News — CIPS Procurement Excellence Programme – Silver Award for MOJ

The CIPS Procurement Excellence Programme is a globally recognised award for performance improvement, and more than 300 organisations worldwide have achieved an award through it. Joining that number for the second time is the UK’s Ministry of Justice.

The Procurement Excellence Programme works by reviewing your organisation’s procurement and supplier management procedures and highlighting where improvements and efficiencies can be made. There are various levels of award - the Standard programme is about ‘what’ you do and verifies that robust and effective governance is in place. The Advanced programme is about ‘how well’ you do it, and there are three levels within that to demonstrate how well a procurement function is growing in influence, has the control to accelerate procurement performance and change, and deliver value – Silver signifies a proactive business supporter; Gold, a strategic value adder; Platinum, a strategic value creator. There are five ‘dimensions’ under assessment common to every business, regardless of sector or market: leadership and management, strategy and policy, people, processes and systems, and performance management.

It is the Advanced-level Silver Award that the MOJ has attained. This comes just two years after Supply Management reported on a “Damning verdict for Ministry of Justice,” where it highlighted how this, and other government departments, had received a traffic light rating from green to red, following an ongoing performance assessment of the OGC covering procurement’s leadership, skills and systems. So this is especially welcome news and kudos for one of the largest UK government departments.

The press release states: “After their award for standard level in 2013, the Commercial and Contract Management Directorate (CCMD) within the Ministry of Justice has continued to improve and develop its function towards advanced level standards,” and that the team has “also embedded new practices at gold level showing a higher level of competence in some areas and in readiness for future, higher level awards.” The Chief Commercial Officer for the Ministry of Justice said: “The MOJ has faced its contract and procurement challenges head-on and implemented processes to make improvements and efficiencies throughout ...”

So we’ll watch with interest what the department achieves in the next two years.

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