Laing O’Rourke receives award for excellence in its procurement processes from the global professional body, The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply

CIPS 10 December 2020

CIPS congratulates Laing O’Rourke on their award process 

Laing O’Rourke, one of the top ten construction companies in the UK has received a Procurement Excellence Programme award from The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply, the global professional body for supply chain management. The company was commended at standard level for its senior management and cross organisational interaction between departments and teams and for highlighting the procurement team as core to the commercial aspects of the business.

Laing O’Rourke funds, designs, manufactures, constructs and maintains the built environment – providing the facilities to accommodate, educate, employ, transport, care for and sustain communities.

PEP is a globally-recognised award presented to those organisations demonstrating excellence in their procurement and supply chain activities. The award drives regular improvements, value across supply chains and highlights procurement’s role as a fundamental part of an organisation’s strategy and effectiveness.

The team at Laing O’Rourke started the award process just as the worldwide pandemic hit, shining a spotlight on the resilience of the procurement team and using the audit to build a stronger team. The process enabled team members to expand their knowledge and skills, and understand the needs of their business. 

Carol Williams, Head of Procurement at Laing O’Rourke explained why achieving this standard is so significant: “As a procurement function we are responsible for more than £1.2 billion-of annual procurement in our Europe Hub, with 60-70 per cent of our work through supply chain management. 

“Achieving this standard is backing from our professional body that we have the right people, with the right professional competencies, processes and procedures in place. Many of our infrastructure clients have attained the same standard, so this demonstrates that we are aligned in our procurement standards. Our excellence in Supply Chain Management delivers value for all of our Clients.”

Alan Martin, Head of Procurement Excellence at CIPS said, “The procurement team at Laing O’Rourke could not have had a tougher environment to start the programme given all the challenges they had to keep daily operations functioning, staff taking exams and meeting the needs of PEP.

 “They had very clear and professionally-based business objectives to understand their procurement needs and used PEP to create greater alignment with those goals. I congratulate the team wholeheartedly and wish them success in their continuing improvement journey.”

For more information about CIPS Procurement Excellence Programme



Press contacts

Trudy Salandiak, CIPS Public Relations Manager; T +44 (0)1780 761576; M +44(0)7554400731 

Laing O’Rourke:; T +44(0)1322 296445


About the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply:

The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) is the leading international body representing purchasing and supply management professionals and has over 70,000 members in 150 countries.  It is the worldwide centre of excellence on purchasing and supply management issues. The activities of procurement and supply chain professionals have a major impact on the profitability and efficiency of all types of organisations. CIPS offers corporate solutions packages to improve business profitability., @CIPSnews.

About Laing O’Rourke:

Through its operations around the world, across building and infrastructure sectors, Laing O’Rourke’s 2025 mission will see the business secure its position as the recognised leader for innovation and excellence in the construction industry.

With a heritage that draws on 170 years’ experience and a diverse group of vertically integrated businesses, Laing O’Rourke has helped forge cities, communities and economies.

We attract and develop the very best people. Our people across the UK, Australia, the Middle East and South-East Asia deliver engineering innovation, project leadership and certainty for our clients on the world’s most complex and challenging buildings and infrastructure. @laing_orourke


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