BAE arms itself for the future

10 February 2015

A large-scale CIPS qualification programme implemented at BAE Systems to introduce a consistent level of competence in procurement across geographically-dispersed business units has given staff the skills and confidence to produce and manage better solutions for the business.

Introduced by the global defence, aerospace and security giant to challenge existing procurement behaviour and practices, the programme covers everything from initial market analysis and sourcing, tendering, supplier selection, contract award and ongoing supplier management.

With a pass rate exceeding the CIPS’ national average out of the 2,076 exams taken so far across 12 participating divisions, the programme has resulted in better-qualified procurement and supply chain professionals at BAE, which employs 84,600 people globally.

“Through our worldwide, world-class qualifications programme from CIPS, BAE Systems is driving innovation and cost savings in procurement and supplier management,” said Phil Thornber, commercial and procurement director, military air and information, BAE Systems.

Employees are more confident in their ability to manage increased demand and in their dealings with senior management and have a firm understanding of international best practice in procurement, BAE stated.

The programme has also enabled networking within BAE Systems and with peers across the entire industry and students are collaborating more to increase value within the business.

“CIPS qualifications are essential to the professional standing of the supply chain/procurement functions in BAE Systems,” said Malcolm Dare, supply chain director, BAE Systems – submarines.

“By achieving these qualifications our employees can demonstrate skills against an internationally recognised standard of performance. By setting this standard we are able to deliver increasing high levels of capability and performance.”

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