Scottish Councils Plan Cash Savings in Transformation of Procurement

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Capgemini UK plc have been appointed as consultants to a major procurement transformation programme on behalf of Aberdeenshire Council and Aberdeen City Council. The exercise aims to save money and boost efficiency by strengthening centralised control of purchasing, eliminating duplication of activity, and cutting paperwork by greater use of electronic procurement.

The programme involves the redesign of procurement across both local authorities to ensure best practice to 21st century standards. Capgemini will also support the deployment of eProcurement systems at both Councils, facilitating contract collaboration and providing opportunities to share supplier e-enablement and contract content in a cost-effective manner.

Alan Wood, Corporate Finance Manager at Aberdeenshire Council, said: “This programme is all about delivering best value to our citizens, taxpayers and employees. Based on the results that Capgemini has achieved with similar programmes elsewhere in Scotland, I am confident that we will achieve our objectives.”

On behalf of Aberdeen City Council, Craig Innes, Procurement Manager, said: “Our programme reflects the drive for increased efficiency across the whole Scottish public sector and we are delighted to be working collaboratively with Aberdeenshire Council to win significant cost savings in the key area of procurement.”

The two councils together spend some £500 million per year on external procurement and are looking to achieve substantial cost reductions as a result of the procurement transformation programme. They foresee savings being generated via a number of improvements including:

  • stronger negotiation with suppliers as a result of centralised buying and improved management information
  • elimination of duplication of effort between the two councils and across council departments as a result of working together
  • better contract compliance and elimination of off-contract purchasing
  • rationalisation of the supplier base streamlining of procedures and processes
  • cutting paperwork by moving to electronic ordering, invoicing and records.  

John Duncanson, Managing Director of Capgemini for Scotland, said: “Following our successful work in the procurement field at organisations such as Glasgow City Council, we are thrilled to be collaborating in the delivery of cash-saving benefits for the people of Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City.”

Press contacts:
Tom Barton

Amanda Howie Aberdeenshire Council

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