It’s a pleasure to introduce Jonathan Oram as our new National Framework Manager at Pagabo. As a former NHS senior buyer, Jonathan extends his passion and expertise across a range of private and public sectors.
Jonathan enjoys the challenges that procurement brings and the innovation which this drives within the profession.
When his two children are not demanding the best deal, there’s nothing he likes more than to recharge the batteries on a good day out in the countryside, possibly dreaming about re-visiting New Zealand’s South Island, or being tucked up with a good whisky and a box-set.
Q: Why the move to Pagabo?
A: Having worked with the NHS for the last 5 years and all the red tape that entails, Pagabo provide a procurement solution to the public sector which allows for a more efficient use of both the client’s and supplier’s time and budget, which hopefully means that better value is provided to the public sector. It is an exciting opportunity to be able to take all my previous procurement experience and help to shape the future of such an innovative and forward thinking company.
Q: Your job is as national framework manager, what does that entail?
A: I am the national framework manager for Pagabo’s Professional Services and non-construction related frameworks. As such, it is my responsibility to work with both clients and suppliers to develop workplans which will bring value to all parties involved.
Q: Given your NHS past, what are the main challenges for working in the private sector as opposed to the public sector?
A: I originally started my procurement career within the private sector (video games retail) and it is within the last 5 years that I moved from the private sector to the public sector. I worked on the National NHS Supply Chain contract, which was run by DHL. I had to ensure that the commercial requirements of DHL were achieved, whilst savings were provided to the NHS. Over the last 5 years, my team and I have delivered in excess of £10m of savings to the NHS.
Whilst Pagabo is a private organisation, it is working on behalf of the public sector and as such is still bound by Procurement law and regulations. So, with that in mind, the main challenge is around balancing the business realted requirements of Pagabo whilst providing demonstrable value to our clients. Pagabo’s frameworks are set up such that a proportion of the profits are fed back in to the public sector and social value needs within the client’s local area.
Q: How has the supply chain changed over the last decade?
A: In very general terms, it would be that any supply chain has had to become much more agile.
Q: What would be the hardest job in procurement?
A: It has to be said that there is no easy job within procurement, as more and more organisations look to their procurement functions to drive out waste and contribute to the bottom line.
Q: How do you spend your down time?
A: During the week, it is simply catching up on the boxset. At the weekend, I try and get the family out and about in the countryside.
Q: If it’s the little things in life that count, what are the little things in your life?
A: A good quality whisky
Q: Favourite holiday destination?
A: New Zealand as that is where my wife’s sister and husband live. I have been lucky enough to get out there twice. The South Island is just a magical place to be.
Q: What’s apps do you most often use?
A: Google music
Q: What book would you recommend to people?
A: Any book by Daniel Suarez. He writes fictional stories about technology in the near future and the potential impact it has on the human race. The tech in the stories is based on tech concepts that exist now, but then has those extra steps developed.