September 2016

Announcing the Supply Management Overall Award Winner for the UK

Congratulations to the Heathrow Airport procurement department…

and to all our other Award Winners who are driving our profession to even greater heights of achievement.

Congratulations to all our Supply Management Award Winners

The 2016 CIPS Supply Management Awards were presented in London on 14 September. The procurement team at Heathrow won the Overall Award. They took a fragmented procurement department that was viewed by the business as failing to add value, and transformed its service, engagement and capability. The judges commended the project for its clear aims and objectives, and the emphasis on the need for a cultural change within the department.

You can read more about all our Award Winners here:

Overall Award Winners

Group Category Winners

Individual Category Winners

Attracting, Developing and Retaining Talent

Last year one of the major themes in our Procurement Salary Guide and Insights was the importance of attracting, developing and retaining talent, often by: seeking soft and transferable skills outside the profession; offering the clear career progression survey respondents told us they want; and making sure salary and benefits packages are in line with the market and candidate expectations.

You can read more about the focus on talent in the CIPS/Hays Procurement Salary Guide and Insights 2016 and our Building a Procurement Team report.

Our 2017 CIPS/Hays Salary Survey Open Until 16 October 2016

Now in its third year the CIPS/Hays Procurement Salary Guide and Insights is fast becoming known as the benchmark for the profession as a salary guide plus offers an insight into benefits and skills in demand by both employees and employers.

Last year over 4,000 of you completed the survey globally allowing us to extend our reporting beyond the UK to cover South Africa, Australia and the growing interim market.

For 2017 we intend to expand the interim section and give a more in-depth insight globally.

The survey should take on average 10 minutes to complete.

As a thank you for taking part, please leave your details at the end of the survey to enter our prize draw for a £200 Amazon Voucher (or equivalent to your local currency).

Closing date for the survey is 16 October 2016 and a summary of the findings will be available in 2017 - take the survey now.

For further information or to download the 2016 guide please visit

Do You Know What Size Company is Right for You?

Chris Dottie, Managing Director, Hays Spain, gives his insights on the different advantages of working for larger and smaller companies, depending on your personality, ambitions and what stage of your career you're at.

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Chartered Status – Give Yourself the Edge

Now that our very first professionals are achieving Chartered Status, we spoke to some of them to find out how they found the experiential route to becoming Chartered, and what they believe are the benefits.

Read all of our Chartered Status case studies

"I now see MCIPS as the entry level for procurement professionals, with Chartered a chance to build on this as a stepping stone to more senior roles." Nathan Davies MCIPS Chartered Procurement and Supply Professional.

Creating procurement and supply chain leaders is the aim of the new CIPS Master Practitioner programme starting in November. Master Practitioner is a unique executive-style training programme leading to the highest level of achievement in the profession –Chartered Status – putting you in the most sought-after talent pool and helping to drive the profession beyond its current boundaries.

Read more about the Master Practitioner programme and find out what people are saying about Chartered Status.

New Category Management Knowledge Partnership with GEP

Over recent months we identified that category management was the most consistently searched for topic on our website and the area with the most requests for resources. In response to this we have now launched a new knowledge partnership with GEP, a leading global provider of procurement consulting, outsourcing and technology.

This partnership has enabled us to develop an exclusive CIPS Knowledge section on category management, featuring a range of white papers, case studies, webcasts and other resources to help you establish your procurement organisation as a valued business partner and trusted advisor.

Visit our Category Management Knowledge section

The Secrets of Successful Category Management


In this webcast, guest experts from GEP discuss the key value drivers and benefits of category management outsourcing. They also share the common challenges that enterprises face in outsourcing category management and the steps to mitigate them. A must-watch for all procurement professionals looking to deliver higher savings, improve supplier performance, mitigate risks, and drive innovation for the enterprise.

Access the webinar now

CIPS Risk Index Quarter 2 Report is Now Available

Key points include:

  • The CRI score continued its deteriorating trend as Dun & Bradstreet analysts downgraded a number of key economies, led by a Brexit-driven downgrade of the UK.
  • More than seven years after the Great Recession officially ended, growth in many major developed economies remains stuck in middle gear, while emerging markets now also appear vulnerable.
  • The lack of a significant rebound in commodity prices held back some countries, while erosion in the macroeconomic environment weighed on the outlook for some advanced Western economies.
  • Seven countries have been upgraded in terms of operational risk assessments, with thirteen countries experiencing an overall increase in operational risk for companies trading across borders.

Read the full Risk Index Q2 Report

New Cloud and Mobile Solutions Knowledge Partnership with GEP

Procurement functions in best-in-class organisations worldwide are increasingly turning to cloud and mobile solutions to streamline and automate their operations. In response to this we have now launched a new knowledge partnership with GEP.

CIPS has developed a knowledge partnership with GEP - a leading global provider of procurement consulting, outsourcing and technology – to provide CIPS members with regular white papers and other resources to help you make the most of these cloud and mobile technologies.

Visit our Cloud and Mobile Solutions Knowledge section

Using Software Robots to Improve Quality, Efficiency and Accuracy of Work

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is when one piece of software talks to another piece of software while using the human interface to allow the software robot to be trained to do people's repetitive work. This desired result is improved quality, efficiency and accuracy.

Right now on our website you can find our more about RPA in a short film where Engie, one of the UK’s leading Total Facilities Management providers, share their experiences of this new technology.

Top Tips to Make Your Procurement Suite RFP Stress Free

The decision of choosing the right procurement technology will have a significant impact on your company’s bottom line, so it's important you get it right. Download this free toolkit from BravoSolution to discover the top four frequently overlooked areas that you should consider when looking for a procurement suite provider.

New Knowledge

Take a look at the latest additions to the CIPS Knowledge Hub:

The Market Research Society make their Research Buyers Guide 2016 available to CIPS members. Featuring over 600 high-quality research service suppliers, this is the UK’s only professionally accredited list of research suppliers.

CASME (Category and Sourcing Managers Executive) has launched a suite of new resources focused on Integrated Facilities Management Contracts including Security.

A new Mintec report on Brexit and food commodities, looking at the impact of the referendum on this category so far.

Welcome New Fellows

This month sees a number of new fellowship awards so many congratulations to:

Vincenzo Zangrilli Jeremy Mabey Lisa Campbell
Kevin Lai Duncan Hurd Stuart Smith
Steven Guppy George Mumba  

Don’t Forget to Update Your Details!

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Philip J Brown B.Com FCIPS FEIT MBIM

25 March 1929 – 16 September 2016

Philip was a renowned member of the Institute who was awarded his Fellowship and went on to become President in 1974. He remained heavily involved in the education and training programmes throughout his working life and into retirement. Alongside two colleagues he helped write the history of the Institute.

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