The Challenge

Through a competitive process, Procure4 were engaged to support the Head of Procurement develop a compelling vision, mission and focus for the Procurement Team’s activities in the face of increasing financial pressure on front line services. Aligned to key focus areas and supported by a robust category management programme, Procure4 were tasked with developing category approaches in areas not currently under the scrutiny of the internal team.

Working as One Team, Procure4 were able to guide the council through the adoption of a tried and tested category based approach to deliver savings, providing proven methodology, training and support, and quality assurance to the internal team’s own activities. 

The Approach

The initial challenge was to align the internal team behind a compelling Vision and Mission. Procure4 ran a series of workshops with the council to develop their strategic approach, identify key opportunities and deliver an activity plan that would shift the focus from “contract letting” to tangible savings delivery. Procure4 further supported this transition through provision of a Category Management toolkit together with personal training and support for individuals within the team.  To strengthen capability, Procure4’s Talent Management expertise was also used to structure a challenging recruitment process utilising criteria based techniques with candidates.

Finally, Procure4 were asked to support the delivery of key procurement initiatives through deployment of our expertise whilst advising upon the identification, capture and tracking of savings.

The Results

Having supported SCC for over 12 months, Procure4 was able to provide the Head of Procurement with solid pillars by which to underpin his drive for savings; a clear strategic plan with identified key focus areas; improved calibre within the Procurement team through strengthened recruitment processes and category management training; finally an accelerated savings delivery programme  using e.procurement techniques, robust audit methodologies and tailored approach strategies balancing the local economy agenda with the ever increasing drive to unlock improved value for money. 

Key Facts

63 Number of Divisions Represented by Councillors
75 Number of Seats in Council
12 Months Worked to Delivery

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