Procurement Performance

Procurement Capability Assessment (PCA)

Scotland Excel, the Centre of Procurement Expertise for Scotland’s local government sector, carry out an annual Procurement Capability Assessment on all council’s in Scotland.  The Scottish Government states that “ The objective of the PCA is to assist organisations to improve their structure, capability, processes and ultimately performance, by attaining a level of performance that is appropriate to the scale and complexity of their business.  The PCA is endorsed as a key tool to help organisations drive local best practice, deliver savings and demonstrate they are working towards improving their capability.

Better procurement can help us do more with less and the PCA represents a real opportunity to understand procurement capability at a local, sectoral and national level, allowing improvement plans to be implemented to ensure the promotion of efficiency and effectiveness and continuous improvement.”

The PCA looks at:

  1. Procurement Leadership and Governance
  2. Procurement Strategy and Objectives
  3. Defining the Supply Need
  4. Commodity/Project Strategies and Collaborative Procurement
  5. Contract and Supplier Management
  6. Key Purchasing Processes and Systems
  7. People
  8. Performance Measurement     

Scores are applied as follows:

Level 0 – non-conformance
Level 1 – conformance
Level 2 – improved performance
Level 3 – superior performance

Further information about the PCA including a full list of questions and detailed information about how scores are allocated can be found on the Scottish Government’s website:

Fife Council PCA scores

We have improved our score in each year of the PCA.


Percentage Score

Performance Rating

2014 57% Improved Performance



Improved Performance







For information about how Fife's scores compare to the average scores for all Scottish Councils   


Fife Council Procurement Strategy

The Procurement Strategy sets out the main procurement aims and goals of the Council and places these within the context of both external influences and local priorities and objectives.  The procurement aims and goals are set out in nine procurement themesand address both national and loca lrecommendations and priorities.


Tel: 01592 583351 (external) or Ext 583351 (VOIP) Fax: 01592 583441 Contact Procurement online
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