‘Crown Commercial Representatives’ to lead procurement announced by Cabinet Office

The UK Cabinet Office has announced this afternoon their 7 new  'Crown Commercial Representatives' who will lead in managing the top suppliers to Government. Here's the job description (from the Cabinet Office website:

The Crown Representatives will:

  • maintain oversight of significant new contract awards to key suppliers, using their knowledge of a supplier’s performance across its portfolio of contracts with central government to feed in, where appropriate, to the negotiation/procurement process involving these suppliers.
  • deliver the efficiency savings already agreed in Memoranda of Understanding with suppliers following the renegotiation of contracts, with the support of departments and their officials.
  • provide advice on existing key supplier contracts.
  • develop a comprehensive understanding of the ‘pipeline’ of future Government business that suppliers are potentially or actually bidding for across Government.
  • contribute to the development of the ‘emerging players’ to the Government market including UK, European and global suppliers.
  • in conjunction with the Cabinet Office, departments and other CRs, contribute to the development of new pan-Government sourcing strategies.
  • work closely with departments, contributing to the management and resolution of all significant contractual disputes between departments and suppliers on the programme.

The lucky individuals (who are also keeping their day jobs) are:

  • Martin Bellamy (Information and Communication Technology and Change Director, National Offender Management Service)
  • Bill Crothers (Commercial Director, Home Office)
  • Vincent Godfrey (Procurement Director, Ministry of Justice)
  • Ann Pedder (Commercial Director, Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
  • David Thomas (Commercial Director, HM Revenue & Customs)
  • David Smith (Commercial Director, Department for Work and Pensions)
  • Bill Yardley (Defence Infrastructure Organisation, Ministry of Defence)

No big surprises but two notable omissions; John Collington and Les Mosco, two of the most senior Commercial people in Government.  Certainly at least one was a contender for the Government CPO role. So does their omission from this list indicate that one of them has got the CPO job and therefore can't or shouldn't be a CCR: or does it indicate they didn't get the CPO role and they're off?

We're still none the wiser....!

6pm

On reflection...I'm thinking the former is more likely... starting to draft my CPO congratulatory piece tonight!

Voices (7)

  1. Final Furlong:

    I wouldn’t bet against you Dan

  2. Dan:

    Using a magic 8 ball has confirmed that the smart money is on John Collington…

  3. Rob:

    That’s a really good point Barry.

    I was aware of a commercial team within a major government Department where the Commercial Director gave SRM to one of his senior team to shape and deliver. After three months, nothing had happened – they were too busy with the day job. Needless to say, they were heavily criticised in their Procurement Capability Review.

  4. Barry Henniker:

    As we know SRM is a strategic initiative which is widely practiced in the private sector and it is both laudable and commendable that government sees the benefit of developing a single commercial interface with key suppliers. The disappoining aspect of this move is the underlying assumption that these seven “lucky” people can simply and seamlessly tack that role on to the “day job” SRM is a demanding and time intensive activity at the best of times and from my experience what these people will find is that the suppliers will drive the agenda in their own favour and the CCRs will find themselve deluged with a raft of commercial, technical and contractual conflicts and inconsistencies which suppliers will expect then to resolve.

    Furthernore the only hint of performance metrics attaced to hed new these roles is in policing the delivery of savings already identified – not a taxing task I would not have thought? My point here is that ERG seem to be drip feeding us with snippets like this which would suggest this reform project is very much “work in progress” – which it is, and which perfectly understandable. Until we have sight of the complete architecture (with the designated CPO in post) we can only speculated on how (and if) these individual components will fit together.

  5. Effwhitt:

    My money’s on Les, c’mon!!

  6. Final Furlong:

    Good point Peter re CPO. You can’t be a CCR and the CPO…

    And on that specific point, it doesn’t mention anything about reporting lines with respect to the ownership of the overarching strategy and consistent approach and process ie: will these roles and their associated outputs/outcomes report into the new CPO, thereby joining up all (or most*) commercial and procurement activity across ERG? I can’t imagine that they will all report into Minister Maude. Or will they report to Executive Director, Adrian Kamellard?

    (Aside from Marketing and Comms of course, which as we know, will report into itself, because their needs are always ‘different’ according to Matt Tee, who left soon after publishing his report and recommendations.)

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