Responsibility for Procurement on the Project

The project manager is responsible for ensuring that the necessary steps have been taken to procure items for the project phases, and that this process has taken into account the various lead times for delivery to the implementation site.

Under normal circumstances the project manager has a procurement manager or assistant working within a corporation or company who does the ordering and administers the purchase ordering and receipt of project goods. However, the project manager should be sure that the assistant understands the procurement process and that he or she is aware of delays caused by administration, payments to suppliers, and invoicing details. The project manager should be aware of any legal implications when placing contracts and purchasing equipment or services from suppliers and contractors.

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