Oil and gas company Santos triumphs at CIPS Australasia Procurement Awards

Rebecca Ellinor Tyler is former editor of Supply Management
15 October 2014

It was a night of celebration in Sydney as buyers scooped gongs at the CIPS Australasia Procurement AwardsNine teams and two individuals picked up honours at the event in Cockle Wharf, with oil and gas exploration and production company Santos winning the overall prize.

Judges said there was consensus that Santos – which also collected the Best process improvement initiative award - was a “clear winner”.

In the Best cross-functional teamwork category, judges praised winner metals technology company AlcoaThey remarked on its ability to create a team and deliver outcomes that may not have been possible if stakeholders had acted alone.

Two public sector teams shared the win for the Best example of socially responsible procurement. The Department for Communities and Social Inclusion in South Australia and the Ministry of Social Development in New Zealand were both commended for their projects.

Another joint win came in the Most improved procurement operation category with integrated engineering and services provider Thiess and dairy giant Fonterra both scooping a prize. Judges were pleased to note that this category showed evidence of improvement and development in the procurement process across Australia and New Zealand.

Transurban, which manages and develops urban toll road networks in Australia, won the Best infrastructure or capital works project title. Judges said of this category: “Capital projects are difficult to manage and the primary focus is usually on project management, so to receive entries that explored alternative contractual relationships or used the procurement process as a means to improving outcomes is always encouraging.”

Mobile and broadband provider Telstra Corporation picked up the title for the Best people development initiative and mining business, Centennial Coal won the Best supplier partnership title. Judges said to be successful in this latter category winners had to demonstrate more than simply two parties working together under the traditional, contractual ‘master/servant’ relationship.

Find out who won in the individual categories here.


The full list of team winners: 

Best cross-functional teamwork project 


Best example of socially responsible procurement

Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (SA)

Ministry of Social Development

Best infrastructure or capital works project


Best people development initiative

Telstra Corporation

Best process improvement initiative


Best supplier partnership

Centennial Coal

Most improved procurement operation



CIPS Australasia overall winner


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