CIPS launches corporate networking group

17 June 2011

19 June 2011 | Angeline Albert

Senior purchasing professionals gathered at the launch of a corporate networking group were told they should get together more to share ideas on how to meet future challenges.

The Executive Procurement Network (EPN) has been set up by CIPS in partnership with Cranfield School of Management.

Representatives from the private and public sector were at the university this week for the launch of the network, which aims to nurture best practice discussions between CPOs to help them cope with challenges such as commodity price volatility.    

EPN will not only provide a non-competitive forum for procurement leaders to learn from each other but topics raised at these events will result in relevant research. This research will be made exclusively available to members for at least six months before being released elsewhere. There will also be up to six smaller, work-based research meetings a year hosted at Cranfield or the offices of member companies.  

As a corporate networking group members can sign up six employees and up to three employees per organisation can attend quarterly forums at the university.

Describing the network, CIPS CEO David Noble said: “With cutting edge research and access to real case studies, the benefits of this network will be far-reaching and influential. If you’re a leader in procurement, you should be part of the network and share your experiences as well as learn from your peers.”       

CIPS plans to have 15 corporate members signed up to the network over the next year, rising to between 20-30 over the next two years. It is keen to maintain manageable numbers to achieve quality dialogue and ensure it meets the needs of all the organisations in it.

Applications from consultants or individuals will not be accepted and CIPS said applications will “not knowingly be accepted from competitors of any existing members without their express permission”.

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