Procurement services provides strategic leadership, strategic sourcing, policy and governance setting for major procurement activity, and manages key strategic supplier relationships. The primary role is to ensure that the procurement of goods and services achieve value for money (VFM) and meet the functional needs of the council.
We also ensure that the supplier relationship management of our partners and suppliers delivers high standards of performance, continuous improvement and innovation within the VFM framework.
Procurement Services is centre-led and structured to support key services including City Management, Built Environment, and Housing and Construction. Also key categories of spend that are consumed across the organisation, namely professional services, IS (Information Services) and Corporate Services. Procurement Services works in collaboration with its key customers within the council.
Procurement Services is led by the Chief Procurement Officer and has two teams: Category Management and Procurement Development.
This function is designed to support major categories of expenditure and has adopted category management as an approach to address key spends.
Category Management is a cross functional approach that uses, to our advantage, service expertise alongside professional procurement skills to effectively manage the organisation’s spend. We have two Category Management teams; People and Services (City and Corporate Services and Public Health) and Place (Construction & Infrastructure).
These support both the Category Managers and Nominated Authorised Officers (NAO’s) managing procurement policy and processes, governance, compliance, support of procurement systems, provision of MI (management information) and maintenance of the contracts register, Sourcing Plan and Sourcing Pipeline.
Procurement Development leads the development and maintenance of the Category Management toolkit in conjunction with the Category Management team and delivery of wider procurement training.
capitalEsourcing, the council's own platform, is managed and supported by Procurement Development including systems development, system administration and training.