Fellows of the Future

The CIPS Fellows of the Future programme focuses on succession planning and leadership in the sector, harnessing the future leaders of the procurement and supply chain profession. Fellows of the Future are members who demonstrate the potential in terms of knowledge and skill as well as the ambition to reach the highest level of CIPS membership.

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    What is the Fellows of the Future programme?

    Recognising that there is currently a lack of top talent at the senior levels of the procurement profession CIPS, through its Fellowship community, is seeking to identify and nurture those within the profession who have the potential to become future leaders.

    Current CIPS Fellows are instrumental to the programme providing guidance, help and support to those wishing to move to Fellowship. Fellows can help by supporting the workshops either through attendance, speaking or hosting the event.

    The Fellows of the Future programme also provides the opportunity for existing Fellows to become mentors to these future leaders to encourage such retention and to continue to promote procurement as a career of choice.

    What does the programme involve?

    Aimed to help Fellows of the Future maximise their application to full Fellowship by providing them with opportunities outside of their normal remit to:

    • Learn from leaders of the profession
    • Participate in leadership and soft skills workshops
    • Access knowledge of procurement in different sectors
    • Attend events open only to senior procurement professionals
    • Interact and converse with senior professionals outside of their own sphere of contact
    • Add to their public good portfolio
    • Facilitate and extend networking amongst their own peer group globally.

    Those accepted on the programme will be invited to join a closed Fellows of the Future LinkedIn Group. There will also be the opportunity to attend selected other networking and knowledge events aimed at our most senior professionals. 

    Who is a Fellow of the Future?

    Do you fit the criteria or know someone who does? The list below is the ideal however, we understand that there will always be the exception so if you are not sure whether you or your colleague would meet the conditions please email us to discuss.

    Hold a current CIPS membership and ideally be:

    Be in a minimum managerial competency role based on the CIPS Global Standard 

    Develops, improves and fulfils organisational and functional objective in procurement and supply.

    Typical job roles:

    • Senior Buyer
    • Category Manager
    • Contract Officer
    • Logistics Manager
    • On a fast track company graduate scheme

    Be involved in a public good project for example:

    • Adopt a school
    • Be active within a Branch preferably at Committee Level
    • Possibly be a Congress member
    • Contribute to our Knowledge hub
    • Provide case studies
    • Speak at events

    Have the support of their line manager

    Be prepared to contribute time outside of their day job and normal working hours for the good of the procurement and supply profession

    How do I get involved?

    Applications for this year’s programme are now closed but we will be launching the 2019 programme on 1 October 2018.

    If you wish to apply you will be asked to submit the following:

    • A copy of you CV
    • Organisation chart showing your place within your company's hierarchy
    • Letter of support from your line manager confirming your commitment to the programme
    • Your contact details and
    • A statement of no more than 500 words answering the following question:

    Explain what achieving Fellowship would mean to you and your career, and what have you done already to develop the procurement profession.

    We can only accept the top 50 candidates.


    Current events planned for successful applicants are as follows:

    • 9 October Sales v Procurement – what can we learn from our colleagues in Sales
      Hays Recruitment, Birmingham- 2pm – 6pm


    Achieving MCIPS is the goal that our studying members are aiming for – however, at CIPS recognised that there was a large gap between this award and the next steps to Fellowship. The Fellows of the Future programme is aimed at bridging this gap, giving candidates the opportunity to network with senior FCIPS professionals, plus equipping them with essential soft skills, extra leadership and team building expertise.

    The programme was launched on 14 March with a networking event hosted by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and sponsored by Hays Recruitment. Over 60 Fellows and Fellows of the Future heard from CIPS CEO Gerry Walsh FCIPS on the importance of succession planning and then enjoyed a session of speed networking to break the ice. Over the course of the next year, the 45 candidates on the programme will meet for workshops run by experts in their field on a variety of topics including emotional intelligence, what buyers can learn from sales, and transformational versus transactional leadership.

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