- Defence Materiel Organisation
The Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) enters into hundreds of contracts every years for a wide range of materiel projects. Prior to the actual signing of the contract, the DMO does a large amount of work behind the scenes.
It ensures that the Defence organisation purchases high-quality materiel at an acceptable price. Examples are a new armoured wheeled vehicle for the army, an ultramodern fighter jet for the air force and a state-of-the-art ship for the navy.
The contract manager and the project manager are the linchpins of the purchasing process for new materiel. They do each have a different role in the process, however. The contract manager focuses on the legal and commercial side of the materiel purchase.
DMO policy in purchasing materiel is to encourage competition as much as possible. In addition, the purchase procedure should adhere to the conditions set by the Ministry of Defence and the materiel procurement must be based on a sound contract.
A customer will always want to be able to make use of newly purchased materiel as soon as possible. That is why the project manager monitors progress in the purchasing process. It is also the responsibility of the project manager to ensure that the materiel delivered meets the requirements of the customer.
In the end, both managers have the same objective: bringing about the purchase of new materiel.