January 2017


New year, new start!

As we say goodbye to 2016 and welcome in 2017, it's the perfect opportunity to start the year as you mean to go on - by making sure you’re getting the very best from your CIPS membership. Make sure your details are all up-to-date on MyCIPS, so you know you’re getting the latest information from us. And check key diary dates and training dates to be sure that you’re upskilling yourself to be the best you can be, and giving these opportunities to your team members too. If you haven’t already, now is also a great time to join your local branch to tap into opportunities, networking and events in your area.

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Success is a state of mind - emotional intelligence, category management and Brexit just a few topics discussed at the recent CIPS student event

In a recent survey to our studying member community the need for an event aimed at this group was highlighted. So, on 12 January in conjunction with one of our leading study centres at the University of Hertfordshire a one day mini conference took part.

Over 60 CIPS members studying CIPS qualifications levels 3 – 5 enjoyed presentations on category management, contract management and some top tips on how to answer exam questions.

Cath Hill, CIPS Director of Marketing took delegates through emotional intelligence and how to brand yourself, with Tim Jenkins, CEO of Wheelspinner enlightening buyers on how to spot the tell-tale signs they are being sold to by suppliers.

CIPS economist and Cranfield economics expert John Glen gave a great insight into what the effects of Brexit could have on procurement over the next 12 months. Inspiration to continue studying came from last year’s President Richard Masser with an account of his own experiences of obtaining his CIPS qualifications, and how it had given him a great grounding from which to build his procurement and supply career culminating in now being CEO of his own company. ‘His enthusiasm for procurement is infectious’ wrote one delegate.

Members of the local Branch were also on hand to answer questions on how being part of your local Branch community can help with knowledge and networking.

We have been delighted with the comments received on the event with most saying the only disappointment of the day was that they wanted more. So again, in response to what our members are asking for the next event aimed at our studying members will be later in the year in June. We have asked some of our speakers to also present again by webinar so that students overseas can benefit. Details will be advertised.

New partnership to support indigenous community

CIPS is collaborating with Tagai Management Consultants (TMC) – an Australian indigenous procurement and supply organisation – to provide educational and professional development opportunities for indigenous people and communities in the Australasia region.

The partnership will focus on skills development and talent management. Currently, getting the right skills and qualifications in the workforce is a challenge, particularly in indigenous communities. Therefore, the partnership is looking to provide a range of services to improve capabilities in procurement and supply chain management, while being respectful of the cultural diversity of stakeholders

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Behavioural procurement white paper published

Find out more about the evolution of the principles established in Behavioural Economics. When people talk about developing soft skills, what do they mean, and what are some of the practical applications for contract management practitioners?

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CASME: Marketing – creative and production

This digest provides the key points, good practices and insight into future trends identified by delegates around the world with regards to: sourcing and managing creative agencies; creative agency remuneration; media production agencies; and performance and metrics.

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ROSMA report: What does good look like?

The 2016 Report on Supply Management Assets (ROSMA) Performance Check Study What Good Looks Like has found that while the procurement profession has ‘a top-tier group of standout performers’ it also has a middle-tier that is delivering value, but performing well below the top tier, and a large group of bottom-quartile performers that add limited value to their organisations.

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Removing hidden costs from the NHS

As the under-strain, NHS makes constant headlines, find out how a strategy for consumable procurement could help make significant savings

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Are you aware of the modern day risks to procurement and supply?

Our forthcoming Passion for Procurement 2 event on 22 March in Altrincham explores what you’re really up against to ensure your supply chain is fit for the future so book now but in the meantime, make sure you and your team take advantage of the CIPS free e-learning on two of your major threats

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Make 2017 your cyber year

If you haven't already done so, we recommend you take the free on-line e-learning on this subject

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Welcome New Fellows

This month sees a number of new fellowship awards so many congratulations to:

Siju Johny Philip Douglas Wilkinson
Adebayo Adeleke Alison Gruet
Alistair Edward James Donnelly Bernie Gough
Chris Cliffe Peter John Nugent
Rajan Sethi Tina Fegent
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