DWP triumphs in CIPS SM Awards Europe

Will Green is news editor of Supply Management
10 October 2018

The UK Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has claimed overall victory in the CIPS Supply Management Awards Europe 2018.

DWP was praised for the development of a dynamic purchasing system for training services that speeded up the buying process and opened the market to SMEs.

The project, which gave buyers access to a bank of bids via a user-friendly platform from which they could rapidly generate a shortlist and appoint a preferred supplier, also earned DWP Most Innovative Use of Technology. First year headcount and efficiency savings totalled more than £1m.

Judges said: “An innovative and impressive project with massive benefits, in a well-presented and clear entry.”

The awards, in association with ProcureCon Europe, were presented at a black-tie ceremony at the Corinthia Hotel in Prague, the Czech Republic, at the ProcureCon Europe conference.

Chair of judges Fabienne Lesbros, CPO at The Co-operative Group, said: “There was a lot of innovative thinking, linked to very innovative projects.

“People are thinking outside the box, and in very different ways. Which does not surprise me because of the number of different countries which entered the competition.”

Cath Hill, group director at CIPS and host for the evening, said: “Congratulations once again to all of our worthy winners. It was a fantastic evening celebrating the most innovative and creative procurement projects.”

The winners in full

Overall winner
UK Department for Work and Pensions

Best Contribution to Corporate Responsibility
Turkcell İletişim Hizmetleri AŞ

Best Cross-Functional Teamwork Project
AB Sugar

Best People Development Initiative
Ecolab

Best Process Improvement Initiative
Capgemini

Best Procurement Consultancy Project
CKW Group and Flowdays

Best Supplier Relationship Management
WSP

Most Improved Procurement Operation – Start Up
Lloyds

Most Improved Procurement Operation – Step Change
Vodafone

Most Innovative Use of Technology
UK Department for Work and Pensions

CIPS Young Procurement and Supply Professional of the Year 
Kaushik Yathindra Kumar, HSBS

CIPS Procurement & Supply Professional of the Year
Levent Topçu, Turkcell İletişim Hizmetleri AŞ

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