CIPS News - September 2013
11 September 2013

12 September 2013 | Anna Scott

CIPS stars’ night of triumph

ABSA Bank, Xstrata Coal, SAAPI (pictured) and Vodafone were among the companies that triumphed at the CIPS

Pan African Procurement Awards held in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Over 300 people attended the awards, held on 15 August, which celebrated the best in procurement across the continent. A range of team and individual categories were entered in both the private and public sectors at the event, which saw CIPS’ awards combined with the State-Owned Enterprise Procurement Forum’s All About Procurement Awards.

Three CIPS members were also made fellows: Basil Ahiable, managing consultant, SupplyChain Consult; Hagen Helm, CEO, Paramount Industrial Holdings; and Ronald Mlalazi, education manager, Commerce Edge Academy.

Postgraduate certificates of recognition were presented to three procurement professionals: Mmankoko R Mabudi won an award for completing an industrially relevant project; Kubeshree Pillay received the certificate for the innovative application of supply chain management concepts in industrial research; and recognition for the innovative application of supply chain management concepts in industrial research went to Ayanda P Cengimbo.

Four outstanding contributors to the procurement profession also received the lifetime achievers award: Douglas Boateng is Africa’s first extraordinary professor for supply and value chain management at the Institute of Operations Management and the UK’s first independent distinguished extraordinary chair for operations and supply chain management in Africa; Karen Van Vuuren is vice president, supply chain strategy and excellence at Anglo Gold Ashanti, and serves as a chairman on CIPS’ Board of Management; Bola Afolabi is general manager and project director at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and past CIPS president; Misheck Kaoma runs PLACID Consultancy and provides support services to the Churches Health Association of Zambia.

☛ A full list of the winners can be found here


Graduates head to Pretoria for ceremony

The first graduation ceremony for CIPS students in Africa has been a big success, with almost 60 students from nine countries travelling across the continent to be awarded their degrees.

Some students travelled for over two days by bus to attend the ceremony on 25 June in Pretoria, South Africa.

“Your addition to the procurement profession community is fantastically timed – South Africa, Africa and the world are your oyster,” André Coetzee, managing director of CIPS Africa said.

Meanwhile, guest speaker Ben Anderson, CEO of leadership and management school The Da Vinci Institute, told the graduates to become “a catalyst for change”.

The CIPS Africa graduates

Irene Aol, Lebogang Asele, Ian Ashabahebwa, Justine Babirye Muduuli, Namhla Caga, John Holla Chibowa, Teddy Chikonyera, Stembeni Chikwavira, Ishmail Chinho, Maybin Chipili, Chipo Chitongo, Edson Chivanga, Jolene Classen, Jacqueline Daka, Amogelang Diutlwileng, Oluwole Fakayode, Daniel Gatere, Preston Hwena, Paul Isingoma, Andrew Jani, Collins Jomo Msonkho, Pamella Kamudende, Eva Kamya, Tisungeni Kandulu, Julius Theuri Karegi, Thakane Kokome-Taaso, Francis Mavakise, Bomikazi Mfingwana, Annie Wongani Mkandawire, Mopho Moatshe, Motlatsi Mohau, Zanele Mpala, Tonny Marvin Mtama, Kenneth Mukute, Litess Mulilima, Wezzie Munkhondya, Cecilia Muntanga, Precious Musiniwa, Nancy Mutsvangwa, Dave Mwangonde, Abigail Mwila, Constance Nalishebo Nasilele, Nthabiseng Napo, Dicky Ndopu, Felix Ogwudile, Walter Otieno, Chileshe Panduka, Primah Phionah Ndawula, Patricia Pholo, Boipelo Rapoo, Gaokgakala Reakae, James Supeet, Fundo Tembo, Timothy Tembo, Peter Tinodawamwe Waziwenyi,

Never Wayeni, Towela Zimba.


Success for Malawi’s first CIPS student

A visit to Malawi by Kevin Hickman, CIPS head of education development, has uncovered the outstanding achievements of one of the institute’s newest fellows.

Chris Gadi had no course books to work from during his studies and was forced to use any books he could find in the library.

The first person to study for CIPS qualifications in Malawi, it took Gadi five attempts and 11 years of study to pass the exams. He now runs the study centre in Malawi, which teaches 20 students.

Kevin Hickman also visited Ghana and Kenya earlier this summer in order to educate the trainers in teaching CIPS’ new curriculum.


Delegates take off for Airbus tour

The level of complexity in managing a highly complicated global supply chain was explained to CIPS members at a tour of Airbus’s plant near Chester on 15 August.

The senior procurement team at the aircraft manufacturer also gave 17 delegates from the Cheshire and North Wales branch a tour of the Broughton construction facility, which was purpose-built at a cost of £350 million in 2003 for the manufacture of wings for the Airbus A380.

Steve Jones, head of contract and licence management, explained to the delegates how the aircraft manufacturer manages its complex supply chains and outlined the organisation’s structures for worldwide category management with multi-functional teams.

Another complex section of the procurement department’s operations is maintaining the IT systems for designing and building the aircraft and management of software licences.

Following the presentation, Airbus outlined the manufacturing and quality control systems for building the huge wings for the Airbus A380. The airliner – which has a double deck and four jet engines – has wings that can measure up to 36 metres long.

Delegates also saw the take-off of the Beluga Super Transporter – one of the unusual cargo planes used to transport wings and components between Airbus sites in Europe.



Fellowship grows

Fourteen CIPS members have been awarded fellowship status by the Institute. The fellowships – awarded to members with a record of outstanding achievement and competence in purchasing and supply chain management – were granted in April and May of this year. To see the full list of current fellows, log into the CIPS website at

Study success

CIPS held two successful study centre events in July. The events in Peterborough (with 35 delegates) and Leeds (with 25 delegates) covered a range of topics. CIPS CEO David Noble spoke about the institute’s place in the global economy, while consultant Karen Beamish outlined CIPS’ new e-learning packages. Trudy Salandiak, PR manager at CIPS, explained social networking opportunities for centres, and a qualifications update was provided by Kevin Hickman, head of education development at CIPS. 

Popular courses

‘Effective negotiation’ and ‘Introduction to purchasing’ are two of CIPS’ five most popular skills training programmes so far this year, the institute says. ‘Category management advanced’ (next course:

12-13 November, London), ‘Introduction to public sector procurement’ (next course: 23 October, London) and the ‘Executive influencing strategies’ masterclass (next course: 18 March 2014, London) are the other courses with the largest proportion of spaces filled.

Launch means business

The institute has launched CIPS for Business – a revamped products and services area of its website so organisations can understand more clearly how the institute can help them.

Products from CIPS are now categorised as either ‘People development’, ‘Process excellence’ or ‘Performance’.

In the past, businesses seeking solutions from CIPS had to plough through a list of products to try to work out which one might be most suitable in helping them improve their procurement and supply.

CIPS for Business also aims to show businesses how the institute is relevant to their specific sector, with a range of relevant case studies and products.


Police nab gold standard

The Procurement Services department at the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has been described as one of the “best public sector organisations” during its CIPS audit.

Winning the gold standard re-accreditation of the institute’s Corporate Certification Standard, the organisation demonstrated leading procurement processes, strategies, policies and procedures. The accolade is recognised as the global standard for top-quality procurement and is held by just 121 organisations worldwide.

Following its audit of the procurement activity carried out by the MPS, CIPS described it as: “One of the leaders of procurement within the public sector.”

Receiving the award, Stephen Greenhalgh, deputy mayor of London for policing and crime, highlighted the key role procurement services play in supporting the MPS in light of the demanding changes it faces.

DC Craig Mackey, deputy commissioner of the Met Police, said the award was an important recognition of the team’s hard work.

Ian Schollar, head of organisational certification at CIPS, said: “The MPS’ senior management team demonstrated real support for procurement services and clearly understand its contribution to commercial decision-making and meeting the strategic

goals of the organisation.”

Ӣ Computer supplier Probrand & Mercato has been awarded the CIPS Corporate Certification Standard in its purchasing policies, processes and procedures.


Firms share best practice at Hong Kong roundtable

Transport providers Cathay Pacific Airways and MTR, power company CLP Group and global sourcing company Li & Fung are to share details of their practices on sustainable procurement with CIPS members in Hong Kong.

The companies will be presenting at the roundtable debate on topics such as the development and implementation of responsible procurement policy statements and sustainable procurement in infrastructure projects and for multi-country sourcing.

The forum has been set up due to the increasing importance of sustainable procurement in Hong Kong and aims to facilitate sharing sustainable procurement frameworks and on implementation and application in purchasing.

“Sustainable procurement is becoming too important to ignore,” said Raymond Goh, chairman of the events committee in Hong Kong.

The event will be held on 13 September at CIPS’ Hong Kong branch.


UNOPS takes pride in sustainable certificate

The operational arm of the United Nations is “very proud” of achieving silver level after completing the CIPS Sustainable Procurement Review.

UNOPS underwent a rigorous process to achieve this accolade, which recognises the policies procedures and practices it has adopted that promote sustainable procurement.

The organisation is a central resource for procurement with an annual spend of around $800 million on goods and services for the UN, which supports peace building, humanitarian and development projects worldwide. The award marks the continued progress the organisation has made in the field since it received the bronze certification three years ago.

“It is a great achievement and it shows that UNOPS is living up to international best practice standards in our efforts to make sustainability an integral part of the way we do procurement,” Therese Ballard, director of UNOPS Sustainable Procurement Practice Group, said.

The organisation has focused on integrating requirements, specifications and criteria that are compatible with protecting the environment, social progress and economic development.

This has meant considering the fuel efficiency of vehicles, buying stationery made from recycled paper from sustainably managed forests, and purchasing from businesses owned by women and ethnic minorities.

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