Written answers

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Office of Government Procurement

Photo of Seán KyneSeán Kyne (Galway West, Fine Gael)
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200. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the progress of building a team of service procurement specialists and the proposed upskilling of public service managers in this area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47318/14]

Photo of Brendan HowlinBrendan Howlin (Wexford, Labour)
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In the following tables, Table 1 sets out the overall progress in establishing the Office of Government Procurement. As at early December, 139 (60%) of the planned OGP headcount of 231 is on board; a further 58 (25%) has been selected and most should take up their positions early Q1 2015. Some 34 positions remain to be filled. 21 of these positions will be filled through the newly established Clerical Officer Panel which the Public Appointments Service is establishing.

Table 2 provides further detail with regard to the recruitment of the 158 sourcing roles. The sourcing senior management team is now complete with the Head of Spot Buying joining the five portfolio managers in October.

Table 1OGP Recruitment Status as at 08th Dec 2014
Customer Service191207
Programme Mgmt2101
Corporate Affairs3300
Office of CPO144010
Table 2Sourcing Recruitment as at 08th Dec 2014
Director of Sourcing1100
Portfolio Managers5500
Head of Spot Buying1100
Category Managers302073
Category Specialist (1)7034360
Category Specialist (2)4028120
Sourcing Support11407

To ensure a consistent approach to operations and an over-arching cohesive culture in an organisation consisting of people from diverse entities and backgrounds, the OGP has developed a learning and development strategy based upon a set of technical and behavioural competencies as well as a matrix of appropriate training interventions to address any gaps in these competencies.

Initial training has commenced and is aimed at equipping staff with the necessary skills and knowledge to work to a common standard in the following three core areas by early 2015.

- Core Procurement & Category Management Training 

- Public Sector Procurement 

- Customer Service


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