The University of Bristol’s head buyer has told of how she turned around procurement to make savings.

Anj Cooke arrived at the university in August 2014 to head up a new procurement department, responsible for the purchase of goods and services. She said the department was in need of a “refresh, realignment and rejig” around category management and its e-tendering tools.

Cooke set about creating an operational strategy, reached out to internal stakeholders and developed her team with the aim of making the department a strategic part of the university. “I needed to look at standard documents, I needed to look at my resources, I needed to look at coms.”

Speaking at eWorld in London, Cooke said she started by taking stock of what she had inherited and made both a short-term plan – “What I’m going to do now to change it” – and a longer-term strategy. A lot of the initial changes were operational, “however you’ve got to put those foundations in, in order to make it tick,” she said.

Click here to read the full article by Francis Churchill