CIPS Australia & New Zealand News

GM Update June

CIPS 30 June 2021

As much of the region is winding down FY21, we are seeing some very encouraging economic indicators as evidence that the economy is on a solid footing. They include measures of unemployment, improved business conditions, and higher levels of consumer confidence, with people heading back to shops, schools, offices. But as I write, I am conscious of many areas that are back in lockdown as a result COVID-19 positive cases and communities in the Pacific Islands that are in crisis as hospitals become overwhelmed.  While we deal with vaccination rollout, snap lockdowns and paused travel bubbles, I still believe we are extremely lucky to call the ANZ region home.

This month CIPS globally celebrate Pride awareness, where we make a commitment to promote, support, celebrate and encourage Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (ED&I) within the procurement and supply profession to ensure everyone is valued as an individual. This marks an important milestone as we step into a fairer, kinder, and more equal world for all. Visit our dedicated ED&I page for invaluable resources to help you to build a more diverse and inclusive team.

The CIPS-Hays Salary Guide & Insights 2021 will launch officially on 7 July. This report allows procurement professionals and employers to evaluate the perception of procurement, to benchmark salaries and bonuses for different roles, to learn about skills in demand and to gain insights on attracting, retaining and developing talent. Watch out for the launch next week!

And finally, I appreciate the importance to take time out and care for ourselves, so I will be taking a few weeks off during July to recharge and reenergise. While I’m on leave I will leave you in the capable hands of my team and I personally look forward to exploring some of our great land – borders permitting!

I look forward to connecting with you when I return in August.


The CIPS ANZ Conference and Awards 2021 has been postponed

Due to the recent escalation of Covid-19 outbreaks around the region, we had to make the difficult decision of postponing our event. This decision was not taken lightly but we had to consider the health and safety of our delegates, speakers and staff before anything else. We are currently exploring alternative dates to ensure we can provide the best experience for all participants. If you have booked a conference or awards ticket, your booking will be automatically transferred to the new date – which we hope to announce soon. Should the new date not be suitable for you, we will provide a full refund.


Fellows Spotlight 

Dan Thearle FCIPS | Director, Strategic Procurement at Monash University

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.

I am the head of procurement at Australia’s largest and most complex University. Monash is an internationally recognised University with a long tradition of excellence and is one of the prestigious Group of Eight. Monash has four campuses in Australia and one in Malaysia – with more than 80,000 students and over 17,000 staff. Our annual revenue is $2.8B, with non-salary spend $1.2B. This is a significant and challenging responsibility to deliver value whilst enabling research and teaching outcomes. 

I am also the Deputy Chair of the Australian Universities Procurement Network (AUPN) – for which I lead the AUPN Procurement Excellence Program and am a member of the sector-wide response to the Modern Slavery Act. I am a member of the Executive Board for the University Procurement Hub (UPH) and actively participate in a range of procurement networks. I am part of the CIPS Professional Steering Committee (CPSC), which gives me an amazing opportunity to provide leadership and advocacy for the benefit of the procurement profession. 

I am passionate about the value procurement delivers to the community and the CPSC significantly aligns with my passion for the profession. I look forward to making a significant contribution towards the CPSC objectives. It will provide me the opportunity to further lead, influence, support and drive the agenda and profile of CIPS in the region. I have successfully lead Monash University through a procurement transformation and in doing so have successfully achieved the CIPS Procurement Excellence Program (PEP) Standard and CIPS PEP Advanced.


The State of Social Procurement in ANZ 

Earlier this month, we launched the first-ever social procurement study of its kind in Australia and New Zealand. The research, conducted by the Centre for Social Impact Swinburne and delivered in partnership with CIPS, IPA Personnel, Social Traders and Ākina Foundation, showcases the breadth and depth of current social procurement practices and analyses the sentiment future trends. I believe the report gives us an opportunity to address the challenges of social procurement by working together to share best practice, drive innovative solutions, and ultimately equip our community with the right information and tools to drive social change. Read the key facts and download the report here.


Become a CIPS Assessor

We are seeking to recruit Assessors with relevant experience to undertake marking of exams and assignments as well as assessment question development. This is an opportunity for Chartered procurement professionals (with MCIPS or FCIPS) with relevant experience to expand their expertise and to support the profession. Our Assessor team is centrally managed and engaged on consultancy basis – find out more and apply.


CIPS Corporate Award Programmes starting soon

I am delighted we have two applied learning programmes starting in August - one foundational level and one advanced. These courses are designed to maximise the participant's learning outcomes while delivering a direct return to the organisation. We still have a few spots available, so if you’d like to know more about the benefits get in touch with our Customer Solutions team.


Leading-edge, interactive training

We have recently released our training schedule for the second half of the year, spanning across a range of courses to suit professionals at different steps of their career. Remember, as a member you get a preferential rate. The workshops are delivered virtually by expert facilitators who will bring the learning to life. For larger teams, our programmes can be delivered in-house and tailored to meet specific business needs. Visit our website to learn more about our training or contact out team.


Meanwhile in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands...

Our country manager, Avi Pranish, continues to advocate for raising professional standards and is in conversations with leading organisations about building capabilities from within. The focus is on developing and retaining talent through applied learning programmes that are developed and contextualised to meet the region’s specific needs. Connect with Avi if you’d like to know more. 


Launch of ANZ Public Sector Procurement Profession by APCC

I’d like to applaud the Australasian Procurement Construction Council (APCC) and all parties involved for bringing our profession to an important milestone. They have recently launched a campaign that aims to support the professionalisation of public sector procurement though the release of a Public Sector Procurement Profession Role Statement and Procurement Capability Framework. As the global peak body for the profession, we are uniquely positioned to support this goal. When I spoke at the APCC launch event last week, I was pleased to share a pathway we have developed to enable practitioners with government procurement and contracting qualifications to transition onto CIPS Qualifications and attain professional accreditation (MCIPS). To learn more about this pathway, please visit our dedicated web page.


We have moved

New financial year, new home! We have relocated to a new office and look forward to welcoming you to our new premises. We haven’t gone very far – our new address is Level 10, 440 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000.


What have our branches been up to?

Canberra Breakfast Event, 23 June

Braved Canberra's chilly weather to enjoy a hot cup of coffee with ACT CIPS members this morning.


Parramatta Coffee drop-in Networking, 2 June

Coffee networking breakfast event in Paramatta at The Shed Café. Many braved the crisp morning and came along to connect. The committee took the opportunity to congratulate newest Fellow - Barry Gordon GAICD FCIPS and MCIPS achiever Rajesh K.



QLD Networking Event – Celebrate the new year, 10 June

What a great turnout at a spectacular venue at the Treasury Gardens in Brisbane.


SA Event - CIPS mid-year dinner, 17 June

Successful networking dinner with a great turnout at the Jack n Jill’s Bar and Restaurant.


AKL Event - June Networking Evening, 8 June

Auckland Networking event continues to be a hit with many new faces joining us.


NZ Country Manager recently visited Christchurch and connected with the CIPS Christchurch Committee Members.


WLG Event - Climate Change and Sustainability Impact in Procurement, 9 June

Fantastic session from the Wellington committee on the role of procurement in reducing the impact of business activities on our planet.

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