Construction Senior Leaders Procurement Group

The group is made up of senior procurement executives, and spends its time discussing and considering the broad array of emerging and existing opportunities and challenges facing the construction sector.  During the last few months they have spent time exploring issues such as competence in the construction industry, supply chain resilience, exploring Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA), and providing insight into people development and professionalisation issues for the future. They have also recently produced a white paper on Building Supply Chain Resilience in the Construction Sector

The group is seeking to grow its membership so that it can work collaboratively to develop talent and strong organisational practices in procurement and supply chain management.

    Mission and Vision

    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 construction sector while sharing topical good practices.

    The overall purpose of the group is to:

    • Collaboratively drive the procurement and supply management capability of the sector.
    • Work together to influence the shape, scope and delivery of programmes within the sector, promote professionalisation 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.
    • Promote awareness of the sector in schools and universities, making procurement and supply management the profession of choice.
    • 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 in relation to construction.
    • Influence the establishment of sub-groups 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 is currently working on two initiatives:

    1. Procurement Competence in the Construction Sector
    2. Supply Chain Resilience – including procurement continuity plans; demand planning; and supply chain visibility
    3. Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DFMA)


    To join the group, you must be a CPO, Procurement Director or Supply Chain Director from a construction organisation. The group is made up of a number of organisations representing a cross section of clients, main contractors and key supply chain suppliers. A representative from the sector trade bodies and academic representatives may also be included.

    Organisations represented include:


    •BAM Nuttall        

    •Berkeley Group

    •Clarion Housing


    •Highways England    

    •John Sisk and Son

    •Laing O’Rourke


    •Morgan Sindall 

    •Murphy Group

    •Sir Robert McAlpine




    CIPS representation on the group includes the sponsoring CIPS Group Director, Duncan Brock.

    The Chair of the Group is Laura Hobbs, Global Head of Procurement and Supply Chain, the Royal BAM Group.

    If you are interested in learning more about the group, contact

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