Procurecon 2019

15 - 17 October, 2019

NH Tower, Barcelona

44 (0) 207 368 9465


The CIPS Supply Management Awards Europe feature 12 categories plus the overall winner.

The awards are divided into 10 team and 2 individual categories, covering the full breadth of the procurement field, from corporate responsibility through to people development and best supplier relationship.

Best Contribution to Corporate Responsibility

This category encompasses externally focused social, ethical and environmental, sustainability and community initiatives. The judges will look at the role a procurement or supply chain management function has played in safeguarding or enhancing an organisation’s reputation and brand values

*NEW* Best Cross-Functional Teamwork Project

Entries in this category should demonstrate how a procurement or supply chain management team has worked effectively with another team from the same organisation to achieve a mutual goal, for example, for an outsourcing or an offshoring project

Best People Development Initiative

This category rewards training or development programmes that have substantially raised the understanding and/or skills of the procurement or supply chain management team, and helped to deliver real improvements in performance

Best Process Improvement Initiative

Entries in this category should focus on how procurement or supply management processes have been upgraded or changed, resulting in demonstrable improvements to business outcomes

Best Procurement Consultancy Project

This award recognises an organisation that has supported a procurement function or an organisation’s purchasing and supply activity, through the provision of advice, consultation, training, recruitment or another service on a particular purchasing project. The entry should detail how the procurement function was assisted, evidence of the benefits, how this support went beyond what was in the contract and the lasting legacy of the support

*NEW* Best Procurement Diversity Initiative

This category is seeking entries from organisations that have implemented successful diversity and inclusion projects. This could include procurement-led employee initiatives or supplier diversity projects that have opened up new opportunities for organisations who are diverse in size, ownership or mission

Best Supplier Relationship Management

This category requires a joint entry by the purchaser and the supplier. In addition to the usual criteria, the entry should explain how the two organisations have worked together and what the benefits have been for both parties, for example capturing innovations, supplier development projects, new product development etc. for mutual benefit

Most Improved Procurement Operation – Start Up

Judges will be looking for evidence of success from a procurement and supply chain management function that was established after January 2016. This should be an entirely new department, where no professional purchasing has previously existed. The entry should demonstrate how the new function has benefitted the organisation as a whole through effective management and innovation thereby raising the profile of the profession

Most Improved Procurement Operation – Step Change

In this category, judges will consider changes that have been made within a more mature procurement or supply chain management function – one established prior to January 2016 and operation at a higher level of effectiveness

Most Innovative Use of Technology

This category rewards procurement and supply chain teams that have used technology in an innovative way to improve performance or efficiency.

CIPS Young Procurement and Supply Professional of the Year

This award is will be presented to the profession’s ‘one to watch’. Open to all procurement professionals aged 35 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. The entry should be submitted through a 500-word statement and should demonstrate how the entrant has proved themselves to be innovative and adaptable. The impact upon the organisation is more likely to be at an operational or functional rather than strategic level.

CIPS Procurement and Supply Professional of the Year

Open to all procurement professionals, the entry should successfully demonstrate how the individual has made a significant contribution, both in terms of thinking and implementing a key strategic procurement or supply chain management initiative, within their organisation. The entry should be submitted through a 500-word statement and should demonstrate how the entrant has raised the profile of the profession in Europe during their career.

Overall Winner – CIPS Procurement and Supply Chain Team of the Year (not open for nomination)

An award will also be presented to the overall winner from the team categories at the Chair of Judges discretion.

*By submitting your entry your details will be shared with CIPS for judging purposes