Procurement and partners

Procurement and Partners │Digital Transformation

Partners with suppliers and other organisations, such as tech companies, to accelerate digital transformation.

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  • Adheres to rigorous procurement practices that comply with UK public sector procurement regulations and also prioritise transparency, fairness, and cost-effectiveness. Makes optimal use of framework agreements and dynamic purchasing systems to expedite procurement processes.
  • Employs skilled procurement professionals specialising in digital technologies to strengthen capabilities in evaluating potential technology partners and solutions.
  • Prioritises social responsibility in its procurement processes. Considerations include a supplier’s sustainability measures, community impact, and commitment to ethical practices.
  • Actively looks for opportunities for collaborative procurement or shared services with other organisations, enabling cost-saving, resource-sharing, and knowledge exchange.
  • Frequently reviews and revises procurement strategies to align them with the organisation’s evolving digital transformation objectives, market trends, and technological advancements.
  • Upholds ethical procurement standards by giving substantial weightage to data privacy and security, human rights, and environmental sustainability during supplier selection. Encourages diversity in procurement by inviting bids from SMEs, startups, and businesses owned by underrepresented groups, fostering a diverse and inclusive supply chain.


Contract and Account Management

  • Establishes and cultivates resilient relationships with technology vendors, facilitating an unbroken supply chain for tech products and services. Seeks partnerships with tech providers known for their innovative solutions and expertise to boost digital transformation.
  • Engages technology partners early on in the project planning phase, capitalising on their knowledge to design superior digital solutions.
  • Upholds contract management procedures to ensure contractual commitments are met, risks are mitigated, and performance metrics are tracked and reviewed regularly.



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