Procurement excellence was on display in Canberra on Tuesday, 8 March, as the CIPS ACT Regional Committee held its first event of 2016.
Hosted at the ANU Commons with the support of Grosvenor, nearly 30 professionals attended the lunchtime function, during which industry experts showcased some leading insights into what best practice procurement looks like.
L-R: Attendee Usha Naidu with speakers Teresa Scott and Peter Macfarlane
Grosvenor’s Managing Director, Peter Macfarlane, was first to present to the audience, expanding on the findings of their two most recent Australasian Chief Procurement Officer studies. Peter highlighted the benchmarks senior leaders around the region have observed in relation to procurement efficiency and effectiveness.
Following Peter, it was time for Teresa Scott to provide a case study on the Australasian Procurement and Construction Council’s (APCC) successful entry at the 2015 CIPS Supply Management Awards.
Serving as the Council’s Executive Director, Teresa talked about the initiatives that saw the APCC be recognised as providing the ‘Best Contribution to the Reputation of Procurement’ at last year’s Awards.
Teresa also provided some tips and tricks on how to prepare a winning submission that best articulates the success of a team project ahead of the 2016 CIPS Supply Management Awards deadline on Friday, 29 April.
CIPS ACT Committee Chair, Jane Wagner, made note that the region was typically modest when speaking of its procurement achievement; as such, she encouraged local practitioners to put forth nominations – for projects that have generated significant benefits to the organisation over the past 12 months – at the upcoming Supply Management Award.
With the presentations completed and the attendees’ appetite for knowledge quelled, the time had come to combat the physical hunger as the crowd enjoyed some delicious sandwiches while networking with fellow professionals.
With the first event for 2016 a success, the ACT Committee has already begun preparations for the next regional offering in Canberra.