The government is recruiting a chief procurement officer. The position will combine the role of CEO of the procurement agency, Buying Solutions, and the head of procurement in the Cabinet Office's Efficiency and Reform Group.
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The post is being advertised internally but no deadline has been given. A Cabinet Office spokesman said no further information about the role and objectives is currently available.
The announcement of the post follows a recent commitment from the government to increase the level of SME procurement to 25%. But David Chan, director at the Centre for Information Leadership at City University London, said the new position would not necessarily improve the situation.
"It depends on the will of the Cabinet Office and to what extent they will be paying lip service and how much they want change," he added.