In addition to cross-estate procurement on common supply requirements, the SSA Team works to improve interactions with the supply chain.
We work together on achieving value for money for Alliance Members by identifying opportunities to collaborate on common supply requirements.
We continually improve how we work and how we interact with the supply chain on a portfolio of shared services that help the nuclear decommissioning estate to achieve its objective to be the “nuclear client of choice”.
Since its inception in 2009, the SSA has established over 50 contracts for the Alliance Members to use, covering a wide range of shared supply requirements, including access to routes to market provided by the Crown Commercial Service (CCS).
Alliance Members’ spend through collaborative contracts has grown to £400 million per year, over 20% of the estate’s £1.8 billion annual supply chain spend, saving £286 million so far.
Collaborative Procurement Plan
The Collaborative Procurement Plan is updated on a quarterly basis; therefore, the information contained within the Collaborative Procurement Plan is intended as a guide for forthcoming procurements only, as dates shown may be subject to change.
Over the next 4 years, the SSA is embarking on the implementation of a new operating model and the delivery of a transformation programme to improve how the nuclear decommissioning estate contracts and engages with the supply chain.
The approach is built on 3 strategic themes:
collaborate – adopting category management to drive value delivery opportunities from the alliance’s collaborative procurement programme
integrate – delivering improvement projects to simplify and integrate shared processes and systems across the alliance
Cross-alliance collaboration on procurement of goods and services will continue to be the cornerstone of the Alliance’s activities. Under the new strategy, the SSA Team will lead the implementation of category management to deliver best value from the collaborative procurement programme under 6 shared categories.
A healthy supply chain is critical to the successful delivery of the nuclear decommissioning mission with strategic management of the supply chain an essential part of being the nuclear client of choice. Under the new strategy, the SSA Team will coordinate supplier engagement at a strategic level to improve performance and increase diversity, capacity and capability. We will support the UK government’s growth and enterprise initiatives and investigate ways to reduce the cost of supply:
1. Growth and enterprise
Estate Action Plan for Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
increasing apprenticeship opportunities
delivering growth from supply chain spend
2. Supplier mobility
security access arrangements
site induction processes
equivalent training recognition
access to shared IT systems
3. Supplier assurance
alignment of quality standards
common cross-alliance application
collaborative audits and inspections
We have evolved many ways of doing things to achieve the same outcomes, leading to feedback that the nuclear decommissioning estate can be too complex and difficult to supply to. Under the new strategy, the SSA will lead improvement projects aimed at simplifying shared procurement processes and systems to respond to these concerns.
review of intellectual property / liabilities / damages / insurance
The SSA Team
At the core of the new strategy is the creation of a full-time SSA Team, consisting of 16 people, to lead shared services procurement and supply management on behalf of the Alliance Members. The SSA Team will work with a network of people across our client organisations and the supply chain to deliver these 5 strategic objectives:
build a high performing SSA Team and Network that delivers quality shared services
integrate procurement and supply management best practice across the Alliance
collaborate with Government and suppliers to drive value and performance
deliver savings from shared services to support nuclear decommissioning
ensure the nuclear decommissioning estate becomes ‘the nuclear client of choice’