Barnardo's has appointed a purchasing manager from the procurement services provider buyingTeam to head a new corporate buying function.
Paul Barber will act as the charity's procurement manager as part of what it says is the first 'insourced' purchasing initiative in the voluntary and community sector.
Barber, who was previously responsible for e-purchasing at Ford, will negotiate reduced costs through centralised purchasing deals and other efficiencies.
Richard Penney, finance director at Barnardo's, said: "We want to make sure we are getting the best value, service and quality from our suppliers to help us maximise the delivery of services to young people. We asked buyingTeam to help because we have worked closely with it for some time - it understands Barnardo's and the challenges facing the charity sector."
Barber said: "Procurement insourcing is new to the charity sector. It's exciting to be working with Barnardo's because it is prepared to innovate to ensure its resources are used to the maximum effect."