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Public Sector

At the heart of public sector procurement, no matter where in the world you are, is the ability to demonstrate that taxpayers’ money is being spent wisely. This means first, ensuring buyers have the right skills for the task, and second, that effective governance is in place for supply assurance and compliance.

CIPS helps public sector authorities around the world to build key commercial skills and a professional reputation, enabling them to effectively manage supply chain riskachieve best value and deliver better services.

Nothing stands still in the public sector. With ever-increasing regulation making procurement more complex, and budget cuts placing a huge strain on resources, the need to advance procurement performance has never been greater.

Who we work with

Having worked with many national, regional and local government agencies, CIPS is well placed to help public sector organisations to professionalise and upskill your purchasing and supply function. Our clients include the NHS (including various hospitals, NHS Blood and Transport, NHS Supply Chain and NHS Shared Business Services), City of Gold Coast council, Sydney Trains, Sydney Universitythe Home Office,  the Cabinet Office,  the Metropolitan Police, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz University Hospital, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology and GCHQ.

International Development

The purchasing profession in developing, post-conflict or fragile states is in its infancy. Buying systems are often based closely on World Bank and other donor agency regulations rather than on building resilient, ethical, sustainable and compliant practices and policies for the country's particular situation.

The key for these countries is to increase the understanding of how procurement can contribute to and help drive performance, building key skills at the same time as raising the profile of the profession so that it is seen by talented individuals as a positive career choice.

Through our International Development Team and with resources, CIPS is supporting the needs of public sector procurement officials across the world, providing educational resources, organisational development and transformation services.

Supporting International Funding Institutions such as the World Bank and the United Nations including UNDP, UN Women and UNOPS, countries we have worked in include:

Afghanistan Bangladesh Lebanon   


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We run Applied Learning (Corporate Award) programmes specifically for the public sector, such as NHS, local government and central government. For teams of eight or more, we can tailor the programme to your organsiation. Find out more...