September 2017

Optimising skills, progressing careers

September, with its 'back to school' feel, is the perfect time for CIPS members to consider career progression through continuous professional development and getting the most from the many CIPS resources available to you.

Investing in soft skills can significantly increase procurement outcomes

Fusion 21 explore the importance and benefits of soft skills within procurement functions, including Fusion21's own strategy of supporting their staff to achieve CIPS qualifications.

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Hays has now reviewed and updated their careers advice.

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CIPS and Hays launch the 4th Procurement Salary Guide & Insights Survey. For your chance to win £200 (or equivalent) in Amazon vouchers and to input into this increasingly valued annual report, please spend a few minutes responding to our survey questions.

Take part in the survey

The increased earning power of MCIPS

Our Procurement Salary Guide & Insights Report 2017 highlighted that MCIPS professionals earned 22% more than non-MCIPS: an average salary of £54,062 compared to £44, 430. FCIPS professionals also earned more with a salary disparity of 18.5%.

In addition, almost every organisation Hays recruits for in the Public Sector requests MCIPS full membership, or studying towards achieving MCIPS membership as a pre-requisite for their procurement roles.


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CIPS Supply Management Awards 2017

Check out the winners

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Get the most from membership ... update your details

CIPS membership offers so many benefits but to access them all you do need to keep your details in your MyCIPS area up to date. Please visit MyCIPS today and make sure we know how to contact you with the correct resources.

CIPS and the Cabinet Office sign new agreement to support Government commercial capability

CIPS and the Government Commercial Function (GCF), part of the UK Government’s Cabinet Office, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collectively enhance and improve commercial capability across the Civil Service. The MOU sets out intentions to:

  • Establish a senior commercial leaders’ forum for the profession to develop views from industry and key Government commercial capability initiatives

  • Work collaboratively to optimise training and capability improvement programmes both in the GCF and across the Civil Service including building commercial acumen, within the apprenticeship and Faststreamer applied learning programmes.

  • Maintain and promote ethical standards of practice in the profession – to include promotion of CIPS Ethics test and the Civil Service Code

  • Ensure recognition of CIPS global standards across the commercial function including full membership of CIPS i.e. MCIPS and Chartered Status

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Procurement Talent: an Expanding Portfolio

Dr Soroosh Saghiri and Professor Martin Christopher from the Cranfield School of Management talk about the increasingly strategic role of procurement within organisations: an evolution of the profession that require a corresponding evolution in talent and skills.

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The Brexit effect

Our latest survey has looked at the effect of Brexit on various sectors and what procurement professionals have been doing to take advantage of opportunities and mitigate against risk. 32% of respondents who were using EU suppliers were looking for UK replacements, but also around 46% of European businesses were looking to reduce their UK supplier base. A large proportion of procurement professionals were concerned that the UK’s negotiating position was 'weak'.

Read the full story again and download the report with sector results from banking/finance, manufacturing, retail and wholesale, energy and utilities.

• The second Brexit survey to see what has changed in the following months is open now and the results will be release in a few weeks.

Highlights from the CIPS Risk Index, powered by Dun & Bradstreet

  • Western and central Europe’s contribution to global supply chain risk had fallen almost 30% in the second quarter

  • A reduction of risk in France was the biggest factor with five other countries in the region seeing a reduction in risk

  • The new EU trade with Japan was also good news for supply chain risk, with the removal of trade barriers for important sectors such as agriculture and automotive

  • Eastern Europe saw an increase in risk as a result of anti-Government protest

  • The Romanian government tried to reduce anti-corruption legislation.

Read the full story and look out for the Q3 results next month to see how Risk has changed in this quarter.

Australia News: Best in Procurement webinar series launches

At the launch event we were pleased to feature presentations from organisations that had been successful at the recent CIPS Australasia Supply Management Awards.

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Australia on the way to adopt a Modern Slavery Act

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CIPS opens office in Ghana

Building on a long history of association with the profession in Ghana, and encouraged by the appointment of a Minister of Procurement and the focus on improving public sector procurement, CIPS has now opened an office in Accra. This dedicated resource for our members and the procurement community will help build and shape the profession's reputation in the country.

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CIPS 2017 graduation ceremony prize winners

Congratulations to everyone who graduated this year. Progressing your career through CIPS qualifications is a huge commitment so all our achievers should be commended on their hard work and dedication. You can find out about the journey taken by the 2017 prize winners.

Raymond Chan Winner – Winner President’s prize

"I know that I will continue to undertake professional development in support of my career, as well as supplementing this with valuable ‘on the job’ training over the coming years."

Will Butler MCIPS Winner Professional Diploma prize
BCCS Production Senior Buyer - Electrical
Jaguar Land Rover Slovakia

"Procurement is about taking people with you. CIPS gave me more tools to help with this."

Hayley Barritt Winner Advanced Diploma prize
Dechra Pharmaceuticals Manufacturing

"Without studying CIPS I don’t think I would have seen the bigger picture and what procurement can actually achieve. This has made me see my future career differently, and made me realise what I could achieve with my qualifications and experience now."

Caroline Kemunto Mogere - Winner Diploma prize

“I’m a self-study student preparing my for the exams on my own, all the while managing my family and challenging work demands. Since I started studying CIPS qualifications I have made notable contributions to the business, improving the bottom line year-on-year and been able to use examples from my studies into the workplace.”

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