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.

Our judging panel of experts in the procurement profession have decided which entries demonstrate best practice and the highest standards the profession can offer.


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

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.  Leader of the Year will be selected, by a small independent panel, from the 2023 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 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.


Important dates for your diary

Key Dates:

Early Bird Deadline
Thursday 23 March 

Standard Deadline
Thursday 20 April 

Late Deadline
Thursday 27 April 

Key Dates:

Shortlist Announcement
Thursday 15 June

Wednesday 20 September*
*Dinner tickets will be on sale from June


Prices for 2023

Pricing for Members:

Team Categories - £225 

Individual Categories - £112.50

Pricing for Non-Members:

Team Categories - £270 

Individual Categories - £135

Entries submitted after the Early Bird deadline until the Standard Deadline (Thursday 20 April) will be subject to an
additional £100 per entry. 

Entries submitted after the Standard Deadline until the Late Deadline (Thursday 27 April) will be subject to a further £100 per entry.

Price per entry. Prices listed exclude VAT.




Best in Class

Prove that you are the best. Celebrating the strengths in your projects and showcasing exceptional work, not only strengthens your organisation, but develops the profession as a whole.


Motivation and Reward

Being shortlisted alone puts big smiles on people's faces. Good work always requires hard work, and entering will let your employees know you recognise and value those efforts. It brings together and motivates the team to encourage innovative thinking.


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


Showcase your work

If shortlisted your work will be showcased on the awards website and during the awards presentation, 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 the procurement profession.

Increase your credibility

An Excellence in Procurement Award recognises projects that have met business objectives as well as endorses your company’s brand, proving you, your team and your company stand out from the crowd.


Three simple steps to get involved

The Entry Kit

It has all the information you need including our criteria and key dates.

Register Your Interest

Using our dedicated entry platform. You will be able to log in and make changes up until the deadline.

Submit Your Entry

By the required deadline. You will be able to find these on the information section of the site and in the entry kit.


Showcasing the case studies which secured organisations their trophies at previous 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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