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Procurement Maturity Assessments (PMA+)


What is the Procurement Maturity Assessment (PMA)+?

A Procurement Maturity Assessment is an independent detailed assessment of your procurement function and provides you with a bespoke action plan for improvement, a baseline to measure improvements, as well as benchmark scores against similar institutions. 


PMA+ has taken our best practice model and updated it to meet the changing needs of higher education.  Designed to help universities take a step back and get an objective view of their procurement capability and capacity, PMA+ has been further developed to engage university executives in ensuring they are delivering excellent value for money while providing additional support and a streamlined assessment process.

Why Should You Sign Up for a PMA+?

The PMA programme has been hailed as a game changer for procurement in the HE sector. Since the inception of the PMA programme, over 100 institutions have taken part and there has been a continuous improvement of sector-wide scores in each category of assessment. 

PMA+ can help your university to:

  • Elevate the importance of procurement efficiency to your senior executive team
  • Drive qualitative input from key senior stakeholders including Finance Directors and decision makers behind major purchases, including Directors of Estates, ICT and Marketing
  • Provide your Audit Committee with assurance that your institution is meeting sector benchmarks and performing both effectively and efficiently
  • Demonstrate to the Office for Students that procurement best practice is delivering value

You can see how the PMAs have positively impacted members and the wider industry here


Completing successive PMA’s has given Newcastle an impetus and a defined target to ensure continuous improvement is achieved in our Procurement Services team. The assessment criteria are clear and the pathway to Superior performance is mapped out. The Action Plan after each assessment ensures we prioritise our areas to improve and allows easy sharing of improvement activities across the procurement services team. This has all contributed to successive and validated improvements in our performance culminating in a Superior assessment. The PMA+ is particularly well placed to drive further improvement and stretch across the sector.

- Neil Addison, Procurement Manager, Newcastle University

What's in the '+'?


PMA+ delivers greater impact for your institution without it meaning extra work for you. We’ve worked with procurement teams and responded to improvements you’ve suggested:

  • We’ve streamlined the assessment question set to save you time but without compromising rigour
  • All documentation has been migrated to the Office 365 platform so you have easier access and tracking capability
  • We provide enhanced on-site advice to support you through the PMA+
  • Our team carries out the senior stakeholder engagement during the assessment so that you can focus your time on procurement
  • All this delivered by a team of professional procurement specialists with a wealth of experience from both higher education and the commercial sector

What Does it Cost?

The fee for a PMA+ is £5000 + VAT.  This gives you an in-depth assessment of nine procurement attributes, a bespoke action plan, a streamlined question set and enhanced on-site support that engages key procurement stakeholders across your institution. 

Who Should You Contact?

For further information about how we can help your institution please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 0118 935 7081.

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