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
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
Category Most improved purchasing operation - step change
Winner Coca-Cola Enterprises
Category International purchasing project of the year
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