Barkers were working with ECFRS to strategically review their procurement function, so this project formed part of a broader strategic approach designed to revolutionise their approach to procurement. Barkers placed resource into the ECFRS procurement team, dedicated to driving forward the ongoing ICT procurement projects.
In line with our collaborative approach, Barkers engaged with all the relevant ECFRS stakeholders and project managers in a scoping exercise, gaining an understanding of the status of each project and its requirements. Recommendations were then made to enhance the procurement process, ensuring that ECFRS remained fully compliant at all times.
A range of methodologies were implemented to meet the objectives of the engagement including;
- Project Management
- Stakeholder and People Management
- Data Analytics and Tender Analysis
- Tender Management
Following the correct internal and external procurement procedures, Barkers ensured each project was actioned in a fully compliant manner and met the internal approval processes when being signed off. Each stage of the procurement process was documented, and the appropriate contractual documentation was reviewed and put in place upon completion.
Throughout the assignment, stakeholder engagement was key. Meetings with senior ICT members were held weekly to update on the progress of each project, along with weekly Procurement team meetings with the Chief Finance Officer, building awareness and securing engagement.