04 August 2005 | Rebecca Ellinor
Today sees the release of the shortlist for this year's CIPS Supply Management Awards.
After a competitive first round, the judging panel has whittled entries in each of the 12 categories to a handful of possibles.
A number of the 42 organisations shortlisted appear in more than one category. Food group RHM, the Royal Bank of Scotland and Rolls-Royce have three entries each on the shortlist.
Seven organisations have two entries: three telecoms firms - O2 UK, Vodafone and Cable & Wireless - HSBC, Axa UK, the Defence Logistics Organisation and OGCbuying.solutions, the buying arm of the Office of Government Commerce.
In addition, purchasers from Rolls-Royce, RHM, OGCbuying.solutions and Kent Police have all been listed in the individual categories.
Jane Gibbs, CIPS vice-president and chair of the judging panel, said: "We've seen some new ideas and products that show an advance from e-auctions to integrated e-commerce systems - products that have grown up a bit.
"Also, there are some new companies in there, which is quite exciting. There are more medium-sized companies, not just blue-chip firms, although we have had some of the latter that we've never seen before as well."
Gibbs, who is also supply chain director for Rok Property Solutions, added that many more entries addressed strategic and not just tactical purchasing.
Boots, overall winner of the 2004 awards, is shortlisted this year in one of three new categories: best cross-functional teamwork project.
The other new awards are for the most improved purchasing operation for a new department (start up) and an established function (step change).
The awards are being run in association with Ariba and sponsored by Atos Consulting, Capgemini, Hays Purchasing, Kellysearch and SAP.
The winners in the 10 team and two individual categories will be announced at a black-tie gala dinner at the London Hilton on Park Lane on 27 October.
For more information and to book your table, call the awards team on +44 (0) 20 7880 6249 or visit www.cipssmawards.com
This year's judging panel Jane Gibbs, vice-president of CIPS, and supply chain director,
Rok Property Solutions (chair)
Roy Ayliffe, director of professional practice, CIPS
Meryl Bushell, chief procurement officer, BT Group
Shirley Cooper, procurement and returns director, Computacenter
Sarah Ellis, head of sourcing, BBC
Duncan Eaton, chief executive, NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency
Hywel Houghton-Jones, head of purchasing, Nationwide
Geraint John, editor-in-chief, Supply Management
Silla Maizey, procurement director, British Airways
David Smith, commercial director, Department for Work and Pensions
The shortlistbr />
Best contribution to corporate responsibility
Cable & Wireless, OGCbuying.solutions, Rolls-Royce, Royal Bank of Scotland Group, Vodafone, Welsh Assembly Government - Value Wales Procurement
Best cross-functional teamwork
Airbus, Axa UK, BAA - Terminal 5, Boots Group, HSBC, RHM, Universal Music Group
Best people development initiative
BP, EDF Energy, Defence Logistics Organisation, OGCbuying.solutions
Best process improvement initiative
Axa UK, Barclays, Cable & Wireless, Coloplast, GlaxoSmithKline, O2 UK
Best public procurement project
Central Services Agency (Regional Supplies Service), Defence Information Infrastructure Integrated Project Team, Defence Logistics Organisation, HM Prison Service, London Borough of Lambeth
Best purchaser-supplier partnership
Carlsberg UK - Rexam, Mowlem - Saint-Gobain Building Distribution, National Grid Transco - The Gas Alliance Partnership, Rolls-Royce - TNT Logistics
Best purchasing initiative by a smaller organisation
Icore International, Leonard Cheshire Charities Buying Group, NCH, UNMIK EU Pillar IV
Best use of technology
Lloyds TSB, NHS Logistics Authority, O2 UK, RHM, Rolls-Royce, Royal Bank of Scotland Group, Vodafone
Most improved purchasing operation- start up
Cendant Europe, Lex Auto Logistics, North Lincolnshire Council, Procurement Agency for Essex, RHM, West Yorkshire Police
Most improved purchasing operation- step change
HJ Heinz, HSBC, Prudential , Thales (Land and Joint Systems Division), Royal Bank of Scotland Group, WPP
CIPS Purchasing and Supply Management Professionals of the Year (under 25 and over 25)
Justin Block (Rolls-Royce), Daniel Green (Kent Police), Sebastien Hernandez (RHM), Mark Leigh (Rolls-Royce), Paul Ridgeon (OGCbuying.solutions)