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Public procurement: priorities 2021 to 2022

Published: 2 Jun 2021

A set of priorities, high level aims and aspirational delivery statements for all public procurement leaders which demonstrate our commitment to using the power of procurement to deliver and influence outcomes that are good for the people of Scotland.

Published:
2 Jun 2021
Public procurement: priorities 2021 to 2022

The Public Procurement Group has developed a set of priorities, high level aims and aspirational delivery statements for all public procurement leaders in Scotland – the public procurement priorities. They demonstrate our commitment to using the power of procurement to deliver and influence outcomes that are good for the people of Scotland. They also support the commitments set out in the government’s National Performance Framework, the Programme for Scotland and our Economic Recovery Implementation Plan.

Priority: leadership and visibility

High level aims:

  • engage and influence organisation leaders and stakeholders
  • raise profile with better communications internally and externally
  • identify and own escalated issues

Delivery/ success statement for all procurement leaders

We will increase the visibility of procurement, reviewing and refreshing our existing engagement with key stakeholders internally and externally, improving our communications and ensuring that all leaders understand their role in driving and enabling impactful procurement. We will identify, mitigate and manage risks and issues acting on the outcomes of the various reviews on the impact of the sustainable procurement duty - including feedback from suppliers. We will actively support cross-sector working, and will ensure that the Minister’s Annual Report to Parliament is embedded into ways of working.

Priority: sustainable economic recovery

High level aims:

  • mainstream sustainable procurement and related tools
  • use of intelligent data and local partnerships Local Partnerships
  • inclusive and responsible supply chains
  • understand what good looks like, tracking performance and tackling opportunities to deliver better outcomes

Delivery/ success statement for all procurement leaders

We will broaden the impact of the Sustainable Procurement Duty, seeking to deliver wider socio-economic benefits for the communities which we are part of and which are part of our supply chains. This will support responsible procurement practices, including inclusive environmental and economic wellbeing, identifying and pursuing equality outcomes in relevant procurements and embedding Fair Work First principles in more contracts and supply chains. We will continue to maximise opportunities for local and third sector businesses to bid for and win contracts, and support public bodies to maximise their procurement spend locally through the intelligent use of procurement data.

Priority: supply chain resilience (public sector)

High level aims:

  • manage business continuity through supply chain shocks (e.g. pandemic, post-EU Exit)
  • build/support immediate and longer term resilience in critical supply chains
  • collaborate on opportunities to grow capacity & capability in targeted sustainable supply chains

Delivery/ success statement for all procurement leaders

We will assess and mitigate key commercial risks associated with geopolitical, societal and health developments (e.g. COVID-19 and EU Exit) to assure supply chains that underpin public services, mitigating and managing risk. We will ensure immediate and longer term resilience is embedded in to critical supply chains and identify opportunities to target, create or grow sustainable supply chains through collaborative working, including implementing targeted guidance on building, growing and maintaining critical supply chains within the rules. We will introduce centrally focussed publicity material for public sector standard specifications to engage manufacturing.

Priority: maximise impact of the sustainable duty (including post EU-exit implications)

High level aims:

  • understand and exploit any flexibility within current Rules and our international obligations to support economic recovery
  • explore further options to maximise priority outcomes and financial wellbeing to ensure Scotland maintains its competitive position in the world

Delivery/ success statement for all procurement leaders

We will assess the coordinated feedback from a range of targeted approaches to test the impact of the sustainable duty. We will assess what’s desirable and possible practically, legally and politically, and develop a plan to address the findings as appropriate through targeted leadership, capability, policy, tools, data & effective reporting and/or other appropriate vehicles.

Priority: climate emergency (including carbon reduction and a circular economy)

High level aims:

  • embed climate considerations in a ‘whether’, ‘what’, ‘how’ and ‘how much’ we buy approach
  • integrate climate action in contract and supplier management activities
  • seek local leaders, stakeholders and suppliers commitment to developing cross-functional roadmaps that exploit opportunities for economic development while delivering on our climate ambitions

Delivery/ success statement for all procurement leaders

We will mobilise the public sector’s c£12.6 billion procurement spend to support our climate change and circular economy obligations. We will take part in an aligned sectoral approach, building on existing networks to secure high-level buy-in, clarify expectations and gain traction on the call to action.

We will identify and mitigate risks, exploiting opportunities and priorities through in-sector and cross-sectoral ways of working. We will develop integrated cross-functional climate impact reduction roadmaps (for example construction, heat, travel, fleet) that may also exploit opportunities for economic development in delivering our climate ambitions. We will benchmark industry best practice and work collaboratively across the public sector to develop practical approaches and buyer capability to influence a green recovery and wider climate and circular economy ambitions.

Priority: achieving professional excellence (against national policy and standards)

High level aims:

  • create and develop the talent we require now and in the future to deliver on our ambitions
  • develop and/or implement collaborative targeted capability programmes to build skills and competencies, driving consistency in approaches
  • ensure that training and professional development continues to be available to the sector during the pandemic and post-pandemic period

Delivery/ success statement for all procurement leaders

We will work with sectoral Centres of Expertise (CoEs) to champion, support and enable the professionalisation agenda including Talent Creation, where we will collaboratively plan, scope and consider next steps on national entry scheme options; and grow, support and enable a diverse Procurement People of Tomorrow (PPoT) community. This will include working to support and encourage ‘conversion’ from other disciplines or from private to public; and Talent Development, where we will understand and address national priorities; develop, map & signpost targeted offerings and events, exploiting the ‘CoAction’/ masterclass concept, commercial capability offerings and sharing sector approaches; and champion CPD/accreditations to underpin the commercial competence of buyers across Scotland.

We will support professional standards for recruitment and development (aligned to the Competency Framework), improving policy into practice and application, raising and applying a high consistent standard this will include.

As Public Procurement leaders we will work collaboratively to explore people development approaches and tools already in place across sectors; and will co-develop leading people development approaches and programmes that can be utilised on a cross-sector basis. We will continue to support and facilitate, and as individuals undertake, the training required by procurement professionals and those spending public money to deliver public value.

Priority: develop our use of systems to exploit sustainable outcomes and support reporting

High level aims:

  • embed national and tailored sectoral systems and best practice tools across the Scottish public sector and supply base
  • increase the visibility / use of other systems in use across sectors
  • develop a strategy to enable the sharing of these systems and tools across sectors to enhance outcomes

Delivery/ success statement for all procurement leaders

We will encourage and support use of collaboratively developed national and sectoral systems and best practice tools to exploit sustainable outcomes, support national reporting and bring benefit across public bodies. CoEs will ensure that there is visibility of system solutions in use or available to use and their strategic development (such as PCS, PCS-T, Procurement Hub and PECOS) and maximise efficiency and effectiveness, where possible, making them available for use across the public sectors. Utilising “shared solutions to shared needs” will be the aim wherever possible, whilst recognising that one size does not fit all and that niche requirements may not be fulfilled by the available systems.