Scottish Water Shines With Top Industry Procurement Award

Posted: Wednesday 24th June 2015

Scottish Water has become the first company in Scotland - and the first water company in the world – to achieve recognition for its ‘world-class’ procurement standards.

The Platinum accreditation status from the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply is being seen as allowing Scottish Water to ensure it brings maximum value to customers and continues to pioneer leading edge procurement practice within Scotland.

As the fourth largest water and wastewater service provider in the UK, with a £1.1Bn turnover, Scottish Water is one of the most important contract commissioners in Scotland.

Scottish Water is currently engaged in one of the largest investment programmes in the UK water industry, amounting to around £2.5Bn, which is supporting more than 5000 construction jobs which represents between 30-35% of the construction industry sector.

Joe Rowan, General Manager of Scottish Water’s Procurement and Supply Chain, said the CIPS accolade puts the business among the very best in the world.

He said: "We are only the seventh organisation to achieve this new standard; the first in Scotland, the first public sector organisation and the first water company in the world. This is a truly prestigious award and an achievement we can be proud of.

“The award is recognition of the excellent work of Procurement and Supply Chain team, providing a platform for them to play a key role in supporting Scottish Water’s Vision of being ‘Trusted to care for the water on which Scotland depends’.

“To achieve the Platinum status, our leadership, policies, processes and performance measurement and management were assessed in-depth against world-class standards.

“The assessment and feedback on areas of improvement will allow Scottish Water to continue to advance its Procurement and Supply Chain management abilities to ensure maximum value is added to our customers and to continue to pioneer leading edge procurement practice in Scotland.”

Being a public utility, Scottish Water Procurement and Supply Chain activities are regulated largely through legislation and need to comply with EU Procurement Legislation with the Utilities Directive.

Joe added the Procurement and Supply Chain team have a hugely influential role within Scottish Water, driving value to the company, and ultimately domestic and business customers, by driving cost savings, promoting innovation, building positive relationships and providing market expertise and analysis.

Joe said: “The learning and experiences gained from going through the assessment has contributed greatly to the development of our team which can only result in an even more enhanced and successful delivery of our service.”

David Noble, Group CEO, CIPS comments,

“We welcome Scottish Water to this elite and flourishing group of organisations with Corporate Certification at platinum level.

“This in one of our highest levels of achievement and is a highly demanding process towards completion. This accomplishment has shown Scottish Water to be world-class in their performance and policies, with those responsible for procurement activity demonstrating why they are the best of the best. Congratulations to all.”

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