Innovation and creativity key to awards success

Gurjit Degun
12 September 2014

Gurjit Degun © Akin FalopeCongratulations to all the winners and nominees at last night’s CIPS Supply Management Awards.

The prestigious ceremony has been running for more than 10 years now, and really shows off the exceptional talent in procurement. The Grosvenor House Hotel in London last night was buzzing with hard-working professionals transforming procurement through new ideas.

After being named CIPS Procurement and Supply Chain Management Professional of the Year Fabienne Lesbros, chief procurement officer at Britvic, told SM that she believes that her success has always been down to encouraging innovation and creativity.

It is with this mindset that Lesbros has delivered a strong transformation in procurement at Britvic. In the words of the judges, Lesbros “stretched the influence of procurement for beyond the traditional roles of sourcing and category management”.

Overall winners Selex ES and Research Electro-Optics impressed judges with this approach too. But they also worked hard and in collaboration to fix a breakdown within the supply chain.

There is a lot that procurement professionals aspiring to achieve similar success can learn from last night. Understanding how to work with other people to deliver transformations was a strong message.

Well done to all the winners, and let’s see more practitioners impressing the judges next year.

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