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CIPS is working with organisations in the manufacturing sector to develop procurement talent, accelerate performance and effectively manage supply chain risk, ensuring consistency and excellence in an ever-more competitive environment.

Aerospace and defence

Creating efficiencies in long-term, high-value, high-cost projects is key in this sector. This means aerospace and defence organisations around the world are investing more and more in people development,  building the sector-specific skills and tools they need to professionalise their purchasing and supply.

Optimising procurement performance means leveraging long-term supplier relationships and being able to deal with supply assurance and compliance issues around ethics and legislation, which adds an additional level of complexity.

Find out how the CIPS Aerospace and Defence Procurement Group (ADPG) can help your organisation to achieve excellence in procurement and join our growing number of clients, which includes BAE, Marshall, Thales and Lockheed Martin.

BAE Systems        


The automotive sector is experiencing an immense amount of change that’s being driven by a highly competitive environment. Organisations are having to re-evaluate their entire supply chains. This puts greater pressure than ever on the skills of their procurement people to help reduce costs and meet new challenges, such as adopting alternative fuel technologies. But it also raises questions of supply chain risk and the need to build resilient compliant, ethical and sustainable practices.

Along with changes in how automotive organisations work comes an increased need to be sure they operate effectively and they have a strong supply chain that can be proven to be performing.

CIPS can help your organisation to upskill your procurement functions and join our growing number of automotive clients, including Jaguar Land Rover, Aston Martin, Mclaren, Honda and GKN.


Engineering projects are complex, capital intensive and often long term, requiring close management of supply chains, technologies and finance. Procurement expertise is essential to ensure projects that may be years in the building are not obsolete on completion, and that the many different parties involved are well managed from start to finish, with a focus on supply assurance and compliance as well as creating creating maximum performance efficiency.

CIPS works closely with engineering organisations across the sector to develop capability in procurement and supply, accelerate performance and manage risk in the supply chain, including Caterpillar, Perkins and Babcock.

Food and drink

Traceability of ingredients continues to make the headlines in this sector. Developing procurement skills is essential to manage supply chains that are increasingly complex, ensuring safety and reliability of supply whilst driving down costs.

In addition, procurement needs to take into consideration issues of local sourcing, again to drive down cost, risk management to ensure constant supply despite poor crops, and sustainable purchasing to eliminate waste across the supply chain.

CIPS is helping organisations such as SabMiller and Kraft to improve their procurement skills and performance.


The mining industry is characterised by fluctuating demand, placing a large emphasis on supply chain sustainability and cost effectiveness to drive performance.

This is a dangerous industry; when people’s lives are at stake procurement people have a responsibility to ensure equipment is fit for purpose making ethical practices crucial. In a sector that also faces huge environmental issues, focusing on sustainable procurement  is an important way for organisations to improve the total sustainability of their operations.

CIPS has helped a large number of mining companies to enjoy the benefits of formal purchasing and supply training, and to support sustainable procurement, including Rio Tinto and Nyrstar.


With huge pressure on the industry to lower drug prices, combined with only a limited window to make money from new drugs, procurement remains one of the sector’s biggest untapped value areas. As such, the profession has a growing role to play in an organisation’s profitability; investing in people, performance and supply chain assurance and compliance can make a tangible difference to operational efficiency.

The pharmaceutical industry is all about the long term. The focus for the future has to be on looking at all costs, from research and development to materials and marketing; building closer, lasting supplier relationships; and negotiating best long-term contracts.

CIPS works with a number of pharmaceutical companies including Novartis, SGA, Pfizer, Abbot and AAH Pharmaceutical. 

Find out more about how we can help you to increase skills and professionalism in procurement.