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.