An important aspect of management is the ability to know where an organisation is at a given time. Within this Guide, information has been given to help you and your organisation to improve its procurement activities and making better use of its limited resources. Improvements may be achieved by getting the same or better goods and services for less cost or making better use of the institution’s resources through its staff working smarter.
It is recommended that within your institution you measure the level of professional procurement influence and the types of procurement arrangements used. This analysis, completed annually, provides a ‘picture’ of how your institution is performing year-on-year. This is very powerful information when used as an internal benchmark however, when the institution is ready, it may be used to benchmark with other institutions, perhaps of equivalent size, age, or academic profile.
Within your institution, it recommended that some transactional analysis is completed to identify areas were, perhaps, more automated processes may be appropriate or to measure improvements that have happened after introducing some new working practice - such as the procurement card.