Andrew Blitz is Manager Commercial Development at the WA Local Government Association (WALGA). In this specialist procurement role Andrew develops contracts for the supply of goods and services for the Local Government sector.
The WALGA Preferred Supplier program annually delivers more than $350 million of goods, services and works to the Local Government sector with quantifiable savings and benefits that exceed $40 million per annum. Key business development undertaken by Andrew has included taxation and financial advisory, telecommunications, ICT services, energy and sustainable energy infrastructure, roadbuilding supplies and services, library services, engineering services, environmental services , recruitment and temporary labour supply, advertising and media, town planning, professional and technical consultancy services.
Andrew maintains professional memberships as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (FCIPS), the Local Government Professionals (MLGPA). He has completed the Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia (MIAMA) Probity Advisors course and the Australian Institute of Company Directors course (GAICD). Through these affiliations Andrew has been instrumental in building procurement competencies within industry and promoting the benefits of professional procurement career development. Andrew is a former Regional Chair of CIPSA, award nominee and subsequently a former member of the judging panel for the Australian Procurement Professional Awards. He has been integrally involved in the design, accreditation and delivery of nationally recognised procurement training qualifications. An enthusiastic presenter and facilitator, Andrew has been able to challenge the business and governance processes of many Local Government and supplier organisations, adding value and strategic insight and value to the procurement function.
Specialties: Procurement, Local Government, Business research and analysis, Training and Education, Contract Management, Probity Advisory Services.
The Local Government sector in Western Australia is an economy worth $4.1 billion per annum. It has managed assets of $48 billion, including responsibility for more than 88% of the public road network.