Happy new career

Rebecca Ellinor Tyler is former editor of Supply Management
19 January 2015

Rebecca Ellinor2015 is a big year for procurement careers. As of this month, full CIPS members and fellows are able to apply to achieve the new Chartered Status

When the Queen last year approved CIPS’ request to offer this professional status, it was the most significant moment in the history of the institute since it received its Royal Charter in 1992. Within 48 hours of the announcement, more than 500 people had registered interest. 

As CIPS points out, it is offered to the profession at a time when challenges such as food fraud, modern slavery and supply chain risks are more prominent than ever before. To find out how you can achieve Chartered Status, click here.

The recruitment market for the profession is booming but soft skills remain in short supply according to recruitment consultants. Senior professionals highlight their importance too. Britvic Soft Drinks CPO and CIPS Procurement and Supply Chain Management Professional of the Year 2014 Fabienne Lesbros explains the central tenets of communication here. This is echoed by interim and director Martin Diggines who, on page 38, recommends buyers use their “two ears and one mouth in that proportion”.

Experts offer their opinion on the best way to showcase achievements to potential employers – without bragging. And procurement specialist Brodie Smithers provides a candid explanation of why sulking about exam failure wasn’t the best response and how he’s bounced back. Finally, click the following links for a reminder of some key skills – negotiations, financial, project and stakeholder management.

If you’re looking for the chance to network with senior members of the profession, book a ticket to the CIPS Annual Dinner on 11 March. This black-tie occasion at the London Hilton on Park Lane will include an interview with Rio Tinto CEO Sam Walsh by business journalist Steph McGovern. Go to cipsannualdinner.com for details.


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