Introduction to Route Three

Route 3 is designed for use by procurement officers. If this does not apply to you please contact your procurement department or centre of expertise.
This Route of the Procurement Journey provides guidance for high value/high risk/strategic procurements as determined by the decision matrix.

The main objectives of the toolkit are:

  • To provide a step-by-step guide to conducting a strategic procurement exercise for high value/high risk requirements
  • To provide a set of guides and templates that can be used to collate and analyse the data required when conducting the procurement exercise
  • To standardise the public sector procurement process across organisations
  • To highlight the minimum legal and policy obligations involved at each stage of the process

In any procurement process, the key roles of budget holder and procurement officer should not be performed by the same individual. For more information please see the Scottish Procurement Policy Handbook.

Consideration must be given to Planning and Risk Management throughout the Journey and records should be kept for audit purposes. It should be noted that purchases of goods and services are routinely the subject of Freedom of Information requests.

Please be aware that where the term 'commodity' is used, this can equally refer to services.

Now you are ready to begin your Route 3 Procurement Journey. Please ensure the guidance is used in conjunction with the internal governance, policies and procedures for your organisation.