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Procurement Policy

Southeastern prides itself in sourcing goods, works and services in a fair, transparent and responsible way. It is important to us that our current and prospective suppliers align to our core values and strategy and support us in delivering outstanding service for our passengers, staff and the communities that we serve.

We will be publishing a new Procurement Social Value Charter in 2022 which will outline our minimum expected requirements from our supply chain, including focus on economy, diversity and inclusion, health and wellbeing, sustainable communities, environment and ethics. Our tender process will incorporate relevant Social Value factors and we will be seeking a proactive approach from suppliers working with us on mutually supporting these objectives.

We recently refreshed our Procurement Policy, outlining how we operate fair and transparent sourcing processes which demonstrate value for money for our stakeholders and comply with relevant regulatory requirements, a PDF version of our Procurement Policy is available to download.

As a member of the rail community, Southeastern utilises two main routes to market for high value requirements: the ‘Rail Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme’ (“RISQS”) and the UK Government’s ‘Find A Tender Service’ (“FATS”). RISQS requires a subscription and applicable audits for the relevant categories of supply. FATS is an open portal and requires no subscription. The vast majority of new sourcing requirements will be via these sources and, in order to ensure transparency, we are unable to accept unsolicited approaches to apply for tender opportunities with for high value or safety critical goods, works or services outside of these methods.

We are always keen to engage with local suppliers in our regions or those with new, innovative products or services to develop our supply chain. If you would like to get in touch, please contact: procurement@southeasternrailway.co.uk

Our higher value or complex requirements typically require a bespoke contract (available via the procurement process). However, our lower value or non-complex requirements are governed by our standard purchase order terms, you can download a copy of the terms & conditions on our purchase order terms page.

Download our Procurement Policy PDF

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