The winners of the prestigious awards were revealed at a gala evening at the Park Hyatt hotel in Melbourne last night.
The New Zealand power company, which also won the Best Cross-Functional Teamwork Project award, were praised by judges for the way they set up a AUS$20 million a year integrated services contract covering maintenance and support over a number of sites.
The deal whittled 80 suppliers down to two and produced annual savings of AUS$3.5 million.
“Although the aims and objectives, planning and execution, innovation, creativity, best practices and benefits achieved were outstanding in their own right, the fundamental key to the success was the cross-functional teamwork,” said the judges.
Kelly Irwin picked up the CIPS Procurement and Supply Chain Management Professional of the Year title for her work as head of procurement at Holcim Australia and New Zealand.
Judges praised her work in transforming what was once referred to as the “complaints department”, comprising four people, into a centralised function with more than 40 staff managing AUS$1 billion of spend.
“Her ability to create high performing teams and engage and influence stakeholders through demonstrated benefits has resulted in significant buy-in throughout the organisation,” said the judges.
Meanwhile Georgia Brandi, category lead for assets and projects at Newcrest Mining, was named CIPS Young Procurement and Supply Chain Management Professional of the Year.
“In her short career Georgia has both excelled in her role at Newcrest Mining and her contribution to the procurement profession is beyond her age and experience,” said the judges.
Full list of winners
Best Cross-Functional Teamwork Project Genesis Energy
Best Contribution to the Reputation of Procurement Australasian Procurement and Construction Council
Best People Development Initiative Rio Tinto
Best Process Improvement Initiative Stockland
Best Public Procurement Project Department for Communities and Social Inclusion, South Australia
Best Supplier Relationship Management Land Information New Zealand and Boffa Miskell
Most Improved Procurement Operation – Start up Mercer
Most Improved Procurement Operation – Step change Telstra
Procurement and Supply Chain Management Professional of the Year Kelly Irwin, Holcim
Young Procurement and Supply Chain Management Professional of the Year Georgia Brandi, Newcrest Mining
Overall winner Genesis Energy