In celebration of 20 years of the CIPS Supply Management Awards, we evolved and brought you a new Awards fit for the new decade.
Excellence in Procurement Awards, by CIPS
Procurement and supply is a pivotal function within any organisation, constantly shaping and transforming your business for the better. Procurement excellence in our profession is truly worth celebrating, recognising and rewarding. More than ever, outstanding teams and projects deserve the spotlight.

The Excellence in Procurement Awards fully encompassed, rewarded and honoured the entire procurement and supply chain profession. As well as our new look and name, these Awards saw the introduction of new categories, a simplified entry process and a new downloadable entry guide to make entering even easier!

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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.


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 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 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 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 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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Leader of the Year
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.

This category is not open for entry. The Leader of the Year will be selected, by a small independent panel, from the 2020 Procurement Power List.


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.


Why Enter

With entries judged by some of the leading minds within the sector, winning an Excellence in Procurement Award is the most prestigious recognition an organisation or individual in the profession can receive. 

Here's just a few reasons why you should enter....


Prove that you are the best in the industry - benchmark yourself and beat your competitors.

Motivation and reward

Putting together an entry recognises and celebrates the teams behind your successes. After all, who wouldn't want to be crowned the best in your profession?

Have your work judged by the best

Our prestigious judging panel of industry leaders and influencers will review and determine who is exemplifying best practice and the highest standards the industry can offer.

Showcase your work

If shortlisted your work will be showcased in front of 1000 of the world’s leading procurement and supply professionals on the Awards night, as well as to an audience of 200,000 procurement and supply influencers across both the CIPS and Supply Management channels.

Attract the best talent

Winning an Award will help with recruiting. Potential employees will be more attracted to a company who can prove they are leading the way in their profession.

Increase your credibility

Whilst also endorsing your company’s brand, proving you, your team and your company stand out from the crowd.


Vodafone Procurement Group

"The external validation that winning the award gave us, helped us to promote the work of our team within the business and, when speaking to external parties, helped us to reinforce our credibility and reputation."

Procurement Transformation, 2019 Winner


"The colleagues in Procurement and wider Barclays have not only felt a sense of pride through winning the award but it has set a bar of best-in-class which drives a high-standard on all of our activity."

Diversity and Inclusion, 2019 Winner

J Sainsbury

"To see our success recognised by CIPS has been very motivating and inspiring for all the team. The response from our internal stakeholders and supply base has been very positive, many acknowledging how well we deserved such an award."

Procurement Team of the Year - Large Organisation, 2019 Winner

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