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CIPS Africa Introduces Broad-based Competency Evaluation for Procurement Practitioners

CIPS 23 August 2012

CIPS Africa Introduces Broad-based Competency Evaluation for Procurement Practitioners

In its continued drive towards the support of the procurement practitioner and the development of the procurement and supply management profession, CIPS Africa is proud to announce its Competency Evaluation service to stakeholders. 

The CIPS Competency Evaluation process defines the competencies required from a procurement practitioner, and then takes all the learning and experience of the procurement practitioner into consideration, using a pre-determined weight-and-value set, to determine the candidate’s procurement competency level to support employers in the recruitment process.  A recent study conducted by the Hackett Group  implies that this process is essential: “business services must do a better job of defining and prioritizing the skills and characteristics that are truly essential for job candidates to have”. 

The CIPS weight-and-value set serves as a general benchmark for organisations to use but a user of the hosted tool, which was specifically designed for this purpose, may load a different weight-and-value set to provide a bespoke weight-and-value set for a particular business, industry, circumstance or environment.  With the CIPS Competency Evaluation the process of identifying the most suitable candidates is simplified and accelerated, so ensuring improved efficiency and efficacy in the recruitment process.

CIPS Africa MD, André Coetzee, said, “We identified the need for a broad-based competency evaluation service some time ago.  One of the major drivers behind this need is the desire to promote the procurement and supply management profession by participating in the recruiting process.  Models used elsewhere were found not to meet all CIPS Africa’s requirements – in particular not enough focus is placed on the candidate.”

CIPS is in the process of discussing co-operation agreements with recruiters, who will use the tool to evaluate the competency of candidate as part of their normal offering to clients.  The tool will also be available (as a hosted advertising platform) to employers who do not use recruiters, or who wish to use the tool for internal benchmarking and career development.  CIPS will commence promoting the program under its close to 5’000 Southern African and 11’500 African members shortly, encouraging them to join the CIPS Database of Procurement Professionals™, which already has in excess of 800 registered members.

Interested parties (recruiters and employers) may contact André Basson at andre.basson@cips.org.za  / +27 82 322 8995 or chantal.olivier@cips.org.za / +27 12 345 6177.

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