Katherine Clark is a Procurement Officer at Kent County Council. Her duties involve the strategic sourcing for the information technology needs of one of the largest county councils in the UK.
Tell me about yourself?
I’ve been working in the procurement team for Kent Council for the last few months, my role revolves around the IT needs for the council.
How do you use Market Dojo?
We use Market Dojo in our procurement departments for eAuctions and questionnaires to weight auctions. Typically we use it on tenders greater than £50,000 however we have auctioned for values of only a few thousand pounds.
What is your most notable success using Market Dojo?
My first eAuction involved comparing suppliers for an identification tracker system. Kent county council had been using an incumbent supplier for a number of years on the same contract terms but we wanted to discover the current market value and whether we could produce savings as a result.
We choose to conduct a Weighted Ranked eAuction, with 70% based on value and 30% based on the quality. The result was a huge success with our incumbent and preferred supplier offering a value that was 40% less than the previous price we had been paying.
We also received very positive feedback from the suppliers that took part in the eAuction, some of the suppliers mentioned that they found the system easy to use and were happy to have taken part and been considered in the eAuction.
How will Kent County Council continue to use Market Dojo?
Here at Kent County Council, we are always looking at ways we can use Market Dojo. The success we have had has changed the mentality of our procurement teams into a focus on generating greater savings turning us into a team that thinks “why should we not use Market Dojo, rather than why we should”.
Lastly, what is your favourite thing about Market Dojo?
We love just how easy it is to use. When I was first tasked with creating an eAuction I was quite daunted with having had no prior experience of conducting an auction or using an eSourcing software before. But after creating a few demo events using their Sandpit tool and the support from Market Dojo, I felt confident in my ability to use the software and produce great results.
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