Genesis Energy blows away competition at CIPS Australasia Supply Management Awards

Will Green is news editor of Supply Management
17 September 2015

Genesis Energy has been named overall winner in the CIPS Australasia Supply Management Awards 2015.

The winners of the prestigious awards were revealed at a gala evening at the Park Hyatt hotel in Melbourne last night.

The New Zealand power company, which also won the Best Cross-Functional Teamwork Project award, were praised by judges for the way they set up a AUS$20 million a year integrated services contract covering maintenance and support over a number of sites.

The deal whittled 80 suppliers down to two and produced annual savings of AUS$3.5 million.

“Although the aims and objectives, planning and execution, innovation, creativity, best practices and benefits achieved were outstanding in their own right, the fundamental key to the success was the cross-functional teamwork,” said the judges.

Kelly Irwin picked up the CIPS Procurement and Supply Chain Management Professional of the Year title for her work as head of procurement at Holcim Australia and New Zealand.

Judges praised her work in transforming what was once referred to as the “complaints department”, comprising four people, into a centralised function with more than 40 staff managing AUS$1 billion of spend.

“Her ability to create high performing teams and engage and influence stakeholders through demonstrated benefits has resulted in significant buy-in throughout the organisation,” said the judges.

Meanwhile Georgia Brandi, category lead for assets and projects at Newcrest Mining, was named CIPS Young Procurement and Supply Chain Management Professional of the Year.

“In her short career Georgia has both excelled in her role at Newcrest Mining and her contribution to the procurement profession is beyond her age and experience,” said the judges.

Full list of winners

Best Cross-Functional Teamwork Project
Genesis Energy

Best Contribution to the Reputation of Procurement
Australasian Procurement and Construction Council

Best People Development Initiative
Rio Tinto

Best Process Improvement Initiative

Best Public Procurement Project
Department for Communities and Social Inclusion, South Australia

Best Supplier Relationship Management
Land Information New Zealand and Boffa Miskell

Most Improved Procurement Operation – Start up

Most Improved Procurement Operation – Step change

Procurement and Supply Chain Management Professional of the Year
Kelly Irwin, Holcim

Young Procurement and Supply Chain Management Professional of the Year
Georgia Brandi, Newcrest Mining

Overall winner
Genesis Energy

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