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Julie Gordon

Procurement Portfolio Specialist

"I joined the team in the summer of 2007, having previously worked in a procurement role in the private sector for just over a year, before that I'd worked in Procurement Operations for the Scottish Government. Having the mix of commercial experience and knowledge of the public sector has been helpful in my new role as it's so varied. Plus, the terms of some of the benefits here such as flexi-time and pensions are more favourable in comparison to many private sector organisations.

I lead five recruitment based Collaborative Contracts – the first to be tendered under the new processes developed on the recommendations made in the McClelland Review – so that's pretty exciting. We're also developing UIGs (User Intelligence Groups), so we're really shaping the way HR procurement is dealt with in the central government sector.

I use UIGs to gather information from users and develop specifications that determine the requirements of Central Government Centre of Procurement Expertise as a whole, so communication is a key part of what I do. I also get involved in a range of other activities including researching the market place, benchmarking and supplier negotiation. In addition, I lead the production of best Value for Money recommendations for contract awards.

Having worked in a similar role here before Central Government Centre of Procurement Expertise was formed, I can really see a difference, there are more people in specialist roles now, so the whole team is more focussed, and more customer focused.

I think we're a lot more high profile now, we're really making our mark and we've almost completed the first wave of procurements and some processes are already in place, but that's just the start. We're a young team so there are real opportunities here for procurement professionals to really influence the way things are going and play a real role in shaping our future. There are a lot of exciting challenges ahead.

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