Is it your time to shine – or ship out?

27 April 2011
Lindsay Clark, international news editor, Supply Management“It’s your time to shine.” I’ve heard it before, of course, and so probably have you. Since the turn of the financial year, I’ve been chatting to a few people in local government about the impact of the cuts – 28 per cent of central government funding over four years – on procurement teams. There are two ways of looking at it. Procurement teams sit in those nasty “back office” functions that no one likes to know about, understand or spend any money on. Best to share them across organisations, save money and cut purchasing jobs. This is the fear factor in procurement. The other way of looking at it is that procurement is brilliant at saving money and there has never been a better time to do so. So there is more work for the team now and it needs to employ more people. If you’re sat in a government procurement department wondering which camp you fall into, then look up. If your head of procurement seems the sort of person who will pounce on the chief executive and entrance him or her with the bountiful benefits you can bring, then you’re in luck. If, on the other hand, your procurement leader tends to hide from change, bemoans the demise of carbon paper and can only be found after a persistent sweep of the stationery cupboard, then it may be time for pastures new.
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