Two individuals stood out at the CIPS Australasia Procurement Awards in Sydney this week. Kevin McCafferty was named ‘CIPS Australasia Procurement and Supply Chain Management Professional of the Year’, while Bree Pitcher, from energy company Stanwell Corporation, picked up the ‘Young professional of the year’ title.
McCafferty is group manager, strategic procurement and supply chain at Fortescue Metals Group, with responsibility for more than $9 billion expenditure a year. He has introduced a strategic approach to procurement and contract management that has focused on delivering sustainable cost reductions and security of supply, enabling Fortescue to achieve its corporate objectives.
McCafferty has held a number of high profile procurement roles in recent years including some major procurement transformations. As chief procurement officer of Qantas Airways he led a group-wide procurement change that delivered multi-million dollar, sustainable, cost reductions. Prior to this he was general manager, strategic procurement and supply for RailCorp NSW. He was awarded the CIPS Leadership Award in November 2010 and is a Fellow of the Institute.
Judges said it was challenging to identify just one winner in the professional category, since a diverse range of practitioners have contributed to the evolution of procurement and supply chain management in Australia and New Zealand. They also added that they are “consistently amazed at the quality of young talent”, which made distinguishing between entrants “extraordinarily difficult”.
Young winner Pitcher is senior category specialist for mining at Stanwell. Her key responsibilities are the management of the mining category team, customer and stakeholder engagement, ownership of the end-to-end procurement process and overseeing and implementing supplier relationship management.
Nine teams also picked up prizes at the gala dinner in Cockle Wharf.