January 2018

What does the future hold?

Happy New Year to all our members. Of course, no one can predict exactly what the coming year will bring. But what we can do is plan, prepare and pre-empt, getting our careers, teams and organisations in the best possible shape to tackle what lies ahead. Brushing up on the latest advances in technology, learning best practice from award winners and undertaking new training and challenges are all part of a winning future-proofing strategy.

So as we march into 2018, let’s make it a successful year... whatever it may bring.

Are you a Fellow of the Future?

At CIPS, we are very clear on the importance of nurturing and encouraging our rising stars, helping to future-proof our profession.

This could be you if you:

  • Hope to be at CPO or equivalent level within the next four years

  • Want to lead and shape a team of procurement professionals

  • Have the dedication and commitment to advocate your profession

  • Have MCIPS and are looking to differentiate yourself from the crowd

If you’re selected, you’ll follow a structured programme that will put you in prime position to apply for Fellowship.

Apply today. Closing date for entries is 9 February.

New VPO for CIPS Americas and Canada

Procurement expert Bill Michels has been appointed Vice President of Operations by CIPS Americas. The former CEO of Aripart Consulting, he is a sought-after speaker and writer of many publications.

Duncan Brock, Group Director, CIPS said: “This is a really exciting development for CIPS and recognises the growing demand we are seeing from both our existing client base and new organisations looking to develop their procurement standards and capabilities across the US. Bill is an excellent addition to our global CIPS team and we look forward to expanding our existing US network.”

Reform to IR35 UK tax legislation has heavily impacted the public sector in 2017

Reform to IR35 legislation has heavily impacted the public sector in 2017. With similar changes anticipated for the private sector, download this whitepaper to find out what lessons you can learn and help you be prepared for what's to come.

Download your copy of the whitepaper and webinar recording

Bridging cross-functional barriers using Game Theory

How can procurement achieve impactful results in an environment of conflicting interests? Interestingly, game theory provides an unconventional answer to this question, proposing a methodology that unites all functions behind a common objective. Using this in practice serves to empower procurement within the organisation. Find out more

Developing the capability of your procurement team

Keeping up with the changing procurement and supply chain landscape is essential to future-proof your procurement function. Underpinning employee expertise with formal procurement and supply chain qualifications – such as those delivered by CIPS – can help. These provide a framework for knowledge development and aligning theory with practice, with further study helping to develop soft skills and instil further confidence in decision making. Find out more

Corporate Award for Australasia

CIPS is pleased to introduce its corporate award programme in Australasia, aimed to take your skills to the next level. Delivered by expert tutors, the course is tailored to maximise cross-learning opportunities and is flexible to suit working patterns and learning approaches. There is also the opportunity for knowledge-sharing and networking with your peers. Find out more

Introducing #ibuy

CIPS has launched a new-look website to encourage more young people into the profession - #ibuy and I get paid for it. The website includes case studies of young people and the fascinating things they buy, as well as information on how to get into procurement, what skills and qualifications are required and a toolkit for CIPS members to download and use in schools to spread the word. Find out more

Harnessing opportunities from the Internet of Things

What exactly is Internet of Things (IoT)? How does it work? And what are the anticipated benefits for procurement and supply chain? These huge technological advances spell potential opportunities for businesses. This concise guide gives a clear explanation of what IoT is and how it can impact you and your organisation, highlighting how to unlock its potential. See guide

The drive to an automated world: is it the end of the road for procurement?

There are times when automation is undeniably inevitable and highly useful - you need it to improve the ease and efficiencies of mundane, monotonous processes to drive productivity and savings. But is complete automation the solution to every procurement challenge? This thought-provoking paper envisions the impact of automation on procurement and how it can be leveraged to drive greater efficiency, now and in future. See guide

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