The CIPS Middle East Conference and Supply Management Awards 2020 on 30 June 2020 at Rosewood Abu Dhabi has been postponed - new event format or dates to be announced.

CIPS and Haymarket Media Group (who deliver events on behalf of the CIPS) have been closely monitoring the situation with regard to Coronavirus on a daily basis and the welfare of our delegates is always front of mind.

In this instance, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the event to the nearest suitable opportunity in the future or to present this as an online, virtual event.

We have not made this decision lightly but we want to ensure we can provide the best experience possible for attendees. If you have booked on the event your booking will be automatically confirmed for the revised date, or event format, which will be announced as soon as possible.   Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused and we thank you for your continued support. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Team Categories

Ethical Procurement

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.

Collaborative Teamwork

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.

Public Procurement

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.

Technology Innovation

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.

Supplier Relationship Management

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.

Diversity and Inclusion

Recognising diversity in procurement teams.

This category rewards procurement teams who have integrated D&I into their recruitment and/or learning and development programmes, to embed a culture and leading a team that allows the most skilled and talented people to succeed regardless of gender, race, physical abilities or sexual orientation.

Procurement Consultancy

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.

Supplier Diversity

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.

Procurement Transformation

Recognising large scale procurement transformation projects.

This category is for large scale transformation or 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.

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.

People Development

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.

Global Sourcing

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.

Procurement Team of the Year

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.

Individual Categories

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 and supply professionals 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.

The entry should be submitted through a 500-word statement, plus endorsements from a line manager, director and or client. If shortlisted the individual will be asked to conduct a 30 minute telephone interview with the judges which will take place week commencing 29 March.

Leader of the Year

Recognising the most influential procurement leaders.

This award is presented each year to the profession’s leading procurement and supply chain professional.

This award is open to senior procurement practitioners and entries should successfully demonstrate how the individual has made a significant contribution, both in terms of thinking and implementing key strategic procurement or supply chain management initiatives, within their organisation. The entry should also demonstrate how the entrant has raised the profile of the profession during their career.

The entry should be submitted through a 500-word statement, plus endorsements from a line manager, director and or client. If shortlisted the individual will be asked to conduct a 30 minute telephone interview with the judges which will take place week commencing 29 March.