Past winners urge teams to enter this year’s CIPS Awards and ‘earn recognition’

10 March 2015

More than 100 procurement professionals attended CIPS’ Best In Procurement event to hear from previous winners – and former and current judges – of the CIPS Supply Management Awards.

Held at ITV’s studios in London, delegates heard from a selection of the 2014 award winners about how entering the Awards could boost confidence, enable benchmarking against peers and earn recognition as an employer of choice.

“There’s nothing like winning an award to give you a confidence booster,” said Owen Standen, senior vice president, head of EMEA non-tech professional services procurement at Citi, and the 2014 CIPS Young Procurement and Supply Professional of the Year.

Des Balmforth, head of procurement, radar and advanced targeting at last year’s overall winner Selex ES, said his organisation had entered last year’s awards after attending 2014’s Best in Procurement event, partly to benchmark themselves against their peers. Mark Hughes, procurement and central operations director at Premier Foods which won Best Cross Functional Teamwork agreed. “The opportunity to be externally benchmarked and judged by your peers is excellent,” he said.

Standen added that entering, and winning an award had boosted his own career and increased the visibility of the procurement function among the highest levels of the business. “It has raised the awareness of Citi as a brand, and earned us recognition as an employer of choice,” he said.

Former and current Awards judges offered tips on putting an entry together, including making sure you leave enough time, cutting out jargon and linking the organisational benefits back to the aims and objectives section.

Entries are now open for this year’s awards. Visit, the deadline for entries is 10 April 2015.

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