The CIPS Supply Management Awards 2015. © Carmen Valino
The CIPS Supply Management Awards 2015. © Carmen Valino

Winning a CIPS Supply Management Award kick-starts positive change

10 February 2016

A CIPS Supply Management Award kick-starts positive changes within a company and boosts an individual’s career progression, according to previous winners.

Following last year’s awards, winners gathered at Manchester City Football Club to share advice and tips on how to submit a successful entry, as well as discuss what the accolade had meant to them and their employer.

Delegates heard from the 12 winners, as well as from Cath Hill, group membership and marketing director of CIPS, and David Saint, procurement director at City Football Group.

Speakers were unanimous in their praise for the positive effects of the awards and agreed that winning had augmented respect within their organisations for what they had achieved and enabled them to instigate further successful procurement projects.

Paul Street, procurement technology leader at URENCO, a company which produces enriched uranium and whose former head of procurement won Management Professional of the Year, said: “The award was massively important. People want to come and work for us because of the CIPS award. And people within the procurement team are proud to be in it now. And we’ve had acknowledgement and recognition from head office.”

Another winner, from a record 200 submissions, was Compass Group for Most Improved Procurement Operation. Oliver Cock, commercial managing director, said that the award, particularly because it was from an outside party, was “fantastic”.

He said: “It gives our suppliers confidence in us. For the team itself, it was a real recognition for them.”

Meanwhile, Most Innovative Use of Technology was awarded to IBM for the Supplier IQ application that transformed how IBM procurement consumes and exploits vendor data.

Barry Ward, global procurement brand manager at IBM, said: “Winning was a boost to IBM Procurement morale. It renewed our focus to look at other parts of our source-to-pay process framework. And it enabled the development team to have further recognition internally.”

The National Procurement Service for Wales won Most Improved Procurement Operation. Sue Moffatt, commercial director, told delegates that in terms of reputation “it has been very important”.

She said: “The minister did an oral statement in the Welsh Assembly about this which was amazing.”

The CIPS Supply Management Awards 2016 will take place at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 14 September. Look out for information on how to enter soon.

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