Effective Procurement

What is effective procurement?

Procurement is most effective when the roles of management, suppliers and users are aligned with the strategic direction of an organisation. If the procurement outcome does not support the organisation’s objectives, why is it being undertaken?

Our objective is not to deliver the procurement process; it’s to deliver the successful business outcome, legally, ethically, and in full compliance with any applicable regulations.

To deliver the right outcome procurement needs to understand what that outcome looks like, how its success will be measured (critical success factors), and what constraints are in place e.g. budgets. Effective procurement will then explore all options available taking account of appetite for risk, recommend on the most effective approach to adopt, then deliver the desired outcome once the way forward is approved.

Effective procurement doesn’t stop at contract signature, it embraces the whole life concept that includes contract management to ensure what was procured is actually delivered.

Whilst compliance is essential in the public sector domain, Prism’s philosophy is best summed by this famous Douglas Bader quote:

“Rules are for the obedience of fools, and the guidance of wise men.”

How Can We Help You?

Public Sector

With our blend of in-depth knowledge and experience of the current EU regulations (including the imminent changes) and procedures, and our commercial and pragmatic approach to delivering outcomes, we provide a range of procurement services from task and finish whole project support through light touch oversight to simple advice and guidance.

Whole project support offers:

  • a dedicated MCIPS qualified project manager who will work with your subject matter experts
  • development of a realistic and achievable Statement of Requirement, 
  • running a fully OJEU compliant tender culminating in the successful award of a contract.


Light touch is a tailored support package to help you where you feel you need support.

Advice and support can be a retained relationship utilising modern communication techniques so you always have access to our expertise and knowledge.

We also specialise in developing frameworks and providing framework management

Private Sector

We offer pragmatic and commercially based procurement support including contract negotiation.

Specialist Public Sector Bid Support:

Based on our in-depth experience and ongoing roles of supporting a variety of public sector organisations, we can bring our knowledge and understanding to support you during your bid process. This includes

  • helping you understand the OJEU process; 
  • what it is you have to do and why; 
  • what we think are the key points of the bid based on our understanding of the public sector market and current thinking/pressures.