Improving performance through procurement
In the period July 2021 to March 2023, we worked with groups of buyers and suppliers to demonstrate productivity improvements through better procurement and more collaborative working.
The Supply Chain Sustainability School offered 11 Supply Chain Improvement Programmes (SCIPs) with the aim of improving productivity and performance. By completing this performance through procurement improvement programme, projects achieved the following benefits:
- Improved productivity through better collaborative working.
- Cost savings through improved procurement skills down the value chain
- Time savings through fewer changes and delays through contractual or communication issues
- Quality improvements through fewer incidents of rework and snags
- Evidence of improved performance down the value chain through use of the cloud-based application
- A better trained team for the next project
This CITB funded programme was developed in collaboration with the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS), Kings College London (KCL) and the Institute for Collaborative Working (ICW). It is aligned with other CITB funded programmes from CECA and Nottingham Trent University.
Organisations chose from the two options that we had to offer:
- Learning journey – we took a cohort of up to 20 people from a business, their clients and/or their supply chain on an instructor led learning journey to improve their procurement skills and apply them in a way that improves value
- Diagnostic journey – we allocated one of our consultants to work with a group of buyers and suppliers to analyse the effectiveness of the business relationship and provide support to find ways to improve.
“Industry training on collaborative procurement is long overdue. A practical understanding of collaborative relationships, tools and systems is essential to help us resolve age-old problems and to improve efficiency, value and risk management. King’s College London Centre of Construction Law have been glad to support the Supply Chain Sustainability School in developing their modules, workshops and online tools on Collaborative Construction Procurement, and we strongly recommend them.”Professor David Mosey, Centre of Construction Law, King’s College London
“Improving procurement skills and capabilities throughout the construction sector has been highlighted in a number of studies and reports as an essential part of addressing some of the poor commercial practices which affect performance, reduce quality and impact safety. It is important that improvement in procurement practices happen at all levels of the supply chain. We at CIPS have been happy to support this important procurement education initiative by the Supply Chain Sustainability School. We would encourage everyone to take advantage of these excellent educational resources and invest the time to improve their procurement skills.”Duncan Brook, Group Director at Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS)
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