Public Procurement

Public Procurement for Scotland – a new governance model

October 4, 2019 by No Comments | Category Best practice, Procurement news, Scottish Procurement

As of Tuesday 1 October, there are some changes to the existing Public Procurement for Scotland (PPFS) governance model.

The changes will help to improve and enhance procurement’s delivery of the four new ‘power of procurement’ outcomes:

  • Good for businesses and their employees
  • Good for places and community
  • Good for society
  • Open and connected

These describe what our contracting, policies and services should deliver and support our commitment to engagement and collaboration.

What are the changes?

The strategic forum model and reporting requirements will come to an end.

The Collaborative Leads Group, Policy Forum and Professional Practice and Development Forum will continue as channels for engagement, consultation and communication. They will no longer have formal reporting responsibilities to the Public Procurement Group (PPG). The Best Practice and e-Commerce Forums will also end.

Previous forum activities and reporting requirements will be replaced by dedicated workstreams with a single focus. Participants from across sectors and organisations will maximise effective delivery. Many workstreams will be short term. All activity will align to the four outcomes and be reported directly to the PPG.

To mitigate any gaps in communications, the PPG will publish a quarterly highlights blog with cross-sector updates. Direct activity/workstream communications will be issued as required by the relevant workstreams through existing channels.

How does it affect me?

Unless you are an existing strategic forum member – in which case you will be aware of these changes – this should not affect your ongoing interests. As workstreams emerge, so will opportunities to engage in delivery of PPFS commitments.

What are the current activities?

From Tuesday 1 October, PPFS workstream activities are:

PPFS activity: Using public procurement spend to support the climate change emergency response (PFG 19-20 commitment)
Key contact: Nikki Archer (Scottish Government)
Power of Procurement outcome: Good for places and community

PPFS activity: Supplier Journey refresh
Key contact: Lizanne Drummond (Scottish Government)
Power of Procurement outcome: Good for business and employees

PPFS activity: Co-develop and deliver a new suite of accredited programmes and non-accredited courses mapped to the national procurement development framework
Key contacts: Ian McNaught (Scotland Excel) / Gregor Hutton (Scottish Government)
Power of Procurement outcome: Open and connected

PPFS activity: Develop cross sector PPoT programme
Key contact: Gregor Hutton (Scottish Government)
Power of Procurement outcome: Open and connected

PPFS activity: Annual learning priorities and competency framework refresh
Key contact: Gregor Hutton (Scottish Government)
Power of Procurement outcome: Open and connected

PPFS activity: Procurement Journey refresh
Key contact: Lizanne Drummond (Scottish Government)
Power of Procurement outcome: Open and connected

PPFS activity: Management information platform development
Key contact: to be confirmed
Power of Procurement outcome: Open and connected

PPFS activity: Open contracting commitments
Key contact: Lynn Peterson (Scottish Government)
Power of Procurement outcome: Open and connected


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