Caltex - overall winners of CIPS Australasia Supply Management awards 2016
Caltex - overall winners of CIPS Australasia Supply Management awards 2016

Fuel supplier Caltex scoops top CIPS Australasia award

posted by Jacki Buist
27 July 2016

A procurement board was just one of the innovations that wowed this year’s judges, who awarded the procurement team at Caltex the Overall CIPS Australasia Supply Management winner for 2016.

Caltex was presented with the award, in addition to its category win as the Most Improved Procurement Operation - step change, at the CIPS awards ceremony, in Park Hyatt, Melbourne.

The company's procurement team took less than two years to transform from its former position as a department operating below industry standards and poorly perceived by suppliers.

As part of the department's transformation, new CPO Johanne Rossi started by launching the procurement board to ensure Caltex leaders came onside with the changes.

What followed included restructuring the procurement team, hiring staff with diverse backgrounds in areas such as mergers and acquisitions and customer relationship management, and introducing more strategic roles that focused on value and relationships. Priority was given to training, using skilled professionals. “A diverse team can be more flexible, solve problems more quickly and is not tied to ‘how we’ve always done procurement’,” said Caltex.

The new team has been engaging with suppliers through road shows to explain the changes and had its first ever supplier forum earlier this year.

The team has already secured Aus$105m in benefits, and believes that its new reputation as a strategic partner in the business will lead to much more value creation.

Melbourne Health won Best Contribution to the Reputation of Procurement for its transformation from a 'blame culture' and risk averse department two years ago to a strategic function using category management. The proof of its success, believes the team, was the approval for its purchase of 3D navigation equipment for surgeons to operate with greater precision.

Air New Zealand scooped two awards, the International Procurement Project of the Year for a five-year simplified catering contract with 4% cost reduction, and the award for Best Contribition to Corporate Responsibility through its drive to create an entirely electric or hybrid fleet of light ground vehicles.  

CIPS Supply Management Australasia Award winners 2016

Overall winner


Best Contribution to Corporate Responsibility

Air New Zealand (Sustainability Framework Launch: Procurement’s role in collaboration and activation)

Best Contribution to the Reputation of Procurement

Melbourne Health

Best Cross-Functional Teamwork Project

Airservices Australia

Best Process Improvement Initiative


Best Public Procurement Project

The University of Sydney

Best Supplier Relationship Management

Telstra - Netgear

International Procurement Project of the Year

Air New Zealand

Most Improved Procurement Operation – Start Up

City of Gold Coast

Most Improved Procurement Operation – Step Change


Most Innovative Use of Technology

NSW Department of Education

CIPS Young Procurement and Supply Chain Management Professional of the Year

Pauline Rolfe, Accenture

CIPS Procurement and Supply Chain Management Professional of the Year

Peter Morichovitis FCIPS, City of Gold Coast

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