Excellence in Procurement Awards 2021


About the Awards
The CIPS Excellence in Procurement Awards are an opportunity to showcase and celebrate the best work and teams in the Procurement profession. 

2020 has certainly highlighted how procurement and supply is a pivotal function within any organisation, constantly shaping and transforming your business for the better. After such challenges, now more than ever is the time to celebrate, recognise and reward the hard work and determination of your procurement teams and individuals. 

We are looking for innovative, engaging, and inspirational submissions and we know you have many success stories to tell.

Our judging panel of experts in the procurement profession will review and determine which entries are demonstrating best practise and highest standards the profession can offer. 

Good luck with your entries!

Key information


Key dates

Open for entries:
Tuesday 26 January 2021

Early bird entry deadline: 
Thursday 25 March 2021

Standard entry deadline: 
Thursday 22 April 2021

Shortlist announcement: 
June 2021

Awards celebrations:
Wednesday 22 September 2021

Entry prices

Team Categories
Early Bird Entry Fee: £160

Standard Entry Deadline Fee: £210

Young Talent Award
Early Bird Entry Deadline Fee: £60

Standard Entry Deadline Fee: £110



*Prices are per entry and exclusive of VAT

Contact details

General enquiries
+44 (0) 20 8267 4164

Sponsorship enquiries
+44 (0) 20 8267 4965

Categories


Best Sustainability Project of the Year
Recognising social, environmental and responsible procurement projects.

This category encompasses social, environmental and responsible procurement projects. These can be either procurement-led or organisation-led initiatives, but must evidence the specific procurement or supply chain role in the project’s success.

 

Best Initiative to Deliver Social Value through Procurement
Recognising procurement projects that deliver significant social value outputs.

This category is open to both public and private sector organisations that are using innovative sourcing and contracting initiatives to deliver social value.

 

Best Initiative to Build a Diverse Supplier Base
Recognising supplier diversity excellence.

This category is for organisations that have implemented successful supplier diversity projects that have unlocked innovation and strategic business results, as well as opening up opportunities for organisations that are diverse in size, ownership or mission.

 

Best Practice in Supply Chain Integration
Recognising excellence in strategic supply chain integration.

This category rewards procurement teams who have successfully implemented innovative supply chain solution improvements, for example improved supply chain visibility or greater integration with the business.

 

Public Procurement Project of the Year
Recognising public sector procurement excellence.

This category is open to all public sector bodies and rewards projects that demonstrate how procurement has successfully managed public sector specific challenges or opportunities.

 

Global Sourcing Project of the Year
Recognising competitive advantage through global sourcing.

This category rewards innovative global sourcing or multi-shoring projects that deliver competitive advantage and exploit market opportunities whilst mitigating supply chain risks.

 

Best Supplier Relationship Management Initiative
Recognising collaborative SRM projects.

This category can include specific supplier relationship projects or an overarching SRM strategy development project and should demonstrate the processes and mechanisms that the procurement team and supplier have put in place to work together on a successful project. Examples may be supplier development projects, new product development or innovation projects. Joint entries with suppliers are encouraged.

 

Procurement Consultancy Project of the Year
Recognising successful procurement consultancy projects.

This category is open to both procurement teams and consultancy firms who have delivered strategic business improvement projects. Submissions must be case study-led demonstrating how the consultancy firm delivered procurement excellence.

 

Best Use of Digital Technology
Recognising innovative technology projects that deliver significant results.

This category is open to procurement or supply chain teams showcasing successful technology projects that have made significant business impact. Technology providers may also enter case study-led projects where they have worked in partnership with the procurement organisation.

 

Best Approach to Risk Mitigation
Recognising excellence in supply chain risk management.

This category rewards teams who have successfully managed business risk in order to safeguard their organisations against cost or reputational damage, or mitigated risk within the business or supply chain to gain competitive advantage.

 

Outstanding People Development Programme
Recognising excellence in professional procurement capability development.

This category rewards training or development programmes that have substantially raised the capability and influence of the procurement or supply chain team, leading to improved performance, results and business integration. Judges are looking for programmes that develop teams beyond traditional, technical procurement skills.

 

Best Collaborative Teamwork Project
Recognising successful cross-functional teamwork projects.

This category rewards procurement teams who have implemented successful projects, for example a sourcing project or business process improvement initiative, working collaboratively with internal teams or departments.

 

Outstanding Diversity and Inclusion Practices in Procurement Teams
Recognising diversity in procurement and supply chain teams.

This category rewards procurement teams who have integrated D&I developing a culture and embedding practices that allow the most skilled and talented people to succeed regardless of age, gender, race, physical abilities or sexual orientation.

 

Best Procurement Transformation Programme
Recognising procurement transformation projects.

This category is for transformation or large scale business process improvement projects that have resulted in improved business outcomes or increased competitive advantage. Projects can be procurement–led or wider organisational projects, but they must explicitly explain procurements’ role and influence on delivering the outcomes.

 

Best response to supply chain resilience in a crisis
Recognising excellence in supply chain resilience and business continuity in response to Covid-19.
This category rewards teams who adapted to the Covid-19 crisis to protect their organisations and supply chains by putting plans in place and switching operations/suppliers/routes to market etc. Entries can also include projects where lessons have been learned and more robust business continuity plans have been put in place.

 

Procurement Team of the Year – Large Organisation
Recognising high performing procurement teams.

This category rewards procurement teams who have made significant improvements to their performance and culture resulting in increased effectiveness, influence, efficiencies, savings or competitive advantage.

Open to organisations with a turnover of £500m and over.

 

Procurement Team of the Year – Small Organisation
Recognising high performing procurement teams.

This category rewards procurement teams who have made significant improvements to their performance and culture resulting in increased effectiveness, influence, efficiencies, savings or competitive advantage.

Open to organisations with a turnover of under £500m.

 

Young Talent
Recognising the most influential up and coming procurement talent.

This award will be presented to the profession's ‘one to watch’ and is 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.

 

Leader of the Year (not open for entry)
Recognising the most influential procurement leader.

This award recognises the most influential procurement leader who is pushing procurement and supply strategy forward and making a positive contribution to the reputation of the profession, through the value they deliver to their own organisations and the work they do to raise the profile of the profession more widely.

 

Best in Procurement Case Studies


Showcasing the case studies which secured organisations their trophies at last year's CIPS Excellence in Procurement Awards. You will find case studies from winning projects, hints and tips to creating a winning entry, and what makes the CIPS Excellence in Procurement Awards so special.

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