Selex ES and REO named overall winner at CIPS Supply Management Awards 2014

Gurjit Degun
11 September 2014

Selex ES and Research Electro-Optics were crowned the overall winner at last night’s prestigious CIPS Supply Management Awards.

The glittering awards ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London saw comic actor and TV star Stephen Mangan hand the two companies the winning trophy.

The joint team, which also won the Best Supplier Relationship Management award, impressed judges by working together to resolve a breakdown in the supply chain. After an issue arose with the design of a complex assembly, supplier REO contacted Selex to help turn the relationship around. Selex quickly delivered training for REO staff, implemented a 'five S' policy and lean manufacturing approach, sent a sub-contractor to oversee the objectives at REO and drew up a 146-point action plan.

“A successful business relationship is one that is based on openness and trust,” said Audrey Black, vice president of advanced targeting division at Selex, in the winning entry. “REO have completely embraced this ethos and have worked closely with Selex and completely turned round all aspects of their business performance. This exercise has been a great success and will be used as a benchmark for future similar programmes.”

The judges added: “The winner showed an impressive approach to supplier management, working hand in hand with the business to deliver real and tangible benefits, owning a problem and working hard to turn a failing supplier around. They showed tenacity and openness when working with the supplier that resulted in a real step change in performance.”

AirPlus International was the headline sponsor, Hays Procurement the platinum sponsor and QinetiQ Commerce Decisions returns as official technology provider for the judging.

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