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Demand for procurement skills 'growing in public sector'

27 April 2011

The need for procurement expertise is growing among public sector organisations, despite widespread spending cuts and the growth of shared services.

This is according to council efficiency expert Andrew Larner, who told Supply Management that the recent drive for increased collaboration across the public sector has actually boosted the demand for such skills.

He suggested interim procurement executives and other experts could become increasingly sought after as smaller organisations access such expertise for the first time as a result of shared functions.

"There is a need for good procurement skills and in some cases [public bodies] don't have those skills in house," Mr Larner told the publication.

"As you collaborate you quickly learn there are things you don't know and skills that you don't have," he added.

Mr Larner is managing director of Improvement and Efficiency South East, an authority-led organisation set up to support public sector transformation.

The body recently named Eastbourne Borough Council as its council of the year in recognition of the local authority's success in overhauling its culture and delivering major organisational improvements.

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