May/June 2019


Making your membership count

As a CIPS member, you are frequently invited to take part in surveys and contribute to the profession's research. Your feedback is invaluable, helping to shape new thinking, guide future offerings from CIPS and establish current and potential trends.

Giving just a few minutes of your time to have your say means you are playing a valuable role in influencing the direction of our profession, helping us to achieve wider recognition and offering clarity and insights into the profession.

CIPS/Hays Procurement Salary Guide and Insights 2019

The launch of the 2019 UK version of the CIPS/Hays Procurement Salary Guide and Insights recently took place at Capgemini UK with almost 100 senior procurement professionals who were given early insights to the results. The Salary Guide and Insights report is now in its fifth year and together with the UK version we also produce four other regional reports from our global community. On 18 June we launched all five reports to our global community. To help members in their career journey this year we have put together some next steps based on the Global Standard and would encourage you to forward on to your community. Download your guide and see what your next career steps could be. More

How are your soft skills?

Once again the 2019 Salary survey reported that the top skills for procurement professionals across all levels are communication and soft skills. Take advantage of our webinar on 2 July and learn how to enhance your skills. Book now

Closing the gender pay gap

The 2019 CIPS/Hays Procurement Salary Guide and Insights report found that the gender pay gap at senior level for procurement and supply management professionals has widened. Speaking at the launch event for the report, hosted by Capgemini UK, Elysia McCaffrey, Deputy Head of the Government Equalities Office, discussed how employers should look to remove any bias from their recruitment processes and systems. This could include making sure several women are shortlisted for roles, and using skills-based assessment and structured interviews to avoid unconscious bias at the interview stage. She also recommended avoiding the phrase ‘competitive salary’, instead specifying the salary range at the recruitment stage, so women are more likely to apply. With this transparency continued in pay, promotion and rewards processes once the candidate is in place, this approach with bring more diversity to the workforce... More

The Procurement Power List 2019

The list celebrates the most influential leaders in procurement and supply chain who are raising the bar and driving the profession forward to inspire others. Our leaders on the list for 2019 are demonstrating the great impact that procurement has within their own organisations – whether that is business growth, increased innovation, shaping and developing supply markets or improving their wider communities... More

Top tips from CIPS CEO Malcolm Harrison

"For me, as leaders we must build and deliver a reputation for delivering first and foremost. Whether that is savings, value or something else, we must deliver and make sure that those measures are credible and validated. That’s the bedrock, without this reputation you have nothing to build on. Then we must build on our influence – and I mean influence as opposed to whether or not we have a seat at the top table. I truly believe that influence is more important than position and we must align with business partners rather than confront them.

Good leaders get a breadth of experience and always think business first and function second. They understand their organisation and its strategic goals, and are inquisitive but decisive. Leaders speak truth unto power, always confront the brutal facts and know how to balance humility over confidence. This advice has always held me in good stead." Read more in Supply Management Magazine

CIPS Volunteers' Week

Thanks to CIPS members worldwide who took part in our recent Volunteers' Week. We have over 600 volunteers across our global community, who take a substantial amount of time out of their already very busy lives to give something back to the profession. Many have volunteered for many years. In recognition of this commitment we are pleased to be able to present them with time-served awards, acknowledging their length of service to CIPS.

This year, we were delighted to present Mike Mari, FCIPS, with his award, for being a volunteer for over 40 years, an outstanding achievement. The Chair of the Derbyshire branch, Darren Milburn, said: “Mike has a great knowledge of CIPS, branch etiquette and is a master of the procurement profession. He is an absolute rock for us. Forty-four years of volunteering is mammoth, the time and effort is an amazing achievement.”

Why volunteer?

People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. For some it offers the chance to give something back to the profession or make a difference to the people around them. For others it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge.

Here are some of the reasons our members volunteer:

  • “Volunteering for CIPS allows me to give back to a profession that has given so much to me.”
  • “Being part of my local CIPS Branch Committee allows me to broaden my network, skills and abilities.”
  • “I volunteer to inspire future professionals considering procurement as a career.”
  • “Volunteering enables me to share my experiences and insights and give back to the profession.”

Thank you from Malcolm Harrison FCIPS, Group CEO

“CIPS volunteers are a crucial connectivity for us and for the wider global procurement community. They reach out and ensure that members, no matter where they are, are supported, networked together and linked back to CIPS. Our valued volunteer network is built on a passion for the profession, which they clearly display. CIPS couldn’t do its valuable work without them. I’d like to express my thanks for those taking this volunteering journey with us and for all their hard work. Everyone is valued, appreciated and supports the reason CIPS exists – the public good.” See our volunteers’ stories and how to get involved

Congress Nominations

The Congress election season has started. We recently sent out a call for nominations from our members with details of the regional opportunities. A reminder email will be sent on the 21 June 2019 as the closing date for nominations is 28 June 2019. If you know a member in a region where there is a vacancy who you think would make a great addition to Congress please do encourage them to apply. Find out how to get involved

Take part in the 2019 annual survey for Indirect Procurement and MRO Supplies

RS Components are proud knowledge partners for the Indirect procurement category of supplies for Maintenance, Repair & Operations (MRO).

Last year over 1400 CIPS members across the globe took part in the second annual survey, the results of which has been read by over 5000 people. Members are now invited to take part in this year’s survey, which takes less than seven minutes to complete.

As a thank you for taking part, you will have the opportunity to be enter into a prize draw to win a £100 or equivalent currency Amazon voucher.

All answers will be kept strictly confidential and in accordance with market research guidelines and GDPR (Europe). Take part in the survey

Tackling modern slavery

CIPS has launched a new two-day training course designed to help eradicate slavery in supply chains. This is available in-company and can be tailored to your organisation’s exact requirements. As with all of our skills training, this can be recorded as CPD for MCIPS members to gain Chartered Status… More

We are also offering companies a full programme of investigation, working to review your policies and procedures around modern slavery and making recommendations for improvements… More

Digitalisation in Procurement & Supply

For the second year running, CIPS is launching global research to gather intelligence on the level of understanding of procurement and supply chain digitalisation, and what this means for procurement and the wider business community.

The research, in collaboration with the University of Melbourne, aims to investigate the types of digital technologies that organisations have adopted or intend to apply across their firm’s supply chain practice, identifying the motivations behind the digitalisation strategy, the challenges faced during the implementation, and the overall benefits generated for the business.

Business investments in new technologies are continually pushing competitive boundaries, across industry and all around the world. We are at the dawn of a new industrial revolution – Industry 4.0 – which is changing the way we live and work, shifting paradigms, disrupting entire industries and creating new, agile and dynamic business models. All members are invited to take the survey

Up-to-date skills and training courses

According to our feedback and research, 97% of our delegates are satisfied with our skills training courses, but we want to keep improving their experience. All of our one- and two-day training courses are being reviewed and updated to ensure they are fit for the future, and that delegates continue to operate effectively in the face of changes in the profession and the wider business environment. See what open courses are coming up

We are also constantly reviewing topics and each year we adjust the range of courses available according to the skills most in demand. For example, the 2019 CIPS/Hays Procurement Salary Guide and Insights report has identified the key skills needed at different levels and you can find appropriate courses to develop these skills on the CIPS website

We also offer in-company packages which can be tailored to your organisation’s exact requirements. View our packages here


CIPS News

Update your LinkedIn

CIPS is now listed under ‘school’ on LinkedIn, meaning members can add CIPS easily to their personal LinkedIn profiles.

Previously, members had to add CIPS manually but can now choose CIPS from the official drop-down menu.

Membership Terms & Conditions

We have recently updated our Membership Terms and Conditions. These can be found here or by visiting the CIPS website General Terms and Conditions page here

CIPS Knowledge

Is it time to outsource direct spend categories?

This paper discusses the factors contributing to sub-optimal direct spend management and provides a starting point for enterprises to begin changing their approach to this area of spend. It sheds light on how leveraging external expertise and adopting the latest technology can help them realize the untapped potential in direct procurement. Read paper


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