April 2017

COMING SOON ... our Procurement Salary Guide & Insight Report 2017 showcases talent and careers in procurement

CIPS and Hays are delighted to be partnering for a third year to continue to provide insight into the key trends and issues impacting on procurement and supply chain professionals.

The full Report will be launched on 15 May 2017 but here are just a few advance


  • Salaries for procurement people continue to grow for the third year in a row
  • MCIPS and FCIPS professionals continue to command higher salaries, plus we have seen a 10% growth in the FCIPS community
  • 70% of organisations were looking to hire this year but we are still facing a skills shortage, putting the most talented professionals at a real advantage

Ensuring you have access to the talent your organisation needs

When it comes to the recruitment of permanent and temporary labour, effective procurement management can result in huge cost efficiencies. We are pleased to announce that through our new knowledge partnership with Hays Talent Solutions, we are now able to bring our members a range of tools, papers, templates and guidance to help you deal efficiently with what is fast becoming an increasingly complex area of spend… More

Quick wins for new talent at the top

It's extremely important for new procurement leaders, no matter what their leadership role, to focus on demonstrating some 'quick wins' during the early stages of employment. This new briefing paper from BravoSolutions explores why... More

Need to recruit quickly and cost-effectively?

The official CIPS jobs board, Supply Management Jobs, has the highest market share of direct advertisers in the marketplace as well as a jobseekers database of over 41,000 candidates. With 81% of candidates CIPS qualified, Supply Management Jobs is the first destination for procurement and supply professionals looking for their next career move, attracting an average of 20 applications per vacancy.

Special offer for new advertisers

Post your procurement and supply chain vacancies and benefit from the following:

  • Premium job upgrades with every vacancy, until it's filled
  • Careers content to promote your organisation as a great place to work
  • Exclusive brand takeover for one week on Supply Management Job's homepage

Cost only £5000

For more information, please contact Samantha Johnston on 0208 267 4965 or email: samantha.johnston@haymarket.com

For recruiters in Australia please contact Samantha for your regional offer

"We advertised our Supply Chain and Operations Director vacancy with Supply Management Jobs. We found the candidate with the skills and experience we needed."

H. Williams, Cosy Direct

What's your perspective...on category management?

A new knowledge resource from GEP highlights that category management requires a higher-level perspective on enterprise priorities and procurement activities than other approaches to spend management. You need that elevated perspective...and that isn't just about rising above the minutiae of sourcing, spend analysis, and supplier management, it's also about taking a broader view on spend and enterprise objectives. Category management never happens without a solid plan! More

What de-regulation of the non-domestic water market in England means for procurement

From April, the water market in England will open up to competition meaning that all business customers will have the chance to to switch their water and wastewater supplier. Business customers in Scotland have been able to switch supplier since 2008, while in Wales only business customers using 50,000m3 of water annually will be able to switch.

It is organisations with multiple sites across England and Scotland who are likely to be most interested in, and benefit the most from, the change in the law, as this is a chance to consolidate to a single supplier. There are unlikely to be big savings to be made by switching, but suppliers may seek to differentiate their offer through customer service and added value services which could be of benefit.

To stay up to date with developments in this area, take a look at our Energy and Water Specialist Knowledge Group, in particular our response to the recent OFWAT consultation. More

New tool designed to build resilience in supply chains

This free Risk and Resilience Online Assessment Tool will support procurement and supply management professionals and those with an interest in buying to develop resilience in their own supply chains. The assessment takes around 15 minutes to complete and produces a report examining seven key areas of risk, highlighting areas of weakness and further support and guidance. Take the test

Parting the clouds

Do you understand the difference between SaaS and cloud-native technology? This new white paper from GEP discusses the fundamental differences between true cloud solutions and software as a service, and crucially how these differences can impact their ability to meet your current and future business requirements. More

Tips for optimising your study time

As well as the learning outcomes for each unit in the Unit Content Guide, you also need to demonstrate the depth of your understanding, so wider reading beyond CIPS course books is essential. Dip into journals and newspaper articles, magazines such as Supply Management, online resources such as CIPS Knowledge and the In the News section of our website. . You’ll also pick up some news and views on our social media channels on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

"Signing up for the Supply Management daily e-mail was the best thing I ever did to help my studies. It provides me access to relevant and up-to-date procurement news which I relate my studies to. I was able to include relevant examples in my exam answers and my results improved". Anon student

A few more exam resources you'll find online

  • Each unit content guide for the qualification unit you're studying is on the CIPS website
  • Improve your approach to answering exam papers: this guide provides you with a previously marked case study with actual student responses and feedback from assessors
  • Practice your exam technique: download past papers from the Student Zone
Read and understand the command words in exam questions as they tell you what the assessor is looking for: you'll find these at the end of each of the Assessment guides in the Student Zone

Congratulations to our new Fellows this month

Jacqueline Rock Sheryl Ann Richmond Alastair W K Roy
Anj Cooke Craig Evans Ian Dewar
Alan MacLachlan Andrew Collins Karen Boston Grewcock
Paul Joesbury Pelly Rutamwebwa Mugasi Sarah Tucker
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