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Supplying Scottish Water

We’re constantly looking for new ways of working and products and services to improve our compliance and the value that we provide to our customers, colleagues and stakeholders.

We aim to employ the services of the highest quality suppliers who can provide superior products and services, at the right time and place, of the right quantity and quality, and at the most economically advantageous price.

Our procurement team has responsibility for:

  • Sourcing
  • Issuing all enquiries above £50k
  • Receiving/evaluating commercial quotes, and presenting summaries
  • Conducting negotiations
  • Contract monitoring/expedition on key areas of spend and other post-contract activities
  • Managing the Supplier Development Programme
  • Ensuring compliance to Procurement Policy & Procedures

All purchases that equate to or exceed the European Union (EU) threshold for the Public Utilities Directive are treated in accordance with the EU Legislation.

Any queries for the team may be directed to:

Our environmental commitment

We’re committed to purchasing goods and services to strict environmental and economic standards.

We control this in a number of ways:

  • Seeking to buy products and services with the most beneficial environmental impact whilst maintaining competitive advantage
  • Working with suppliers to encourage continuous improvement including environmental impact of the products and services they manufacture or supply
  • Applying the principles of sustainable development to the use of resources
  • Safely and effectively managing hazardous and intractable wastes
  • Supporting the minimisation of waste and the maximisation of recycling activities and initiatives

We aim to:

  • Conserve limited resources through efficient management of their use
  • Minimise waste
  • Avoid pollution incidents
  • Maintain and improve air, water and soil quality
  • Support sustainable development and sustainability
  • Obtain more effective outcomes for our procurement programme

When assessing the environmental impact of a supplier’s products and services, we consider the following evaluation criteria:

  • Energy
  • Efficiency
  • Life cycle analysis
  • Recycling
  • Environmental management policies and plans

In addition, some examples of environmental supply chain best practise include:

  • Whole life costing (WLC) - this takes into account environmental considerations with the net result being to secure the best functional product at the lowest whole life cost. Energy efficiency is an example of this and has been applied to the purchase of pumps and other products.
  • Procurement of aggregate materials - we are increasing the use of recycled aggregate in our main repair and maintenance contract, thus supporting reduction, re-use and recycling.
  • EURO 4 Fleet - our vehicle fleet is largely compliant to the Euro 4 standard which reduces the impact of our vehicles on the environment.
  • Engineering – specifications for our engineering frameworks also embrace the principals of WLC and value engineering, which helps to ensure we procure products that not only meet demanding functional and economic requirements but also serve to protect the environment wherever possible.