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CIPS 31 May 2021

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CIPS Australia and New Zealand acknowledges Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; and to Elders past and present.

In Australia’s Reconciliation Week, let us amplify the theme ‘More than a word’, urging us towards braver and more impactful action towards reconciliation. We all have a role to play in collectively building relationships and communities that value our First Nations peoples, histories, cultures and futures, and procurement has a significant role to play through building relationships and setting targets on spend and contracts with indigenous suppliers. I encourage you all to reflect on what reconciliation means to you, your organisation and your community.

Fellows Spotlight 

Melanie Cottell FCIPS – Commercial Capability Officer, BAE

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.

Early in my career I sometimes came across people who assumed because I was young and female, I was in a less senior position or that I would be an easy adversary in negotiations. To overcome this unconscious bias, I had to act with professionalism and demonstrate my abilities through my actions. I choose procurement as a career because I love the variability of the role: strategic thinking, complex decision making, risk, negotiation – you draw on many skills. 

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.

 

Celebrating volunteers across the globe

Over the next week we will be honouring and acknowledging the outstanding contribution that our volunteers give to our Institute. We have created a dedicated page on our website with a message from our CEO, Malcolm Harrison, and some great testimonials from CIPS volunteers from all around the world. Check out how you can get involved.

 

What have our branches been up to?

     
ACT   Branch representatives are working closely with CIPS to find ways to engage public sector procurement professionals who completed government qualifications to transition onto CIPS Qualifications. The committee is contributing to a feedback process which will result in the creation of a dedicated webpage that will help educate members and interested parties – ask us for more information and look out for the launch!
     
NSW   The committee recently launched a podcast featuring leading procurement professionals. Have hosted a series of successful face-to-face events in April, including the social procurement event with Beehive Industries, and an event with Grosvenor on the topic of ‘eProcurement Make or Buy’. May saw the departure of CIPS ANZ longest serving volunteer Chris Mansfield with over 20 years of service and we welcomed new committee members Zoe Chernih MCIPS and Eliza Wu. Coming up in June is the first informal coffee connect event outside of the CBD, taking place in Paramatta on 2 June – you can register here.
     
QLD   April saw its first regional QLD webinar titled ‘How Can Procurement Deliver Value in Regional Areas’. The webinar intended for professionals in remote and rural areas saw great representations from across the Queensland region. The committee have run informal connect sessions and launched its main networking event in May on the topic of ‘Procurement Systems Integration – the ups and downs’. The event was attended by CIPS representative Carmelle Pavan and saw a great turnout despite the major power outage affecting most of Brisbane on that day.
     
SA   The branch is busy responding to high demand, delivering the highest number of face-to-face events in 2021 – 7 so far with another 7 in the pipeline – with great attendance level. In March, Justin Sara MCIPS presented on fraud and corruption, a captivating event cleverly titled ‘Catch me if you can’. In May they ran an event with record-breaking attendance on ‘Procurement’s role in Major South Australian Projects’ also attended by CIPS representative, Cameron Hall.
     
VIC   This month the branch farewelled departing chair, Phil Chalkley FCIPS, after 2.5 years of outstanding service leading and growing the committee to a steady team of 14. New chair, Lexia Laracy MCIPS, is taking over and we wish her all the best. Despite the recent lockdown, the committee continues to plan for an event: ‘Reconciliation Week – Lessons Learnt as indigenous procurement expands’ taking place on 24 June (book here).
     
WA    In collaboration with Michael Page, the branch ran a successful and well attended networking and learning event in March. They are currently considering collaboration with other professional bodies such as ASCI, SCLAA and CILTA to run joint events. A great initiative is also about to launch – their newest video-blog INSPIRE-5 featuring 5 minutes of topical and relevant content for procurement and supply community in WA.
     
 AKL   The branch continues to host its popular monthly informal networking events, a platform to connect likeminded practitioners in a relaxed and informal setting. They have recently welcome Stephanie Birchfield MCIPS, Anne Staal FCIPS and Jacinta Taliauli to the team.
     
 CHC    The branch hosted its first event in March – a facilitated discussion on the impact of COVID-19 on procurement and supply management. Committee member, Ian Rowand recently resigned and moved to Nelson, where he is keen to start a sub-committee: if you are in that region and interested in getting involved, please connect with us. We also welcome newest Committee member, Luzette Wolmarans.
     
 WLG   The branch hosted a few successful events: ‘Sourcing tales from the Centre: exciting procurement projects’ in March, featuring a case study on the Scott Base Redevelopment project in Antarctica; and a brilliant session around ethical procurement in action, in collaboration with Nisa – a social enterprise employing women from refugee and migrant backgrounds. Look out for the upcoming June event on climate change and sustainability (book here).
     

 

Flagship Events

On 6 May, our New Zealand community came together to support what has been defined by many as the best CIPS conference in the region yet. An overwhelming 170 people attended between presenters, delegates and industry partners. We also took the opportunity to celebrate practitioners who had recently achieved their professional accreditation.

The success of this event is no doubt encouraging for our upcoming ANZ conference and awards – scheduled for the 2-3 August at the ICC Sydney. We are proceeding with a hybrid model, with delegates meeting both face-to-face as well as a virtually. We are confident this setup will allow more professionals to participate and are looking forward to the conference! You can access more info from the event site.

 

Our community continues to grow

We have seen a steady growth of our membership base across the region. This growth has been driven by an increase in our student population and gives us great confidence for the future of our profession. This month, we have also hit another milestone and achieved the highest ever number of fully qualified members (MCIPS and FCIPS).

We continue to focus on the Pacific Islands through advocacy and capability uplift and are currently exploring new initiatives to increase our support those regions.

Our mission to drive higher professional standards and to raise the profile of procurement and supply management is well underway.

 

Increasing our advocacy across the region

We have strengthened our commitment to advocate for the procurement and supply management profession. Our CIPS Profession Steering Committee (CPSC) are playing a significant role in supporting CIPS drive professionalism across the region. With their help, we have recently contributed to various initiatives:

  • We provided feedback to the New Zealand Government open consultation about changes to their procurement rules – with a focus on spend targets of 5% or more with Maori and Pasifika businesses across the annual $42 billion expenditure;
  • We put forward a submission to the Australian Productivity Commissions inquiry into vulnerable supply chains to increase resilience and aid economic recovery.

The next priority for the committee is supporting a push to introduce a New Zealand Modern Slavery Act by the end of the year. If you are interested in contributing to this project, we’d love to hear from you – get in touch.

 

Now is the time to get recognised

What an exciting time to be on a development journey. We are helping more professionals become fully qualified than ever before. And we are doing this through a variety of options, catering for different learning styles and fitting in with the busy schedule of our learners.

From more resources available to our self-studying members, to structured support via our study centre network, through to applied learning programmes, there is a solution for all needs!

We have also seen an increased uptake in our experiential pathway to MCIPS, a route for expert professionals operating at a strategic level and with extensive experience.

If you haven’t already, learn more about what pathways to MCIPS is more suitable for you and get started on the journey to your professional licence. 

 

Our brand-new Digital Academy

This month we launched the CIPS Digital Academy – a digital platform that gives you access to a wealth of customised learning programmes, anyhow, anywhere, and anytime. From podcasts to videos, infographics and whitepapers, there are endless opportunities to develop your organisations knowledge and skills. Speak to us about how you can get access to this virtual hub of learning materials, full of professional and interactive training, and delivered by learning experts from across the globe.

 

NZ Procurer’s Approach to Ethical and Sustainable Work Practices

Promoting fair workplaces by assuring ethical and sustainable work practices through procurement processes can be key to success or failure. Like health and safety, the fair treatment of workers is foundational to the delivery of positive and productive procurement activities.

Employment New Zealand has a series resources that help users understand and apply Ethical and Sustainable work practices, in relation to treatment of workers, including a suite of products and tools aimed at assisting procurers in these considerations. The resources highlight the increasing expectation from all stakeholders (customers, employees, investors, and consumers) that workplaces are fair; and recognise that the expectations apply to all parties where people are employed or contracted as part of their undertaking.

 

Closing remarks

In closing this month’s update, I reflect on my time spent last week walking 30km in the Melbourne Coastaltrek, proudly fundraising for Beyond Blue who provide information and support to help Australians achieve their best possible mental health. Taking time out to walk with likeminded people along the magnificent Victorian coastline of Cape Schanck to Point Nepean route was magical. This experience reminds me of the value of fitness, friends and fun; in Reconciliation Week and during our global volunteer recognition week, I can’t help but think of the value of connecting to our lands, waters and communities, and giving back to make a difference.

Go well and keep safe,

Sharon

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