Aerospace & Defence Procurement Group

The Aerospace and Defence Procurement Group is formed of CPOs and Supply Chain Directors from member organisations, who together have become a representative voice of procurement in the sector. The group is a driving force for professionalisation, working collaboratively to continuously stay ahead of trends, discussing emerging forces, opportunities and challenges for the sector, and the talent development agenda.

The group has no commercial objectives or discussions instead looking for ways of improving standards and practices and, under the leadership of BAE Systems, established the Aerospace and Defence Academy in 2011. Since then, over 1000 people have been through CIPS qualifications, working towards MCIPS and Chartered Status. The group has also published a ‘Professionalisation Statement’ in support of the licensing agenda set out by CIPS in 2015 and are keen advocates of developing professionals in procurement and supply management.

In addition to the main senior leaders’ group, there is also an Aerospace and Defence Next Generation Group that works together to research key areas of interest. Recently the Next Generation Group has developed papers around Industry 4.0, Cyber Security and is now working on a sector-specific Modern Day Slavery paper. 

    Mission and Vision

    The Aerospace and Defence Procurement Group (ADPG) has clearly defined terms of reference under which it operates and has a vision and mission which determine its overall focus. 

    Mission – Driving excellence and professionalism in procurement and supply capability.

    Vision – To be the catalyst for skills development and professional standards in the context of the aerospace and defence sector while sharing topical good practices.

    The purpose of the group is to:

    • Collaboratively drive the procurement and supply management capability of the sector, through the prime organisations but also through the multi-tiers in the supply chain, working collectively through initiatives to bring this about.
    • Work together to influence the shape, scope and delivery of programmes within the Aerospace and Defence Academy, and promote the academy and associated standards within own organisations and those of peers and sub-tiers.
    • Influence the building of SME capability in procurement and supply in the sector, through increasing knowledge and skills in an accessible way to enhance performance and competitiveness.
    • Collectively discuss key topical issues and initiatives that are current and relevant to the sector and where appropriate agree an understanding and position that can be used by individual companies.
    • Influence areas of national interest, standards and practice such as Cyber Security, Conflict Minerals, Aerospace Growth Partnership, and Defence Growth Partnership.
    • Influence the establishment of sub-groups associated with the ADPG to drive forward any of the above agendas.
    • Provide advice and guidance on CIPS products and services.
    • Act as advocates of CIPS, promoting the procurement profession.


    The group periodically works collaboratively in a range of areas and has over the last few years worked on:


    To join the group, you must be a CPO, Procurement Director or Supply Chain Director from an aerospace and defence organisation. The group is made up of prime and tier one organisations from within the sector, with collaboration from ADS, the trade body for the sector.

    Organisations represented include:

    • BAE Systems     
    • Lockheed Martin             
    • Rolls Royce        
    • MBDA  
    • Airbus
    • Boeing
    • Babcock              
    • Bombardier       
    • Leonardo Group              
    • Cobham
    • Thales  
    • General Electric               
    • QinetiQ               
    • Raytheon           
    • Atomic Weapons Establishment
    • Meggitt               
    • GKN      
    • MOD    
    • ADS       
    • CIPS

    CIPS representation on the group includes the sponsoring CIPS Group Director of Knowledge and Membership, Ana Barco.

    The Chair of the ADPG is Simon Tomlinson, Group Director of Procurement, QinetiQ.

    If you are interested in learning more about the group, contact Karen Beamish, CIPS Lead for the Senior Leaders Groups on

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