Spend Matters procurement debate – David Smith CB speaks

David Smith CB, CIPS Vice-President and DWP Commercial Director, speaks against the motion "Cost reduction should not be the CPOs main priority".

The video below shows David's speech from our recent debate.  David argues convincingly that while other priorities are important, cost cutting is key.  As he says, "with a public sector deficit of £156 billion, don't kid me that spend reduction isn't a top priority"!

He points out the huge impact that procurement cost reduction can have on a private sector organisation's bottom line, and points out that if a CPO doesn't deliver in this area, there won't be any profile for the profession, and we won't be able to do the other worthwhile things that we would like to do as professionals.

David is an excellent and amusing speaker - listen and watch here.

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