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CPD 2For our annual event at Cranfield University Management School, the branch is pleased to welcome Professor Alan Braithwaite to discuss the evolving role of procurement in driving ‘disruptive competition’.

A number of procurement teams are now considered to be at the forefront of driving broader business transformation for their companies in certain fields/markets by facilitating their companies to transform into 'disruptive competitors', or industry ‘game changers’ and enabling them to 'super perform' as a direct result of the way that key procurement and contracting initiatives are being deployed.

Professor Braithwaite will describe the key characteristics of those companies who are considered to be ‘disruptive competitors’ by applying his leading business operations model framework to build a narrative to illustrate this transformation. He will also provide examples of which procurement and contracting initiatives are present in such ‘disruptors’, directly driving companies to become more agile and responsive and ultimately ‘out-perform’ the market.

This key research will soon be published as a new book under the title: ‘Business Operations Models – becoming a disruptive competitor’, authored by Professor Alan Braithwaite and Emeritus Professor Martin Christopher, so this is a great opportunity to be one of the first to hear how procurement and contracting initiatives are making a tangible difference in driving ‘disruptive competition’, direct from the author.

Date: Tuesday 21 April 2015
Venue: Cranfield Management Development Centre
Address: CRANFIELD
Fee: Members - £0.00 per person
  Non-members - £0.00 per person
or call us on 0845 880 1188
Online bookings for this event have now ended. To secure a place, please call a member of the customer response team on 01780 756777

This event will provide opportunities for students to know about courses offered by CIPS and various routes to attaining MCIPS as well as Chartered Status. There would be a brief introduction to activities of Abu Dhabi branch committee members, followed by experience shared by CIPS student while undergoing CIPS qualifications journey. There would be an Open Panel session where students can voice their issues, concerns, challenges and provide suggestions for improvement. Event will conclude with networking and refreshments.

The outcome of this event would be to bring CIPS UAE Students community together so that they can network and collaborate in undertaking their CIPS studies. A student’s wing of Abu Dhabi branch committee is proposed to be established to facilitate interaction among students. The networking opportunities provided to attendees is likely to impact on student’s morale and lead to increase in collaboration among them to complete their studies in an enthusiastic manner.

Please email mena.enquiries@cips.org to register.

Date: Wednesday 22 April 2015
Venue: Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island
Address: ABU DHABI
Fee: Members - £0.00 per person
  Non-members - £0.00 per person
or call us on +971 (0) 4 3116505
Online bookings for this event have now ended. To secure a place, please call a member of the customer response team on 01780 756777

This workshop is organized by CIPS HK and sponsored by Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC). Maintaining an unimpeachable standard of integrity while fostering relationships with suppliers demonstrate high standards of professional competence and ethics of procurement practitioners. The workshop will reflect on grey areas of managing supplier relationships including handling of business & personal relationships, gifts and meals, entertainment, and other gratuities through sharing from ICAC, case studies and group discussions.

Please register to reserve a seat.  Seats will be reserved on a first come first served basis, with priority given to CIPS members.  

If you have any queries please email gracetsang@vtc.edu.hk

Please view the flyer to the event 

Date: Friday 24 April 2015
Venue: ICAC Building
Address: HONG KONG
Fee: Members - £0.00 per person
  Non-members - £0.00 per person
or call us on +44 (0) 1780 756777.
Booking ends on Wednesday 22 April 2015

CPD 2Leighton Rose, Business Manager at Hays, reveals the results of the latest salary survey results, covering areas such as salaries, employment trends, gender pay gap, perception of procurement, required skills and general tips.

Date: Tuesday 28 April 2015
Venue: Hays Procurement
Address: BIRMINGHAM
Fee: Members - £0.00 per person
  Non-members - £0.00 per person
or call us on 0845 880 1188
Booking ends on Sunday 26 April 2015

CPD 2The Met Office is the UK’s national weather provider and is recognised as one of the world's most accurate forecasters. This requires a highly advanced atmospheric model and, critically, a high performance supercomputer.

The Supercomputer is replaced every five years and the latest HPC procurement will deliver substantially enhanced capabilities in modelling weather and climate and in exploiting the wealth of Earth observations from space. In turn the UK will benefit from substantial improvements in the accuracy of weather forecasts and longer-range climate predictions, and greater confidence in future climate change scenarios. This will drive increased resilience to high impact environmental events, including flooding, severe storms, heatwaves and extreme winter conditions, unlocking at least £3billion of economic benefits over 5 years, and more than £4billion in ten years.

The key to delivering the new procurement was building and deploying a successful multi disciplinary procurement team. During the evening this team will share some of that experience and the issues raised through the entirety of the procurement process. From specification, selection of the appropriate procurement process, the complexities of tendering, negotiation, contracting, implementation and contract management through to the challenges of governance and approvals at the highest level.

Please note that the Met Office is a secure site, so please carry photo ID during the visit. There will be no admittance to anyone who has not pre-registered.

Date: Tuesday 28 April 2015
Venue: Met Office
Address: EXETER
Fee: Members - £0.00 per person
  Non-members - £0.00 per person
or call us on 0845 880 1188
Booking ends on Sunday 26 April 2015