Oh darlings, it’s not for me, it’s for my wonderful team…

Only a few short years ago, if someone had mentioned awards to a procurement colleague, you would have looked at them and said, “what, you mean my £100 voucher from the boss to thank me for 10 years of dedicated service”?

But now, everywhere you look in the procurement world, there are awards, awards and more awards...

So rounding up and updating.. entries are now open for what we now should call the Grand-daddy of the procurement award world, the CIPS SM Awards (sponsored by BravoSolution).  There are 9 team and 2 individual categories, entries must be in by April 13th, and the final results will be disclosed at the Awards Dinner at the Grosvenor House hotel on September 12th – that’s always an excellent evening .

Then we have the Procurement Leaders Awards, announced at The Brewery in London on May 21st. The short-lists for their categories were recently announced, and you can see them here. Well done to everyone who has got this far – both the CIPS and Procurement Leaders awards are very hotly contested these days, so it is a real achievement getting shortlisted, never mind winning!

Finally, we have the new kid on the block. IIAPS* – the International Institute for Advanced Purchasing and Supply – has launched the Asian Supply Chain Excellence Awards. The six awards “recognize advanced, outstanding and innovative approaches in purchasing, logistics and supply chain management in Asia, and it is the first truly Pan-Asian competition in our professional area. The awarding committee demonstrates this Pan-Asian competence, with a blend of experts from all relevant countries and cultures”.

There is more here, and this looks like a smart move from IIAPS given the way procurement is growing in importance and focus in Asia, and of course the general economic situation there.

Don’t under-estimate the effort you need to put in to develop a strong award entry, but it’s not a bad discipline in itself to lay out your notable achievements clearly for an external audience.  And it’s a good way of creating some “buzz” and excitement within the procurement team – particularly if you get as far as the final event. Good luck!

* IIAPS, founded by Professor Andrew Cox, is the “not-for-profit organization that aims to raise standards in the Purchasing & Supply Chain Management Professions by providing benchmarking and competence assessment and development tools for organizations and individuals”.

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