In the two years since Jo Gallagher joined the University as Head of Procurement, her team has achieved a string of awards and accreditations.
These include two GO (Government Opportunities) Awards: Procurement Team of the Year 2014 (Scotland) and Procurement Team of the Year 2015 (National): and most recently the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply Corporate Certification Standard Award. Glasgow is currently the only university in Europe to hold this distinction.
Effective data analysis and forward planning are the key to good procurement, says Jo. ’Procurement used to be seen as an administrative process. However, it has evolved to provide rigorous, systematic support in the pursuit of quality and efficiency.
‘As a team we developed a five-year plan to deliver best practice procurement. Our new approach means we work collaboratively to secure hugely important contracts across all colleges and University Services. We’re now seen as enablers, helping colleagues to maximise opportunity for academic success.’