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Procurement Capability Index


PCI Framework

PCI Tool

Your agency’s ability to procure goods and services, manage suppliers and providers, and work with markets and sectors is an essential part of being an effective agency.

The Procurement Capability Index (PCI) Framework helps you evaluate and build your agency’s procurement capability through self-assessment of its procurement capability. The PCI Framework enables you to identify areas where additional focus may be required and put in place procurement capability improvement plans.

The PCI Framework is managed and run by New Zealand Government Procurement (NZGP) with input from the ICR team at Treasury.


The PCI Framework drives effective management practices

The PCI Framework is a tool for Chief Executives and their Senior Leaders. It provides an agency-wide view of procurement capability and a pathway to increase procurement capability in critical areas to support your agency’s business.

The Framework provides:

  • Visibility – identifying your agency’s procurement capability against benchmarks for the agency.
  • Evidence – supporting your agency’s procurement capability self-assessment with evidence of current capability.
  • Accountability – creating confidence in your agency’s self-assessment results through reviews and moderation.
  • Targets – setting procurement capability targets considering agency benchmarks and what is critical and at risk for the agency.
  • Capability – implementing capability improvement plans to meet targets and grow agency and cross-government procurement capability.

Implementing the Framework

Agencies covered by the Government Rules of Sourcing are required to apply the PCI Framework and report annually. However, we encourage all agencies to implement the PCI Framework as it provides you with an opportunity to identify capability opportunities that will deliver better outcomes.

The PCI Framework is about all parts of your agency, particularly those areas interacting with and undertaking procurement functions. This could be contract management teams, ICT teams, service delivery, policy and procurement teams. If there are multiple procurement units or multiple business units that complete the self-assessment, results must be combined to provide a true agency-wide view.

The PCI tool
The heart of the PCI Framework is the PCI tool. You can use this to map your agency’s current procurement capability against 27 capability elements, across eight capability categories, to determine how it is tracking against the established benchmarks for your agency. Instructions are provided within the tool.

Completing the PCI Tool
Your PCI self-assessment needs to be completed annually and submitted each year, to, by 30 September.

Information Sessions
We are hosting information sessions on the PCI Framework and the PCI Tool at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, 15 Stout Street, Wellington on:

  • Tuesday 11 July 2017, 1.00pm – 2.00pm
  • Wednesday 12 July 2017 , 11.30am – 12.30pm
  • Friday 14 July 2017, 10.30am – 11.30am (small agency focus)

Register to attend a session here

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Last updated 21 June 2017