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Public sector procurement needs to be more ‘defined’

SupplyManagement - CEO David Noble has argued that a higher profile for procurement in the public sector could greatly improve performance on major public projects.

Speaking at the Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) hearing yesterday Noble said: “Procurement needs to be more defined about what it actually does as a profession. There have been significant steps forward but it doesn’t go far enough across government.”

He also said the profession needs to be licensed at all levels to attract the best and to give the activity the necessary authority.

He added problems arise in large projects, with money often lost in post-contract claims, because management is not sustained across the whole contracting process.

But he said: “There is an international perception that UK public procurement is ahead of the game. We are working with central government to get leaders to share skills.”