National Grid powers to overall victory at CIPS Supply Management Awards 2015

Rebecca Ellinor Tyler is former editor of Supply Management
9 September 2015

National Grid was crowned champion at last night’s prestigious CIPS Supply Management Awards.

The ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London saw actor and comedian Alexander Armstrong present the company with the overall winning trophy.

The team, which also won the Best People Development Initiative category, impressed judges by designing a programme driven by people, for people, that empowered them to deliver change.

CPO Ray Schlaff said in the submission: “National Grid is at the heart of one of the greatest challenges facing our society - delivering clean energy to support our world. To develop the energy infrastructure safely, sustainably and reliably, we are supported by a large and diverse external supplier base. Excellence in managing contracts is essential if we are to be successful.”

Contract management was the area identified with the potential to transform performance, service and people developmenta and National Grid set about an internally managed change programme called Contract Management Excellence (CME) which linked the new way of working to the company’s wider aims. Since then, 500 people have received training in curricula suited to their jobs and £83 million savings can be attributed to the new contract management process.

The programme has marked a transformation in how National Grid perceives its contract management capability and how it is seen by its suppliers.

Judges said: “National Grid took a comprehensive engagement approach to assess existing maturity levels, understand business drivers and win hearts and minds. It identified a range of activities to shift capability with a strong balance across different levers associated with people development. The results are clear: it delivered millions and ensured the sustainability of the procurement function by improving its skill set.

“This was an extremely well-written submission with objectives clearly-aligned to the organisation’s strategic priorities.”

The headline sponsor for the event was AirPlus International, the platinum sponsor was Hays Procurement and Commerce Decisions was the official technology provider.

Read about all the winners in the team and individual categories.

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