The Government Procurement Service (GPS) represents and supports procurement professionals across central government. Its vision is to raise capability, increase capacity and promote the value that procurement professionals add to the delivery of Departmental objectives.
GPS membership is open to those working in central government departments who meet the ‘GPS procurement professional’ definition. GPS work with departments to identify individuals who meet this definition.
A GPS procurement professional is defined as an individual who spends the majority of their working time:
- in a role that adds value to the quality and cost effectiveness of the procurement/acquisition of goods, services, assets and works
- impacting upon commercial relationships during one or more stages of the procurement cycle, i.e. from product or service conception through to the eventual disposal of the asset or termination of the contract.
This explicitly includes the extraction of the value of these goods and services over the lifetime of any contractual arrangement and the development of contracts that secure value for money and comply with legal and policy requirement.
This specifically includes anyone working within one of the following roles (not necessarily within a central procurement team):
- procurement policy
- contract management or supplier relationship management
- category management
- other procurement, buying or commercial roles that meet the above definition.
Who can join?
GPS membership is open to colleagues from the following departments:
- Business Innovation and Skills
- Cabinet Office
- Communities and Local Government
- Department for Culture, Media and Sport
- Department for Children, School and Families
- Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
- Department for International Development
- Department for Transport
- Department of Health
- Department for Work and Pensions
- Foreign & Commonwealth Office
- HM Revenue & Customs
- HM Treasury
- Home Office
- Ministry of Defence
- Ministry of Justice