Outstanding procurement functions and sound commercial plans underpin the most successful organisations.


Outstanding procurement functions and sound commercial plans underpin the most successful organisations.

The public sector has annual spend of over £150 billion to deliver goods and services to the public. Effectively managed procurements with thoughtful planning and execution are essential to achieving value for money (VFM) for the taxpayer.

Central Government Procurement

Whether working through our interim frameworks or directly alongside the Government Commercial Function (GCF through the CCS permanent framework); the scale of procurement and commercial functions within government departments and Arms Length Bodies has meant that this is a space in which we need to be operating.

Despite this presence, we are proactively trying to increase our reach within this market and know that our diverse candidate network from within government, the wider public sector and leading commercial organisations (in which our procurement recruitment team have significant recruitment experience) leaves us well placed to support anything from business as usual to significant procurement change programmes.

Local Government Procurement

Local authorities remain a crucial part of public life and face unique challenges, from constantly trying to offer better value for money in line with central government directives and councillors’ election promises to investing money to managing assets on behalf of the community.

Allen Lane is the first port of call and most trusted method of recruitment for hundreds of procurement professionals working throughout London councils and beyond – whether through the latest iterations of ESPO or LGRP or personal, often decade-long standing relationships. Our commercial, procurement and category specialists are market leading offering significant permanent and interim expertise.

NHS Procurement

As Europe’s largest employer, the NHS comes under constant scrutiny from both the media and public, making it subject to political comment and potential changes. It does not stand still and whether in Trusts, CCGs or affiliated organisations such as NHSI and NHS England; the NHS is our ‘flagship’ sector.

With close links to the finance departments that we have represented for so long, our advice and procurement candidates have both played key roles in NHS procurement functions since 2012.

Charities and Not for Profit Procurement

From a funny red nose to a bright yellow daffodil, some of the most recognisable brands in the UK’s economy are in the charity sector, generating a total income of over £36 billion. Providing a hugely diverse range of services, support, research and education, there has never been a greater need for their work both in the UK and abroad.

Few sectors appreciate the need more for effective and innovative value for money than the third sector; meaning that our increasingly prominent procurement presence, from procurement officers to CPOs, effectively supports our clients’ increasing challenges.

Housing Procurement

In recent years, Housing Associations have weathered a very tough economic climate and are now well placed to meet current practical and financial challenges. Having operated one of the most successful public-private partnerships on record, levering in £50bn of private finance in return for £40bn of public investment, in conjunction with an underlying income stream from social rent and increased flexibility from partners and stakeholders; the sector will continue successfully to deliver new homes and strong communities in times of economic downturn.

Our most prominent Housing presence is arguably within the procurement function for whom we punch above our weight having partnered with a number of social housing organisations on an interim, temporary and permanent basis. The salaries on offer and commercial reach of our network has led to us becoming one of the leading suppliers to many of the G15, smaller HAs, ALMOs and property related organisations. Our CIPS award tables are often dominated by Housing professionals – long may that last.

Education Procurement

The education sector is traditionally divided into three main areas – school education, further education, and higher education. It is a sector that consistently attracts some of the Public Sector’s most creative and innovative thinkers and brightest minds.

It’s hard to keep up – from student fee debates to DFE grant distribution and the increase in Academies. But we do our best… Within our procurement team, we offer a strong presence particularly within the HE market (whether through LUPC, SUPC or direct links), using our relationships and knowledge to recruit Procurement Directors and teams of professionals (as we are currently doing with Brunel University) to help this sector overcome its many challenges.

For candidates, the education sector offers you the chance to work in high profile businesses and to influence future generations.

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