Exclusive procurement news! Government to review Buying Solutions

After we broke the news yesterday of Alison Littley's departure from Buying Solutions, Cabinet Office have just told us that there will be a review into the future of the organisation to be carried out by John Collington and David Shields.  The very good news for staff is that "a transformed Buying Solutions will take its place at the centre of this work". ('This work' being the centralising commodity procurement programme).  While I don't believe that guarantees every job, it does mean that the nuclear option of closing down the organisation appears to be off the agenda.  Anyway, here is the full Cabinet Office statement provided to us;

The Cabinet Office has announced a review of its trading agency Buying Solutions.  The review will be carried out by John Collington, Director of Commodity Procurement within Cabinet Office’s Efficiency and Reform programme, and by David Shields, Procurement Delivery Director for Buying Solutions. The review will be undertaken in February, and its implications considered by Ministers in March.

Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office, has stated that the Sir Philip Green review strongly reinforced the need to push forward quickly with the work that he had already begun on centralising category procurement.  This work remains at the heart of the Government agenda for procurement, and a transformed Buying Solutions will take its place at the centre of this work.  The review now commissioned will examine in more detail how this role will be fulfilled, and how Buying Solutions will operate as a key part of the Centralised Category Procurement programme led by John Collington.

Customers and suppliers will be informed of the outcome of the review in due course. In the meantime, Buying Solutions will continue to work closely with customers and suppliers and all existing operations remain unchanged.

Alison Littley has announced her decision to move on from Buying Solutions, following five years as its Chief Executive.  David Shields, Procurement Delivery Director for Buying Solutions, has taken on provisional day-to-day management of the organisation, reporting to John Collington, Director of Commodity Procurement within Cabinet Office’s Efficiency and Reform programme, until the completion of the review.

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