Making a difference by collaborating

NDA new 200Following closely on the heels of the annual NDA Estate Supply Chain Event, heads of collaborative procurement from across the nuclear sector met at their annual workshop.

The theme of the session was ‘collaborative procurement – making a difference’.

Helen Perthen, Magnox Commercial Director and Chair of the Shared Service Alliance (SSA), was the keynote speaker and during her opening address said: “Collaborative procurement is at the very heart of what we do. The SSA has responsibility for £2.8 billion worth of spend under the management of 56 contracts, currently £1.2 billion within live procurements.”

The workshop is an opportunity to bring all the procurement leads from the NDA estate together to share learning, best practice and explore expertise from collaborative procurement from outside the nuclear industry.

Ravinder Sibia from the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL), Kevin Sheppard from Magnox and Matthew Griffiths from LLW Repository Ltd gave examples of ‘good, bad and ugly’ procurement projects.

Two workshops looked at the diverse subjects of inflation metrics and socio-economics in action.

The inflation session focussed on improving access to data on inflation, encouraging engagement with the scheme to improve the quality of intelligence and to help ensure that the correct metrics were applied to contracts.

During the socio-economics session, Helen Fisher from Sellafield showed how the NDA’s socio-economic obligations flowed down through the SLC and could be used to support both the national and local growth agendas.

Ron Gorham, NDA Head of Supply Chain Optimisation and SME Champion, said:

“Today is all about recognising what has been achieved in the area of collaborative procurement. The achievements in this area and the work of the procurement teams across the NDA estate are recognised at the very highest levels of Government and we are seen as exemplars, collaborating because it made good business sense rather than because it was mandated.

“This way of working was established in 2007 and the collaborative approach is now steeped in our DNA. We’ve saved around £200 million during this period – which is comparable to some of the larger decommissioning projects, so you can begin to translate these benefits directly to hazard reduction.”

At the event, the Sue Walker Awards for outstanding collaborative procurement were presented to Chris Stanger from LLW Repository Ltd and Magnox’s Paul Grant.

Ron added:

“The awards are the recognition of the hard work and commitment from the two individuals who have gone ‘above and beyond’ with their commitment to collaborative procurement.”

Johnathan Evans, LLWR’s Commercial Director closed the event by reminding the audience that the answer to the question posed at the beginning of the day was clearly “Yes”. The Collaborative Procurement programme is delivering material and sustainable savings. These savings and more will be critical to our mission going forward.