CIPS Australia & New Zealand News

GM Update July

CIPS 30 June 2021

The last few weeks in July has been a time of rest and recovery for me, as I was fortunate to get away on holiday before travel restrictions were imposed.  I recognise how privileged I am to have the opportunity to refresh and reenergise, while so many of our members, community and colleagues face disruptions and challenges of all kinds, my thoughts are with you.

It’s terrific to be back on deck promoting the all-important topic of procurement in the Australian Census on the 10 August. I am proud that CIPS is collaborating with APCC – Australasian Procurement & Construction Council and World Commerce and Contracting in a concerted effort to urge the profession to enter Procurement in their Occupational Title on Census Night. This is a terrific opportunity for us to understand the size of the procurement and supply profession and it will give us the relevant data we need to help move the profession forward. This year you can complete your Census as soon as you receive your instructions either online or on paper.

On the New Zealand front, I am pleased to report that CIPS has another approved study centre for New Zealand, and this is a milestone moment for us. AcademyGlobal now offers evening classes for the CIPS Level 4 Diploma in Procurement and Supply and will provide even more opportunity for students in New Zealand to access support for their CIPS Study. This is a great move forward and aligned with our strategy to move the profession forward.

I look forward to connecting with you soon.


Fellows Spotlight 

Ryan Jones FCIPS | National Procurement Manager (CPO) at Fulton Hogan NZ

It’s also exciting and rewarding to see a complex project come to fruition. A modern procurement practitioner has the ability to positively influence in areas like modern slavery, social and environmental outcomes. The procurement landscape is ever changing, and each procurement is different so it’s always a fresh challenge. 
I am honoured to be made a CIPS Fellow which is another milestone for me. Through my Fellowship I will continue my role with the CIPS SA Committee – I really enjoy meeting people at our events and learning from different sectors. As a non-executive Director, I will use my skills to demonstrate the value of the procurement profession at the Board table. 
I believe leadership is a behaviour, not a title - everyone can be a leader and influence regardless of grade. A good leader inspires, motivates, and brings energy to a team. Successful leaders make people feel valued and bring others along with them to achieve the vision.  My favourite quote is “Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence”, Sheryl Sandberg.

Ryan has been a CIPS Member since 2011 and chose procurement as a profession some 30 years ago.

"My brother and father were both in engineering, however my father steered me towards procurement, I think he envied his procurement colleagues. I then saw a role advertised for a trainee buyer with the largest civil engineering business in the UK working in their major projects division and the rest is history!"

Based in Christchurch, Ryan is an experienced Procurement Leader with considerable experience across infrastructure and vertical construction, engineering, and manufacturing sectors. Since 2015, Ryan has led the New Zealand procurement function for Fulton Hogan Ltd, a global infrastructure business.

Ryan achieved his Fellowship to The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply in 2015, he is recognized within the procurement profession in New Zealand and internationally in the UK where he led his team to win an award at the 2014 CIPS UK Supply Management Awards. Prior to emigrating to New Zealand, he was on CIPS Congress in the UK and upon arrival in NZ became an active member of the CIPS Christchurch Committee. Ryan has recently joined AcademyGlobal, a CIPS Approved Study Centre supporting CIPS students in Australia and New Zealand, as a Faculty Member.

Prior to his current procurement leadership role at Fulton Hogan, Ryan was Group Procurement Director for NG Bailey and earlier was Head of Supply Chain at Carillion. His earlier career included supply chain management and strategic buying roles at Alstom and Corning Cable Systems across Europe. Outside of his work at Fulton Hogan and AcademyGlobal, he dedicates his time to a registered charity he founded in 2018 called Affinity Gymnastics Academy, a new award-winning artistic gymnastics facility established to serve the Selwyn District of Canterbury.


CIPS-Hays Salary Guide 2021 

The much-anticipated CIPS-Hays Procurement Salary Guide 2021 has been released! Despite the many challenges we faced, procurement and supply practitioners demonstrated resilience and adaptability to change, highlighting the true impact our profession can make. Salaries continue to increase (up 5.5% from previous year), there is a growing demand for procurement professionals (with a strong preference for those with MCIPS or studying towards it) and fully qualified members – MCIPS and FCIPS – continue to earn a premium (20% more on average) compare their non-qualified colleagues. Stakeholder management, communication and influencing topped the list of skills in demand. Read the key facts or download the full report from our website.

Collaborative Working

Raising the bar of professionalism

We continue the mission to help raise standards in our profession and we are in the process of launching a ‘professionalisation’ campaign. This campaign aims to motivate experienced professionals operating at a certain level to achieve the MCIPS designation via the experiential pathway (the Management Entry Route). We hope current MCIPS and FCIPS will help us in this endeavour to grow the pool of fully qualified professional by reaching out to eligible peers and colleagues and encourage them to apply for MCIPS through this programme. You can find more info about the CIPS Management Entry Route here.


Focus on Women

While Australia and New Zealand are making some progress on gender equality, female representation continues to be underrepresented at leadership and management levels in the workplaces. As a result, in August we are pleased to put a spotlight on these important issues through two informative webinars:


CIPS ANZ Conference and Awards 2021 new date

We are delighted to announce the CIPS Australia & New Zealand Conference and Excellence in Procurement Awards have been rescheduled to 21 October to 22 October 2021, at the ICC, Darling Harbour in Sydney. So, what’s new? This year’s conference is back with a twist. Enjoy the return of a physical event with the benefits of a virtual event. Have access to post event content* on-demand via the conference online platform. Plus, if you cannot join us in-person we are offering a virtual ticket option. In addition, this year’s Awards will be hosted following day 1 of the Conference. CIPS is closely monitoring the situation regarding the pandemic and regional lockdowns, with the welfare of our delegates always front of mind. We are optimistic that the event will take place and look forward to bringing this professional development and networking opportunity to you.


Advocating for a Modern Slavery Act in New Zealand

In late June, more than 37,000 Kiwis including CIPS, signed the petition in support of a Modern Slavery Act in New Zealand. Organised by Trade Aid and World Vision, the petition asks MPs to introduce legislation requiring public and private entities to report on risks of modern slavery in their supply chains, as well as what they are doing to address such risks. Petition was accepted by Michael Wood as Government convened the Modern Slavery Leadership Advisory Group that is chaired by businessman Rob Fyfe. The main role of the group is to formally advise the Government on the best way of taking this issue and possible legislation forward. The CIPS Profession Steering Committee (CPSC) is working towards advocacy for a New Zealand Modern Slavery Act. Our intention is to position CIPS as a trusted advisor to establish the Act.


What have our branches been up to?


ACT will be hosting an exciting face to face event in the month of September with Proximity. This event will feature Procurement Bombs and Lessons Learnt! We look forward to sharing more details in the coming week. Connect with your ACT Committee Members



NSW is currently in lockdown for the month of August. This has naturally meant that face-to-face events have paused. Nevertheless, the Committee has organised a webinar on the topic of Procurement with Purpose: Supporting Women-Owned Businesses on 19 August 2021 at 12PM AEST. Visit the NSW Committee Page for more info


QLD Committee hosted a remarkably successful CIPSmas in July Trivia Night with more than 55 attendees present. It was the annual trivia event sponsored by VendorPanel and a fun night of light-hearted competitiveness and networking. In the month of July, QLD welcomed a new Committee Member – Daniel Barnes and farewelled Sabrina Jeal after 4 years of volunteer services. Meet your QLD Committee Members



The SA state was also recently in lockdown and had its annual CIPSmas in July Pub Trivia Night postponed. As restrictions slowly ease, CIPS SA looks forward to rescheduling this event soon. The CIPS SA Coffee Networking events in Adelaide and Port Adelaide respectively continues to be popular. There are two dates planned in August. Visit the SA Committee Page for more info 



VIC Committee is working to resume our face-to-face event after a few false starts this year due to Covid and lockdowns. As restrictions ease, the committee will announce a new date. In the meantime, the VIC Committee is continuing to work in the background to find ways to engage with members. Stay connected with your VIC Committee Members



WA Committee is pleased to host their first informal Coffee Networking morning event on 3 August. This is a terrific opportunity to reconnect with the procurement and supply community in Perth before the start of their working day. Come along and connect with like-minded professionals. WA Committee also launch Inspire 5 Vodcast, 5 minutes of inspiration. Visit the WA Committee page for more info



Auckland Committee is pleased to report that their Monthly Networking session on the 2nd Tuesday of every month has proven to be a successful activity with many new and engaged procurement and supply communities joining us. Join the next event on 10 August at The Brit Pub and Eatery. Visit the CIPS NZ Committee page for more info

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