As a member of the emergency services sector, it’s important to remain consistent and effective when making purchasing decisions. The government encourages a collaborative approach when it comes to procurement, not just to save money but also to standardise the items and services that are purchased. Spending wisely will help to drive lasting improvements across all police forces and the fire and rescue service.
YPO is a not-for-profit buying organisation set up to help the public sector buy better. We’ve got over 40 years of procurement experience under our belt and have a range of around 30,000 products which include office supplies and furniture as well as 80 frameworks to procure high value items like clothing and vehicles, and services such as HR, training and insurance.
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Meet the team
Category Buyer - Emergency Services & Blue Light
Sarah joined YPO in 1998. Sarah began her career in the food warehouse as a clerical officer before moving into the transport department where she provided administrative support to the planning and distribution team. Sarah moved from the operational side of the company in 2014 into procurement where she progressed to assistant category buyer for food, leading on to her most recent role as assistant category buyer for emergency services and blue light. Sarah has recently been promoted to category buyer and has started her final year of study towards her MCIPS qualification.
“I absolutely love my job. Every day brings a new challenge, giving me the ability to gain further knowledge and expertise which enables me to work with customers closely and offer expert procurement advice in times where collaboration is being pushed between the services to save money.”
Assistant Buyer - Emergency Services & Blue Light
After working for 15 years across a wide range of business areas within the private sector, retail and the financial services industry, Laura joined YPO in June 2017. Her risk and insurance officer role at YPO has given her an excellent understanding of the business, its values and how it works with the wider public sector. This experience – alongside her customer service, stock distribution, compliance and risk management background – will assist her in her new role as the assistant category buyer within the emergency services and blue light team.
“Customers and suppliers have always been at the heart of my career and to now be working within the public sector, it gives me great satisfaction that the support and hard work I give to the roles I play now goes back to the community I live in. I see a bright future here at YPO and I’m looking forward to the new challenges that lay ahead of me.”
What our clients say
“Having YPO’s support was like having an extra member of our team. The furniture supplied by YPO is of a high standard and has transformed the new building into an efficient working environment. All items were installed on time and on budget, saving us both hours and funds.”
Paula Ibberson | Custody Estates Project
Manager, South Yorkshire Police