Global Standard for Procurement and Supply

A Competency Framework for our Profession

Our Global Standard for Procurement and Supply sets out what excellence should look like in practice, at all levels, in all sectors, anywhere in the world.

Updated in 2021, employers tell us that it continues to be a vital resource for providing clarity and transparency regarding the skills, knowledge and capabilities required by our profession.

Now more than ever, anyone working in our profession must be able to cope with volatile trading environments, increasing supply chain complexity and digitalisation.  

Explore our Global Standard to help with your performance discussions, future development opportunities and will highlight any new areas of expertise.

The latest updates to the Standard published in 2021 include key terms and references, legislation and other standards relevant to our profession.

Download The Standard 2021 - PDF.

Global Standard Online Tool

    How it works

    Use the Standard to identify the performance level of any individual, anywhere in the world with a responsibility for procurement and supply.

    Step 1 - Choose competency level

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    Step 2 - Choose a theme 

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    Step 3 - Choose a segment. Now you can drill down into the knowledge and capabilities expected by level.

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    Step 4 - Review the chosen segment. You can download it and follow the related links to CIPS knowlege, tools and resources that will help to fill any knowledge and skills gaps.

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    Pathways to Professionalism

    Your journey can take you all the way to MCIPS Chartered Professional.

    From starter to Chartered there is a procurement and supply learning journey for you, to help you acheive your career ambitions.

    Your career pathway

    Download the full career pathway guide for more detail:

    Our qualifications are regulated by Ofqual in England and formally recognised by education regulators in other countries.


    We’re proud of our Standard and of the relevance it continues to offer our profession. Whilst we acknowledge the key role of the panel of experienced practitioners and academics in its ongoing development, we’re particularly grateful to the following for their significant and continuing contribution.

      Amanda Boustred FCMI FIoD    UK    CIPS
      Andrew Coulcher    UK  
      Andrew Quincey FCIPS   UK   Transport for London
      Antoinette Brandi, FCIPS   Australia   OZ Minerals
      Claire G Younghusband FCIPS MBA   UK   CYTY Limited
      David L Loseby FCMI, FCIPS, FRSA   UK   Inchcape Plc
      Demet Gülerman    Turkey   Standard Profil Group
      Dipl. Ing. Hagen Helm FCIPS, FRAeS, MBA   Czech Republic   AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE as
      Dr Alan Carroll FCIPS    UK    
      Dr Beverley Lee FCIPS   UK    
      Dr Gary Ramsden MCIPS FCMI CMgr FCILT SFHEA    UK  
      Duncan Brock FCIPS    UK   CIPS
      Edet Richard        Nigerian Army Headquarter
      Enoch Dugbatey MCIPS   Ghana   Graphic Communications Group Limited
      Fiona Nissen FCIPS   Australia    
      Fiona Revell FCIPS   USA   Solar Turbines Inc.
      Fiona Wood FCIPS   UK   CIPS
      Gordon Donovan MSc FCIPS   Australia   Metro Trains Melbourne
      Hans Lindblom   Sweden   Hiab (part of Cargotec Corp)
      Helen Alder FCIPS   UK   CIPS
      Ian Scholar FCIPS   UK   CIPS
      Jane Wagner   Australia   ACT Regional Chair (Canberra, Australia)
      Kevin Hickman FCIPS    UK  
      Larry Beard FCIPS   UK   EIPSC
      Leonard K Torsu MBA, FCIPS    UK   Healthcare 4 Africa
      Lisa Campbell FCIPS Chartered Status   Saudi Arabia   King Abdullah University of Science & Technology
      Lucas D'Souza FCIPS   India   Qatar Foundation
      Mark Chamberlain FCIPS   UK   BAE Systems Plc
      Mark Moore  FCIPS   UK    
      Mattia Zerbinati    Hungary   MOL Group
      Mr Mark Kuipers   South Africa   National Treasury
      Newton Matope   UAE   Sevenseas Group
      Professor Danny Samson   Australia   University of Melbourne
      Professor Douglas Boateng MSC, ENGD, FCILT, FSOE, FIPLANTE, FCMI, FIC, FINST.D FIOM FCIPS, FIOD, CDIR   South Africa   IPP Resources
      Ronald Mlalazi FCIPS   South Africa   Commerce Edge Academy
      Salisu Alhaji Uba MCIPS   Nigeria   Ministry of Defence, Nigeria
      Sam Achampong FCIPS   UAE   CIPS, MENA
      Stephen Rowe FCIPS   Australia   Spotless Group
      Tett Walters FCIPS   South Africa  
      Wael Safwat FCIPS Chartered Status   Canada    
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