January 2019

Refreshed, reviewed and renewed qualifications will create agile and creative thinkers...

The reviewed and restructured CIPS Qualifications launched in January aims to develop more agile and creative thinkers, who are focused on strategy and relationship building. Following a review of the CIPS Global Standard competency framework, the updated qualifications aim to future-proof students with the right skills and knowledge to face the challenges their organisations face ahead.

“Procurement professionals need to strategically position themselves as champions for change promoting the highest standards of ethical practice for their organisations and supply chains. As well as the most relevant content, the updated qualifications allow more flexibility for procurement and supply learners. We hope this will engender a culture of inquisitive procurement professionals who are constantly seeking out best practice and looking beyond their organisations for new ideas.” Malcolm Harrison FCIPS, Group CEO, CIPS

The demands on today’s procurement professionals are much more complex, from modern slavery and Brexit strategies to cyber security, and business leaders are looking to procurement professionals for the solutions. CIPS students will be equipped to face these challenges head-on. Find out more.

What will 2019 bring for you?

As we see out the first month of 2019, it’s a good time to look ahead and prepare for the opportunities and challenges ahead. With uncertainty over Brexit still dominating, it’s key for all organisations and procurement professionals to understand the potential outcomes in order to avoid any possible pitfalls.

As ever, keeping up to date with your personal development is essential. To attract and retain the best talent, organisations must focus on offering the right training and support, maintaining a motivated team of sharp, talented procurement professionals.

Career development is key to retaining talent

A lack of future opportunities is the main reason 30% of procurement professionals will consider leaving their job this year. Three tips to implement in your team

  • Communication
  • Training
  • Lateral movement or mentoring

Read the full report from Hays

Procurement team talent management

We asked the Chair of our Professional Services Special Knowledge Team Chris Emberton MCIPS, Procurement Director at Clifford Chance for some advice on how he manages retention amongst his team…More

Diversity and Inclusion

Procurement, like every other business function, needs to attract and retain the best talent to drive performance. Increasingly, Diversity and inclusion is at the heart of this: diverse teams are more innovative, and people want to be part of them and stay part of them. Businesses that understand this open up the potential for huge competitive advantage…More

The January jobs drive

More people apply for jobs in January than any other month of the year, according to the latest data from Supply Management’s specialist job board, Supply Management Jobs

1 in 5 people were already actively searching for a new job for the new year in November 2017 when Investors in People (IIP) carried out their annual Job Exodus Survey 2018. The same research found that nearly half (47%) of the UK workforce were looking to move jobs in the next year.

Combined with the results of a YouGov poll in December 2017, which revealed that the seventh most popular New Year’s resolution is to ‘get a new job’, it’s no surprise that Supply Management Jobs saw an influx in applications in January 2018.

This is indicative of the trend for jobseekers to rush to sites, like Supply Management Jobs, to find a new job for the new year. Clearly, it’s a peak time to advertise with more return on your investment.

Stand out from your competitors

"What our research confirms is that January is a key month for job seekers wishing to shift roles in the new year. That’s why we think recruiters should take advantage of this boom in the market and put their roles front and centre", says Samantha Johnston, sales director at Supply Management Jobs.

So what has Supply Management Jobs got to offer recruiters beyond a standard job listing, to set them apart from their competitors?

Applications Assured: Get a guaranteed number of applications

Applications Assured is a new recruitment solution that guarantees to deliver a minimum of 10 applications into your online account within four weeks, or you get your next job advert for free.

Wonderful Workplaces: Build your employer brand for long term success

We believe the secret to winning when it comes to recruitment lies in succession planning and building your employer brand over time, not just at the point of an urgent hiring need.

90% of candidates consider an employer’s brand when applying for a job, according to a 2016 HBM Recruitment survey, so cut through the competition and build your brand to future-proof your talent pipeline with Wonderful Workplaces, our latest employer branding, recruitment marketing and insights service.

This is your chance to develop an in-depth understanding of your candidates and recruitment market, showcase your company culture, career development opportunities and job vacancies, and position your organisation as one of the most exciting places to work.

By partnering with Supply Management Jobs’ Wonderful Workplaces initiative to transform and amplify your brand, you will be better placed to attract and engage top talent through multiple specialist channels…More

What makes a great leader?

The CIPS Procurement Power List provide their tips on what makes a great leader…More

Learn first-hand from our leaders

Modern slavery

CIPS has provided global leadership and guidance to markets, companies, governments and individuals around the world to develop, introduce and effectively implement practices to address modern slavery risks in supply chains.

We believe procurement professionals have a critical role to play in seeking out and eliminating enslavement practices and enabling suppliers to do the same through knowledge and training. We support organisations seeking to improve due diligence on all ethical aspects across their entire supply chains…More

Slavery in UK construction supply chains.

Do we know the extent of the problem and level of awareness? If you work in the sector, please give a few moments of your time to complete our short survey and you'll receive a copy of the results before publication. Take our survey

Make sure you’re up to speed with ethical practices

Take the CIPS E-learning and Ethical Procurement Test. Free to members and essential for your upgrade to Chartered Status…More

Don’t miss out on all the good stuff!!

We can give you five good reasons why you should make sure your contact details are up to date on MyCIPS:

  • Improve career prospects – upskill with webinars and e-learning
  • Do your day job better – access tools and templates on CIPS Knowledge
  • Find a new job – Be the first hear about great vacancies on SM Jobs
  • Get Chartered status – gain CPD hours by keeping up to date with what’s new in the profession
  • Meet new contacts – network with your peers at Branch and Member events

New Year New Status

The number of Chartered members is growing monthly and is now tipping 1500 globally. Recruiters are reporting back that employers are showing a growing interest in the implications of having teams with current up to date skills and knowledge giving the edge to candidates with Chartered status. So make your New Year’s resolution be Chartered status and improve your career prospects. If you have 30 hours of CPD over the last 12 months and a current CIPS Ethics Certificate you can self-certify via your MyCIPS…More

Transform the way you innovate

Innovation is the key to competitive advantage, but taking any new idea from concept to launch and beyond involves time, cost and risk. The CIPS Innovation Cycle takes your business through every step involved in innovating new products, technologies, services and supplier processes.

It gives you the reassurance that your projects will run more smoothly and cost effectively, so you can capitalise rapidly on innovation…More

Have you got a handle on your costs drivers?

GEP share their insights on how cost breakdown analysis can help you to proactively control costs and derive competitive advantage through your procurement…More

Using game theory to turn procurement into a value driver

93% of CIPS members surveyed believe that game theory improves the bargaining position with suppliers – find out more on how the application can be a value driver for your business in 2019.

Skills Gap Analysis

When succession planning, how do you know where your training budget is best spent? Identify talent and address development needs with a skills assessment for your team that can set the direction for the year.

CIPS Skills Gap Analysis is an in-depth assessment of your employees’ procurement training needs and talents, which also benchmarks your team against others in your sector worldwide, giving you invaluable information to guide your people development…More

Are your views on emerging technologies the same as your CFOs?

We're asking procurement leaders around the world for your views on emerging technologies and how you're using them to drive value and efficiencies. We already know what CFOs think and this is set out in The Procurement Predicament white paper. This new survey means we can produce a report that compares the two views and which you can use to inform your approach to influencing the business in this area.

Please take part in the Emerging Technologies Survey before11 February 2019.

The European Perspective on Procurement 2018: A Country Comparison

The CIO’s essential guide to modernising procurement

This report discusses a 7-step approach to help enterprise IT teams digitally transform the procurement function. It also shares strategies for effective CIO-CPO collaboration to enable and accelerate this change…More

CIPS NEWS: SM magazine going global

Due to requests from our members we are pleased to announce we are now going global with hard copies of the Supply Management magazine for our MCIPS and FCIPS members. All others members can still access it digitally and will be sent the link via email. Remember, one hour of reading equals one hour of CPD points if you are working towards your Chartered status upgrade. Please make sure you update your details, especially your postal contact on MyCIPS, to ensure you receive your copy.

CIPS NEWS: Look out for the forthcoming special supplement by Raconteur in the Times and supported by CIPS

With the influx of data and access to digital technologies, supply chain management is at a new tipping point. Supply chains now must be highly responsive, agile and flexible in order to meet the CXO’s growth agenda and provide a competitive advantage. Nearly a third (32 per cent) of UK businesses with EU suppliers have already increased their prices as a result of the vote to leave the EU, according to CIPS, while 41 per cent plan to increase their prices in the future in order to offset the potential costs of Brexit. In the face of such uncertainty, the C-suite has not yet fully embraced the wide range of technologies available to secure and advance their supply chain. Raconteur will be publishing the Supply Chain Innovation report in The Times newspaper and iPad edition on March 5, 2019. With commentary and analysis by subject-matter experts and leading business and technology journalists, this report will present an independent overview of the challenges and opportunities available to supply chain managers. Supported by the latest data, forecasts and thought-provoking infographics, this report will unravel the latest supply chain trends and drive awareness of the technologies that are helping companies gain a competitive edge and minimise disruption caused by Brexit.

New partner in France

CIPS has further extended its international network with the signing of a partnership with purchasing training and consulting organisation BY.O in France. BY.O will be CIPS Country Partner in France, delivering skills training, applied learning and Procurement Excellence Programmes.

At the end of last year, BY.O held an official launch event in Paris attended by a hundred of its clients, where they announced the partnership. By.O and CIPS have already been selected by the French State Purchasing Department to train Purchasing Managers operating in the various ministries.


CIPS Kenya Branch appoint new officials

The AGM and Elections were very successful on Friday, with new branch officials appointed as follows:

  • Chair – Maryann Karanja, MCIPS
  • Vice Chair – Joy Njau, FCIPS
  • Secretary – Michael Masinde
  • Education Officer – Josephat Olwal Ngesah, MCIPS
  • Public Relations Officer – Emily Okonjo, MCIPS
  • Member Officer – Mollen Atieno
  • Student Representative – Tonny Muthomi Kirema

Immediately after the AGM a handover meeting was held and the new team is fully up to speed on their roles and expectations. Meet your officials


CIPS Northern Emirates Branch - Moving The Cheese with Power of People

The CIPS Northern Emirates Branch Team believes there is a strong need to Embrace our passionate and committed community of Procurement and Supply Chain professionals into social networking on a professional platform, Enlighten them with sharing best practices and sense of agility and Empower them by elevating their visibility by community belonging.

The Branch is spread over five different Emirates and is committed to meet the challenges of widespread geography and diverse demography to pursue the path of Excellence.

Since its inception, the Branch has become a vibrant community of professionals working together to advance the art and science of procurement and supply in all forms. During the year, Branch has created some inspiring opportunities for supply chain and procurement professionals to enjoy the full benefits of associating with a world class international professional body.

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