Murphy achieves global award for procurement and supply chain excellence

CIPS 24 October 2019

PEP is a globally-recognised award that demonstrates how well a business is performing with their procurement and supply chain activities. 

Engineering and construction specialists, J. Murphy & Sons Limited (Murphy), has successfully achieved the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) ‘Procurement Excellence Programme’ (PEP) at Standard level.  

PEP is a globally-recognised award that demonstrates how well a business is performing with their procurement and supply chain activities. The award drives regular improvements and highlights how procurement is a key part of an organisation’s business and strategy.

Murphy recently benchmarked their procurement team against the requirements of the Standard level. Then, they identified any skills and capability gaps, which they are working to fill.

The CIPS PEP thoroughly vetted Murphy against five key dimensions: leadership and organisation, strategy and policy, people, processes and systems, and performance management.

Laura Walsh, Supply Chain Manager at Murphy said, “As a direct result of the CIPS PEP, we were able to build upon the strong foundations of an already robust procurement function. As a result of the CIPS PEP we have introduced a procurement policy and intellectual property policy. We also now have clarity between the operational procurement procedure and the strategic procurement procedure”.

Alan Martin, Head of the Procurement Excellence at CIPS said, “It was good to work with a team willing to learn, adapt and change. They challenged their own systems and processes to think in a different way, to meet the requirements of PEP.

“Collaborative working is a key differentiator in teams that are successful. Well done to all involved who pushed to benchmark themselves and their activities against the standard level”.

Ben McCluskey, Head of Group Strategic Procurement at Murphy said, “It is a great achievement for the procurement team and the greater Murphy group.

“We are very proud to be one of the few construction firms in the UK to achieve this Standard. It is a testament to our processes, policies and procedures”.

Murphy now has the capability to effectively identify and measure their performance levels in procurement and supply. This will enhance their staff performance and help with recruitment and performance reviews.

More information about the Procurement Excellence programme is available on the CIPS website:


Notes to Editors:

J. Murphy & Sons Limited is a leading global, specialist engineering and construction company founded in 1951. Murphy provides a wide range of construction services to infrastructure sectors including water, transport, power, natural resources and construction & property. The company directly employs more than 3,500 engineers, professional managers and skilled operatives. Murphy has a number of specialist capabilities such as pipelines, process, marine, tunnelling and piling and invests heavily in its substantial holding of plant, equipment and facilities.

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