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Met Office receives award for excellence in its procurement processes from the global professional body, The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply

CIPS 8 February 2021

The team at the Met Office proceeded with the assessment during the pandemic, using diverse science and technology disciplines, creating innovative new services for the public, new customers and existing customers such as the UK Civil Aviation Authority. 

The Met Office, as part of the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and industrial Strategy, is at the forefront of weather and climate science for protection, prosperity and wellbeing, and has received a Procurement Excellence Programme award from The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply, the global professional body for supply chain management. Commended at standard level especially for having sound sourcing and contract management processes in place and that procurement was seen as a strategic partner, good collaborator and delivered true value.

The Met office, as a Government agency as a number of customers including the Ministry of Defence (MOD), and Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA), it has an annual spend of £92M with responsibility for categories such as Super Computer, Data Collection, Property Management and Corporate Services.

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 the Met Office proceeded with the assessment during the pandemic, using diverse science and technology disciplines, creating innovative new services for the public, new customers and existing customers such as the UK Civil Aviation Authority. The core suppliers they worked with were also required to be innovative and at the forefront of the latest science and technology.

Alison Wilson Associate Director Commercial from the Met Office said, “Achieving this certification for the third time endorses the quality of the commercial approach at the Met Office and recognises the huge contribution from the team.  As an organisation who procures and sells services this is beneficial to both our stakeholders and customers.”

Alan Martin, Head of Procurement Excellence at CIPS said, “To succeed against such as rigorous assessment and during a worldwide pandemic shows the commitment and resilience of the procurement team who were determined to add true value across the supply chain to new and existing customers alike.

“They provided a well-structured response to the audit as procurement was positioned with the senior leadership team as core to the business. As a result of this hard work, the procurement team have developed stronger links with other teams and actively driving organisation change. I congratulate them on their achievement and look forward to working with them in the future. 

More information about CIPS Procurement Excellence Programme

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Press contacts

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

Grahame Madge, Met Office Senior Press Officer, pressoffice@metoffice.gov.uk; T 0330 135 0005

 

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.  www.cips.org, @CIPSnews.

Met Office

The Met Office is the UK’s National Meteorological Service, providing 24x7 world-renowned scientific excellence in weather, climate and environmental forecasts and severe weather warnings for the protection of life and property. The Met Office has been at the forefront of global weather and climate science for over 160 years www.metoffice.gov.uk.

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