Friday, September 14 14:09:55
The Minister of State with special responsibility for Public Service Reform and the Office of Public Works, Brian Hayes, today opened the competition to recruit a Chief Procurement Officer for the Public Service.
A recently published Review of the Central Procurement Function, commissioned by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, found that implementation of its recommendations, over a three-year period, could yield potential annual savings in the range of E249 million to E637 million, depending on the approach taken.
Last week, the Government agreed a number of reforms which represent a radical new consolidated and integrated approach to public procurement. Central to the implementation of these reforms is the recruitment of a Chief Procurement Officer.
The Chief Procurement Officer will establish and lead a new National Procurement Office and will drive procurement reform across the Public Service.
Minister Hayes said today, "This is a key first step in implementing the reforms of the central procurement function, announced just last week. The Chief Procurement Officer will be an appointment of national importance to lead a major efficiency drive on a total Government spend on supplies and services of E9 billion per annum. We are moving ahead on this quickly as this is a key area of Public Service Reform with the potential for substantial savings over time".