The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) and the Government Commercial Function (GCF), acting on behalf of the UK Government’s Cabinet Office, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collectively enhance and further improve commercial capability across the Civil Service.
The MOU sets out their intentions to:
• Establish a senior commercial leaders’ forum for the profession to develop views from industry and key Government commercial capability initiatives
• Work collaboratively to optimise delivery of training and capability improvement programmes both in the GCF and where appropriate across the Civil Service for existing commitments, such as the Commercial Fast Track Apprenticeship and Fast Stream Graduate programmes
• Maintain and promote professional people standards as well as ethical standards of practice in the profession – including the promotion of CIPS ethics test and the Civil Service Code• Seek opportunities to accredit, design and deliver continuous professional development interventions
• Leverage CIPS membership networks and resources to provide and support representation efforts, such as providing the views from industry and a CIPS view on commercial capability initiatives.
Gareth Rhys Williams, Government Chief Commercial Officer, Cabinet Office said: “Building commercial capability within government is one of the government’s top priorities for the civil service. We have already made significant strides in achieving this and we have big ambitions, so there is more to do as part of the transformation programme we have embarked upon.
"Commercial leaders in government will be making an essential contribution to the Government’s efforts to address the agenda for enhanced corporate services and higher quality public service delivery. We need a cadre of great commercial talent in all government departments; people who can manage our commercial portfolios, who can lead our most complex and novel programmes and projects, people who have the gravitas and depth of experience to work alongside our policy and operational leaders to develop innovative commercial arrangements, including joint ventures, outsourcing and best-in-class contracts.
"Professional development is a key part of holding the workforce we need; skilled, accredited and with qualifications recognised the world over. That is why I am pleased to be associated with CIPS.”
Gerry Walsh, Group CEO, CIPS said: “We have a long history of partnership with the UK Government to enhance the development of commercial acumen and judgement in a broad and complex range of procurement and supply management activities undertaken within the Government Commercial Function. This MOU builds on and strengthens that partnership to leverage the value of commercial leadership for a successful future and the protection of the taxpayers’ purse.
“I’m delighted that CIPS is working with the Government Commercial Function to create a senior commercial leaders’ forum, driving and promoting excellence while aligning with Government Commercial Professional People Standards.“
CIPS is pleased to announce that Gareth Rhys Williams will be speaking at the CIPS UK Annual Conference on the transformation of the Government’s commercial function and some of the key challenges and successes so far.
For more information contact:
Trudy Salandiak; CIPS PR Manager; firstname.lastname@example.org; +44 (0) 1780 761576; 07554 400 731
About The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply
The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) is the world’s largest procurement and supply professional organisation. It is the worldwide centre of excellence on procurement and supply management issues. CIPS has a global community of over 120,000 in 180 different countries, including senior business people, high-ranking civil servants and leading academics. The activities of procurement and supply chain professionals have a major impact on the profitability and efficiency of all types of organisation and CIPS offers corporate solutions packages to improve business profitability. www.cips.org; @CIPSNews
About The Government Commercial Function
The Government Commercial Function (GCF) is led by Gareth Rhys Williams, who is also Head of Profession for the 4000 people in commercial roles and carrying out commercial activities across central government. The GCF has an aim to become the best commercial function in the UK. One of the key focuses for the GCF is to work with, and support, government departments to ensure that the government has the right people with the right capability in commercial positions.
The GCF maintains a set of Professional People Standards which underpin all that it does and how it will do it. These will help guide professionals throughout their career. Part of the GCF Commercial Capability Programme is the creation of the Government Commercial Organisation (GCO). The GCO is the new employer of accredited commercial specialists across government.