The 2023 Winners have been announced!

Congratulations to our winners, highly commended and finalists.

The CIPS Excellence in Procurement Awards are an opportunity to showcase and celebrate the best work and teams in the procurement profession. The Awards are respected as a benchmark for excellence and winning is one of the most prestigious recognitions an organisation or individual in the profession can receive.

The industry came together at JW Marriott Grosvenor House on Park Lane, London on Wednesday 20 September to celebrate the very best of the procurement profession.

With over 1000 industry leaders in the room we crowned the best projects, teams and individuals over the past twelve months. Register your interest to be the very first to hear about the 2024 awards!

Huge congratulations to all our winners in this year’s awards, and thanks also to all the shortlisted companies and individuals who helped make the awards a great success.

We have some hugely dedicated professionals and teams in this profession, working hard on key issues and showcasing what procurement and supply can achieve for organisations and economies around the world. Please take a look at the winning entries, they are some fantastic examples of what our profession is delivering in an ever changing and challenging world.

Nick Welby, CEO, CIPS


Team Categories

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 organisation’s operations and supply chain against cost or reputational damage, availability and security of supply or to gain competitive advantage.

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.

Best Commitment To Carbon Reduction In Supply Chains *NEW*

Recognising the impact of carbon reduction projects

This category rewards entries from organisations who are committed to reducing the carbon impact of their organisations and supply chains.  The judges are looking for ambitious goals that are achievable and demonstrating tangible, measurable progress towards a net zero future.

Best Initiative To Build A Diverse Supply 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 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 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.

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 Supplier Relationship Management Initiative

Recognising collaborative Supplier Relationship Management (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.

Best Sustainability Project Of The Year

Recognising social, environmental and responsible procurement projects.

This category encompasses environmental, social and governance (ESG) 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. We welcome entries from all aspects of sustainability from modern slavery and human rights, climate change and energy conservation through to community and regeneration projects.

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. The name of the client/s must be disclosed in all entries.

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.

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.

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. The name of the client/s must be disclosed in all entries.

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.

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 fewer than 250 employees and/or with a turnover of under £500m.

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.

Individual Categories

Sustainable Procurement Champion *NEW*

In partnership with  

This award recognises individuals who are driving sustainability leadership in their organisation, as well as making an inspirational impact in the wider profession and pushing the dial on the sustainability agenda.

Our judging panel will undertake the first round of judging in this category to determine the shortlist. The shortlisted entries will then be put to a public vote from the procurement community to determine the winner.

In partnership with

Leader Of The Year

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 procurement professionals aged 30 or under as of January 2023. The judges will look for evidence of achievement that is significant and beyond what is normally expected from managers of this age and experience.



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