Case Study -
Buyer profile - Andrew Warrington - Procurement on the move
For any local authority, keeping people on the move so they can get to work, school or access services is vital for residents – Perth and Kinross Council (PKC) rely on PCS to help deliver all its public transport needs for the area.
The PKC Public Transport Unit is managed by Andrew Warrington, his 11-strong team has responsibility for delivering all procurement decisions relating to public, school and community care transport with the support of the Council’s central procurement department.
Andrew has a wealth of experience in managing and delivering public transport, holding the position of public transport manager for PKC since 1996, and, he previously held the same role for the former Tayside Regional Council from 1986.
Following an extensive procurement exercise in 2011, Andrew and his team engaged with local suppliers to sign up to PCS so that they could be involved in future contract opportunities. Over 100 local suppliers, from major multi-national transport providers to single vehicle taxi operators, are now registered on PCS in order to get involved in PKC opportunities.
Now, all £9 million worth of public transport contracts for the area are advertised through PCS.
Andrew explains: “PKC operates a decentralised procurement policy, the Public Transport Unit has devolved control over public transport spend with the support of the procurement department – in my experience, PCS does exactly what it sets out to do, increases competition, provides transparency and it is a great management tool.
“In 2011, the team carried out extensive engagement exercises to meet with buyers and explain that in the future, all procurement for transport would be carried out via the PCS service. Suppliers were happy to sign up and it means that for large or smaller contracts conducted through Quick Quote, we can be assured that local businesses are able to access opportunities.
“The team is responsible for procuring public transport contracts, school transport for the area, community care transport as well as roadside infrastructure such as bus shelters. Enhancing our buying procedures is an ongoing process, from providing continued support to local suppliers in helping them benefit from closer working with the Council, to internal training and use of PCS developments such as PCS Tender.”