CIPS Studies enabled “me to become a more effective and credible procurement professional”, said one of four prize winners at the Institute’s annual graduation ceremony at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall.
Joanne Tracey, receiving the Advanced Diploma Prize, said that through “each level of my CIPS studies I have been able to apply key elements of the learning within my day job”.
“It’s not been an easy journey and a lot of stress and tension has been felt, but it is good to know the hard work pays off and I hope to complete my studies and achieve my MCIPS accreditation later this year,” she added.
Tracey, who currently works for BAE Systems Military Air and Information within the international industrial participation team, added she had applied herself “fully at every level and sacrificed personal time and effort to give myself the best possible chance of success”.
Graduate Diploma Prize winner Louisa Hambi, strategic sourcing specialist at KPMG, began working in procurement in October 2011 when she joined McLaren Technology Group on a two-year graduate programme.
She achieved her diploma in 10 months, with weekly classes at a college.
“I highly recommend this study path, as being in a classroom environment means learning is more interactive and it allows you to discuss key topics with other students and tutors who have their own professional experiences to draw on,” she said.
Professional Diploma Prize winner Heidi Pawlin undertook her studies through the Welsh Government and found it “a fantastic opportunity to meet colleagues across the public sector and gain a better understanding of different challenges”.
Currently studying an MSc in Strategic Procurement Management, she is a senior procurement specialist at Natural Resources Wales.
The winner of the CIPS President’s Award, Bengan Manwere, is CPO for the Gauteng Provincial Government’s capacity building agency for the Department of Education in South Africa. He began his CIPS studies with a level 4 diploma in 2013.