7. Capability and Professionalisation
The Scottish Government has a vision to be a world-leading diverse employer where equality is achieved. SPPD is committed to this goal and is taking action through its Race Equality Group, which is contributing to the Race Recruitment and Retention Action Plan. We will actively develop the capability of our procurement and property teams to fully embed equality and human rights in all our work through engaging with organisational wide inclusion training along with specific skills development. We also continue to deliver initiatives on other aspects of diversity and inclusion including our Procurement People of Tomorrow programme.
We continue to invest in the capability and skills of our procurement and property teams and others involved in procurement and commercial activity. Our professionalisation strategy, agreed by our Head of Profession, includes local and national talent creation, and development and retention programmes to help us achieve professional excellence against national policy and standards, details of which can be found in Appendix 4.
Professionalisation Scope & Approach
Having the right people in the right place at the right time, with skills and experience to deliver for Scotland
Building wider commercial awareness
Cross-functional collaboration & early engagement
Attract and Create Talent
Procurement People of Tomorrow
Desirable employer/roles (effectively marketed)
Actively enabling diversity
Recruitment entry requirements
Develop and Retain Talent
Professional competency frameworks
Career tree concept
Support for professional studies / membership
Supported learning communities
Organisational People Capability Strategy
High performing team & learning culture
Hub and spoke DPO learning community
Reaching Out and Supporting Others
Trusted advisor and critical friend
Procurement and eCommerce National Shared Services
Procurement policy / tools / guidance e.g.
- Scottish Procurement Policy Notes
- Sustainable procurement tools
- Procurement Journey
- tailored capability guidance
National training & development frameworks & e-learning offerings
Targeted capability development offerings
Forums or short-life work streams to develop, test and roll out best practice innovation
Tailored framework guidance
Procurement Strategy and Annual Reports
Research and Case Studies
Impact & Improvement
Procurement and Commercial Improvement Programme
Engaging communication and marketing
External recognition as Best in Class
Cited as Exemplars
Published case studies
Invited to sit on UK/International Advisory Groups
Foreign government interest
7.1 Delegated Purchasing Authority
We continue to recognise the importance of those responsible for procurement having an appropriate level of delegated authority. Key to this is ensuring that those involved in awarding and managing contracts have the professional skills, knowledge, qualifications and experience to do so in line with the competencies set out in our National Procurement Development Framework. We continue to invest in the skills and capability development of our professional staff through our National Procurement and Commercial Training Frameworks and other targeted capability development solutions.
Our scheme of ‘delegated purchasing authority’, means that no member of staff is authorised to enter into a contract on behalf of Scottish Ministers without written delegated authority to do so from our Director of Procurement. That delegated authority is only given to those who can demonstrate they possess the appropriate skills, competencies and knowledge of our procurement policies and legal obligations.
7.2 Commercial Capability
Our programme to embed and grow commercial capability continues, targeting all Scottish Government civil servants at awareness, practitioner and leadership level, to ensure they understand and can contribute to our wider commercial and sustainability ambitions.
We have also developed and maintain a range of enabling tools to support buyers and public sector organisations across Scotland which are listed in the appendices and referenced throughout this document.
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