A Memorandum of Understanding cementing closer working and enhancing Government purchasing capability has been signed between the UK Government Procurement and The Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS).
The MoU was signed on 24 May by John Collington, UK Government Chief Procurement Officer and Head of the Government Procurement Profession, and CIPS CEO David Noble.
The new MoU will serve as a significant boost for the Government procurement profession with both organisations agreeing to combine resources on areas of common interest, including:
- Lobbying and representation in support of the transformation of EU Procurement rules
- Collaborative work to optimise training and other procurement capability improvement programmes both within GPS, and where appropriate across Government
- Exploring ways to increase the percentage of civil service procurement staff that are professionally qualified
- Promoting Government Procurement initiatives, best practice tools and techniques to non-Government bodies, with any resultant income invested to improve the capability of UK civil service procurement staff
Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office said:
“Spending taxpayer’s money wisely is central to our agenda for deficit reduction and growth and that's why two years ago, we embarked on an unprecedented programme of public procurement reform.
"We have made significant progress and now have for the first time an accurate understanding of our procurement and supplier landscape.
"Capable, skilled procurement professionals are at the heart of our strategy and I welcome this joint agreement with CIPS to support us in delivering our ambition.
John Collington, Government’s Chief Procurement Officer and Head of the Government Procurement Profession said:
“Continuous professional development and improvement in capability sits at the heart of the Procurement Reform Strategy. Given the size of the prize from better management of total procurement spend, in support of the Government’s deficit reduction and growth priorities, there is an opportunity to ensure the UK Civil Service procurement profession, through delivery, is valued and appreciated at the very highest levels of office, now and for the future.”
“Therefore, our desire to work with CIPS on a range of mutually beneficial objectives will enable both organisations to support the enhancement and capability of the profession. I sincerely believe that this MoU will further strengthen our current relationship and we in Government Procurement look forward to working with David and his staff over the next 12 months at a very exciting time for public procurement.”
David Noble, Chief Executive Officer at the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply:
“The public sector and professional procurement of goods and services is a key focus for the institute and we’re committed to support this agreement. I believe that excellent practice at national, regional and local government levels will reduce spending and offer significant value-add to departments struggling with the challenges and pressures of today’s public sector world.”
David Noble will continue to sit on the Cabinet office Procurement Reform Board as a non-executive, in an advisory capacity.
Pictures of signing available on request.