Trophies for talent

17 September 2009

18 September 2009 | Jake Kanter

The crème de la crème of procurement talent was celebrated at the CIPS Supply Management Awards on 9 September.

More than 1,000 purchasers attended the black-tie gala dinner at the London Grosvenor House hotel, where comedian Hugh Dennis warmed up the guests before announcing winners in the 11 team categories and two individual categories, as well as the overall victor.

Winners were drawn from industries including retail, financial services, FMCG and pharmaceuticals, and from the public sector. Sainsbury's (pictured below) scooped the top prize after also picking up the award for the best contribution to corporate responsibility.

Speaking at the event, incoming CIPS president Shirley Cooper said this year's record number of entries contained an abundance of innovation, creativity and business benefits, making the judges' job very difficult. She added: "As we come out of this recession, procurement's hard work and diligence will be remembered, respected and I'm sure praised."

The ceremony was held in association with Ariba and was also sponsored by CPO Agenda magazine, Hays Purchasing & Supply, RS and technology firm QinetiQ Commerce Decisions.

And the winners are...

Category Best contribution to corporate responsibility and overall winner Winner Sainsbury's

Category Best cross-functional teamwork project Winner Credit Suisse

Category Best people development initiative Winner AXA UK

Category Best process improvement initiative Winner Network Rail

Category Best public procurement project Winner Northamptonshire County Council

Category Best purchaser-supplier collaboration Winner AstraZeneca and Cognizant

Category Best purchasing initiative by a smaller organisation Winner Advantage SW

Category Best use of technology Winner NHS re:source

Category Most improved purchasing operation - start-up Winner LV=

Category Most improved purchasing operation - step change Winner Coca-Cola Enterprises

Category International purchasing project of the year Winner AstraZeneca

Category CIPS young purchasing and supply management professional of the year Winner Matthew Rees, HSBC

Category CIPS purchasing and supply management professional of the year Winner Jane Scadding, Wincanton


Birmingham, West Midlands
HS2 Ltd
London (Greater)
£50,800 plus up to £10,000 Recruitment Retention Allowance
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