CIPS prize for procurement researcher

8 April 2015

A Masters student won a prize from CIPS for her dissertation on sustainability and procurement at a global pharmaceutical company.

Caroline Richards (pictured above, with project supervisor Dr Des Doran) now works as a commercial business partner – clinical, in the NHS. She studied the impact of sustainability on the company’s operations for her MSc in Global Supply Chain and Logistics Management at the University of Sussex.

Her dissertation included new conceptual frameworks and research into procurement.

“I had to make myself available wherever possible as the participants were in different time zones,” she said. “It was worth it to secure their insights.”

Prior to taking the course, Richards found it difficult to differentiate herself from other job candidates. “I took a year out, spent my savings and maximised the opportunities the course gave me,” she said. “I secured valuable qualifications, new friends and contacts, and above all a great job working with great people.”

Completing the CIPS-accredited course helps towards earning MCIPS.

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