10 September 2009
This year's CIPS Supply Management Awards were last night shared between 11 companies and two individual winners, highlighting the diversity of excellence in the procurement profession.
Winners were drawn from industries including retail, financial services, FMCG and pharmaceuticals, and from the public sector. And the top projects highlighted buyers making the most of the increased responsibility and profile with which they have been entrusted.
About 1,200 purchasers attended the awards ceremony in London. Comedian Hugh Dennis hosted the black-tie gala dinner at the Grosvenor House hotel in Park Lane, warming up the guests before announcing the winners in the 11 team categories and two individual categories, as well as the overall winner.
This year's ceremony was held in association with Ariba and is also sponsored by CPO Agenda, Hays Purchasing & Supply, RS and technology firm QinetiQ Commerce Decisions.
Best contribution to corporate responsibility and overall winner SAINSBURY'S The supermarket giant won for its procurement-led food recycling initiative.
Best cross-functional teamwork project CREDIT SUISSE A joint project between the supply management and legal and compliance departments at the financial services group took the prize in this category.
Best people development initiative AXA UK Clear evidence of how AXA's Procurement College strengthened the skills base of its purchasing team impressed judges.
Best process improvement initiative NETWORK RAIL A "well planned and well executed" initiative to design and deploy a new purchase to pay process collected the winning vote here.
Best purchaser-supplier collaboration ASTRAZENECA AND COGNIZANT A collaboration between the pharmaceutical company and technology provider to outsource clinical data management led to this win.
Best purchasing initiative by a smaller organisation ADVANTAGE SW A procurement club for residential social landlords in the South West won over the judges in this category.
Most improved purchasing operation - start-up LV= The friendly society won for its rapid and effective transformation of procurement practices and group sourcing strategy.
Most improved purchasing operation - step-change COCA-COLA ENTERPRISES A project to transform indirect procurement resulting in ?6.7 million (£5.9 million) cost savings, and described by the company's European president as going from "zero to business critical in a matter of months".
Best use of technology NHS RE:SOURCE The health service procurement hub won for its work in creating a competitive market for the provision of mental health services through the development of a demand management tool.
Best public procurement project NORTHAMPTONSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL The local authority's project Hector, set up to improve highways and transport in the county, generated significant savings and improved efficiency.
International purchasing project of the year ASTRAZENECA The company reduced suppliers and made savings on packaging across Europe, the US, Asia and South America.
CIPS young purchasing and supply management professional of the year MATTHEW REES, HSBC Rees has gone from graduate buyer to head of purchasing for HSBC Middle East within 22 months of joining the financial services firm.
CIPS purchasing and supply management professional of the year JANE SCADDING, WINCANTON The judges described Scadding as a "strong and motivational leader" who has made procurement a regular part of the executive board's agenda.
For more details about the winners, see the 24 September 2009 issue of Supply Management magazine.