Last edited 25 Sep 2020

Integrated supply team

'Integrated supply team' is a term used to describe the integration of the complete supply chain involved in the delivery of a project. This may include the main contractor, designers, sub-contractors, suppliers, facilities managers, and so on.

The integrated supply team differs from the term 'integrated project team' as it relates only to the main contractor and their supply chain (designers, sub contractors, suppliers, etc.), whereas the integrated project team includes the client, and a project manager if there is one.

The relationship between the Integrated project team and the supply team is illustrated in OGC guidance as shown below:


[Image ref AE5:The integrated project team: teamworking and partnering P5.]

The integrated supply team is particularly relevant on public projects as the recommended procurement routes proposed by the government are private finance initiative (PFI), prime contracting and design and build with very early appointment of the integrated supply team. Under these routes, the entire supply team (designers, contractors, specialist suppliers and facilities managers) are appointed after the project brief has been prepared, and may involve just one single contract with the entire integrated supply team, not separate contracts with individual companies that make up the supply chain.

This is a model that is increasingly being adopted in the private sector, as clients seek a single point of responsibility for delivery of a project, and also because of the increasing need to involved specialist suppliers and contractors in the design process. The Strategic Forum Integration Toolkit suggests that contracting with a single supply team rather than separate companies is possible for small and occasional clients as well as larger more experienced clients.

NB: The Office of Government Commerce (OGC) has now been absorbed into the Efficiency and Reform Group (ERG) within the Cabinet Office. OGC guidance has been archived, however, it is cited in the Government Construction Strategy and the Common Minimum Standards.

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