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25 May 2012
CIPS has announced a partnership with the Institute of Travel & Meetings, the UK’s largest association for travel buyers.
The agreement means members of both organisations will be offered discounted membership of the other. CIPS and ITM will also offer two one-day masterclasses covering both professional procurement techniques and travel-specific category expertise.
Announcing the partnership at its annual conference in Manchester this week, ITM CEO Simone Buckley said she expects the partnership to enrich ITM members educationally. She added it could enrich them financially as well, noting that procurement professionals with a CIPS qualification earn more on average than those who do not.
During a short presentation about purchasing, CIPS CEO David Noble told the ITM audience he would ultimately like to see procurement training evolve beyond educational qualifications into full licensing. “I would very much like to get this profession to a stage where you need a licence to practise – then we will know we have arrived,” he said.
Noble added that procurement has made huge strides in its professionalisation in recent years. “We were a very tactical function,” he said. “But that has changed hugely. We have gone from being a buying function to a very strategic activity.”
The CIPS CEO added he felt much more needs to be done, including becoming more of an outward-looking corporate function. He also wants to improve the representation of procurement in the national press.