Open for entries early 2019.

The CIPS Supply Management Awards categories are under consideration for next year, but take a look below at the 2018 categories.

The awards are divided into team and individual categories, covering the full breadth of the procurement field, from corporate responsibility through to people development and best supplier relationship.

Best Contribution to Corporate Responsibility

This category encompasses externally focused social, ethical and environmental, sustainability and community initiatives. The judges will look at the role a procurement or supply chain management function has played in safeguarding or enhancing an organisation’s reputation and brand values.


Best Contribution to the Reputation of the Profession

This award is open to individuals, teams or organisations who, through their procurement operations, have demonstrated activities that contribute to the public good. This may be by exhibiting ethical behaviour, philanthropic activity, or enhancing the profession’s reputation.


Best Cross-Functional Teamwork Project

Entries in this category should demonstrate how a procurement or supply chain management team has worked effectively with another team from the same organisation to achieve a mutual goal, for example, for an outsourcing or an offshoring project.


Best People Development Initiative

This category rewards training or development programmes that have substantially raised the understanding and/or skills of the procurement or supply chain management team, and helped to deliver real improvements in performance.


Best Process Improvement Initiative

Entries in this category should focus on how procurement or supply management processes have been upgraded or changed, resulting in demonstrable improvements to business outcomes.


Best Procurement Consultancy Project

This award recognises an organisation that has supported a procurement function or an organisation’s purchasing and supply activity, through the provision of advice, consultation, training, recruitment or another service on a particular purchasing project. The entry should detail how the procurement function was assisted, evidence of the benefits, how this support went beyond what was in the contract and the lasting legacy of the support.


Best Procurement Diversity Initiative - NEW FOR 2018

This category is seeking entries from organisations that have implemented successful diversity and inclusion projects.  This could include procurement-led employee initiatives or supplier diversity projects that have opened up new opportunities for organisations who are diverse in size, ownership or mission.


Best Public Procurement Project

This category is open to all public-sector bodies covered by the European Union procurement directives (or similar regulations). However, projects do not need to have exceeded the thresholds at which tenders must be advertised to qualify for entry.


Best Supplier Relationship Management

This category requires a joint entry by the purchaser and the supplier. In addition to the usual criteria, the entry should explain how the two organisations have worked together and what the benefits have been for both parties, for example capturing innovations, supplier development projects, new product development etc. for mutual benefit.


Best Third Sector/Not-for-profit Procurement Project

This award recognises a procurement project carried out by a charity, voluntary organisation, non-governmental organisation or other third sector body.


International Procurement Project

This category exists to reflect the global nature of procurement and supply chain management. The judges will be looking for evidence of a successful project that involved sourcing activities and/or teamwork stretching beyond the country in which the organisation is headquartered.


Most Improved Procurement Operation – Start Up

Judges will be looking for evidence of success from a procurement and supply chain management function that was established after January 2016. This should be an entirely new department, where no professional purchasing has previously existed. The entry should demonstrate how the new function has benefitted the organisation as a whole through effective management and innovation thereby raising the profile of the profession.


Most Improved Procurement Operation – Step Change

In this category, judges will consider changes that have been made within a more mature procurement or supply chain management function – one established prior to January 2016 and operation at a higher level of effectiveness.


Most Innovative Use of Technology

This category rewards procurement and supply chain teams that have used technology in an innovative way to improve performance or efficiency.


CIPS Young Procurement and Supply Professional of the Year

This award is will be presented to the profession’s ‘one to watch’. Open to MCIPS members, or those studying towards MCIPS, aged 30 or under.

The judges will look for evidence of achievement that is significant and beyond what is normally expected from managers of this age and experience.

The entry should be submitted through a 500-word statement, plus an endorsement from a line manager, director or client. The entry should demonstrate how the entrant has proved themselves to be innovative and adaptable. The impact upon the organisation is more likely to be at an operational or functional rather than strategic level.

As part of the judging process shortlisted entrants will be asked to present their entries via vivas to the judging panel. These are likely to take place July 2018 in London.


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