CIPS has linked up with the Pharmaceutical Contract Management Group (PCMG) to provide a new academy for procurement professionals in the pharmaceutical sector.
‘I work in procurement for a housing association, and I find I get responses from the same suppliers we have had long relationships with. How can I reach out to new, different vendors?’
A best-practice model for IT procurement allows for a degree of market testing without the burden of running a full competitive tender process, says Simon Scarrott.
Hannah Windram, category manager in National Grid’s global procurement team, has taken home the CIPS President’s Award, presented to the student with the highest aggregate mark at diploma level at this year’s CIPS Graduation at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall.
CIPS members have agreed for the Institute to make a formal submission to Her Majesty’s Privy Council to offer Chartered Procurement and Supply Professional status for suitably qualified and experienced members.
Communication between Congress and students will be a focus for CIPS UK Congress student representative Rhodri Morgan.
CIPS corporate membership can help organisations “remain at the leading edge of procurement”, said John Heenan, deputy head of procurement at NHS South of England Procurement Services (SoEPS), who led on the corporate membership application.
Qatalum (Qatar Aluminium), which was awarded the CIPS Corporate Certification – Standard, said this would allow it to enhance its competitive position by ensuring procurement operates in “a highly efficient manner”.
I am considering moving from the private to the public sector as the government is pushing for a more commercial approach to the procurement service. What would be the main challenges I face if I make the move?