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Global Standard for Procurement and Supply

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Now in its third edition, the CIPS Global Standard for Procurement and Supply is a comprehensive competency framework. Used by individuals and organisations to enhance performance, the Standard  sets the benchmark for what good looks like in procurement and supply at all levels and across all sectors.

It helps individuals to identify current operating skills and abilities and what is needed to progress.

Organisations of all types can benchmark their procurement professionals against the competencies in the Standard and identify any skills and capability gaps.

The content has been developed through consultation with an extensive, global panel of 3000 practitioners and academics drawn from a the diverse sectors and skill sets inherent within the profession. Download the full version of the latest Standard.

To give you additional guidance on how individuals and organisations can apply the Standard we've produced this short guide Introducing the Standard.

If you've used the Standard before here's a list of what's new.

All of CIPS products and services are underpinned by the content in the Global Standard.

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How it works

The Standard can be used to identify the performance level of any individual, anywhere in the world, who has a responsibility for procurement full time or as part of their job role.

We’ve developed a user guide that will introduce you and your organisation ways to apply the Standard into the workplace and into personal development plans.


Step 1 - Choose your level of competency.

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Step 2 - Choose a theme. These represent the essential areas for effective procurement and supply.

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Step 3 - Choose a segment. Drill down into the knowledge and capabilities required at the relevant level for you now and where you want to be.

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Step 4 - Review your chosen segment, download a copy for later and follow the related links to CIPS knowlege, tools and resources to help fill your knowledge and skills gaps.

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Organisations and individuals can identify and measure their own performance levels in procurement and supply.

To help you to understand how the Standard can apply to you and your organisation we've created some example case studies.

Enhance organisational performance

The Standard can be used to produce a detailed analysis by benchmarking procurement professionals against the knowledge and competencies. It identifies gaps in team capability and corresponding development needs.

Enhancing individual performance

The Standard can help to identify current competency levels and the knowledge and capabilities needed to move onto the next career stage; this may be particularly useful  during a performance review.

Enhancing recruitment and performance reviews

We have provided guidance in preparing job advertisements, writing job descriptions and carrying out performance reviews.

Case studies

Case Study - Enhancing personal performance

Jane Hutt FCIPS, Finance and Government Business Minister in the Welsh Assembly who has recently been awarded Honorary Fellowship in recognition of her role in driving change in public procurement commented, “In Wales we  developed a competency framework to help public purchasers to identify the skills they need to do their jobs better and the ones they need for future roles.

“The introduction of Standard is therefore very timely and enables us to link much of our work to standards set internationally by the professional body for procurement staff.”

Use the example case studies  as a guide to your own development or that of your team members.  Each is relevant and applicable to procurement and supply professionals globally, working for organisations of all shapes and sizes in all sectors. 


Access the interactive tool and discover the knowledge and skills required at each level of competency from a tactical to an advanced professional in procurement and supply.

Download a full pdf copy of the CIPS Global Standard for Procurement and Supply. 


CIPS is proud of the Global Standard and of the obvious relevance that the contents has to the procurement and supply profession and to those colleagues working within other associated professions. The Standard cannot be developed and its currency maintained without suitably experienced reviewers. Whilst acknowledging the key role that all of the panel of 3000+ practitioners and academics who were consulted in the development of this Standard have played, we are particularly grateful to the following list of individuals for their significant and continuing contribution to the annual review and developmental process.

Amanda O'Brien FCMI FIoD    UK    CIPS
Andrew Coulcher FCIPS    UK   CIPS
Andrew Quincey FCIPS   UK   Transport for London
Antoinette Brandi, FCIPS   Australia   Group Manager OZ Minerals
Claire G Younghusband FCIPS MBA   UK   CYTY Limited
David L Loseby FCMI, FCIPS, FRSA   UK   Inchcape Plc
Demet Gülerman    Turkey   Standard Profil Group, Group Indirect Purchasing Director
Dipl. Ing. Hagen Helm FCIPS, FRAeS, MBA   Czech Republic   AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE a.s.
Dr Alan Carroll FCIPS    UK    
Dr Beverley Lee FCIPS   UK    
Duncan Brock FCIPS    UK   CIPS
Edet Richard        Nigerian Army Headquarter
Enoch Dugbatey MCIPS   Ghana   Graphic Communications Group Limited
Fiona Nissen FCIPS   Australia    
Fiona Revell FCIPS   USA   Siemens Energy Inc
Gordon Donovan MSc FCIPS   Australia   Metro Trains Melbourne
Hans Lindblom   Sweden   Hiab (part of Cargotec Corp)
Helen Alder FCIPS   UK   CIPS
Jacqueline Hart    UK    
Jane Wagner   Australia   ACT Regional Chair (Canberra, Australia)
Kevin Hickman FCIPS    UK   CIPS
Larry Beard FCIPS   UK   EIPSC
Leonard K Torsu MBA, FCIPS    UK   Healthcare4Africa
Lisa Campbell FCIPS Chartered Status   Saudi Arabia   King Abdullah University of Science & Technology
Lucas D'Souza FCIPS   India   Qatar Foundation
Mark Chamberlain FCIPS   UK   BAE Systems Plc
Mark Moore  FCIPS   UK    
Mattia Zerbinati    Hungary   MOL Group
Mr Mark Kuipers   South Africa   National Treasury
Newton Matope   UAE   Sevenseas Group
Professor Danny Samson   Australia   University of Melbourne
Professor Douglas Boateng MSC, ENGD, FCILT, FSOE, FIPLANTE, FCMI, FIC, FINST.D FIOM FCIPS, FIOD, CDIR   South Africa   IPP Resources
Ronald Mlalazi FCIPS   South Africa   Commerce Edge Academy
Salisu Alhaji Uba MCIPS   Nigeria   Ministry of Defence, Nigeria
Sam Achampong FCIPS   UAE   CIPS, MENA
Stephen Rowe FCIPS, CPO Spotless   Australia   Spotless Group
Tett Walters FCIPS   South Africa   Ghana Civil Service
Wael Safwat FCIPS Chartered Status   Canada