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Ministry of Justice achieves silver award at advanced level from CIPS recognising procurement excellence

CIPS 15 January 2019

"The MOJ has faced its contract and procurement challenges head-on..."

The Ministry of Justice (MOJ), one of the largest UK government departments with a significant third party spend has been recognised for procurement excellence by The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS).

The MOJ is responsible for the delivery of justice in the UK, with a remit that covers legal policy, courts, prisons and probation. After their award for standard level in 2013, the Commercial and Contract Management Directorate (CCMD) within the Ministry of Justice has continued to improve and develop its function towards advanced level standards.

CCMD provide commercial expertise to the MOJ in support of the 2015-2020 Single Departmental Plan. This identifies the Ministry’s key strategic objectives and provides a revised target operating model which includes - increased commercial and leadership capabilities, increased category management approach, and enhanced post-contract performance management processes and capabilities. But not only did the team achieve the silver award, they had also embedded new practices at gold level showing a higher level of competence in some areas and in readiness for future, higher level awards.

The Procurement Excellence Programme is a globally-recognised award demonstrating how well organisations are performing with their procurement and supply chain activities. The award drives regular improvements, building a competitive edge and highlighting procurement’s role as a fundamental part of an organisation’s business and strategy.

Barry Hooper, Chief Commercial Officer for the Ministry of Justice said: “The MOJ has faced its contract and procurement challenges head-on and implemented processes to make improvements and efficiencies throughout. Having invested in Commercial Capability as part of the wider Government Programme and greater collaboration across other Whitehall departments, we have made great strides in ensuring that we are supporting the delivery of justice in the UK.”

“The CIPS programme has provided a structure and baseline from which we can measure improvements in our operations in the full knowledge that we are being assessed by a leading global organisation to international standards. I commend the team for working so hard to make this award happen.” 

Alan Martin, CIPS Head of the Procurement Excellence Programme said, “The team perform a very important role in the department, so it’s gratifying that they have taken the time and energy to go through what is a rigorous and challenging programme.

“I wish them every success and hope to see them achieve the gold standard soon.”

More information about CIPS Procurement Excellence Programme

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