Buyers fly the flag at all manner of companies and organisations, but is the profession’s impact any more clear than at charity?
Last week SM caught up with Vickie Malyon, the recently installed head of procurement at the RSPCA. She said her team is playing a critical role in helping steer the charity through the economic downturn.
Tougher financial conditions mean the RSPCA has experienced a reduction in donations and as a result, procurement is targeting substantial savings.
"The current economic climate has reduced the value of investments. At the same time, we see an increase in animals abandoned, unwanted or owners simply unable to afford their animals,” Maylon says.
"The procurement team and the delivery of cost savings is seen as a critical element to secure our future financially through controlling spend rather than being wholly reliant on donated funds."
Maylon’s department was created just under a year ago to help the organisation become more “business like”. In recognising the benefit of purchasing, it will enable the RSPCA to plough more money into animal welfare.
Just goes to show, you can teach an old dog new tricks.