About the client
Sellafield Ltd (SL) is one of several Site Licence Companies under contract to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. It has more than 10,000 employees; an annual budget of £1.5Bn and an annual supply chain spend of £800M with 1,300 supplier organisations
Background to the process
The aim was to raise professional standards as a key enabler to business success through voluntary engagement of commercial staff – no arm-twisting!
The training was focused on addressing personal development needs, identified through prior assessment [undertaken by CIPS], and key strategic commercial business needs
The output of the training was to identify and drive through business improvement opportunities through project work – this was an integral part of the CIPS syllabus and directed at potential improvement areas agreed with Sellafield senior management – results were called for!
How did CIPS help?
By delivering value - CIPS training on company time and using company resources demonstrated commitment to and belief in our staff and encouraged them in rapidly achieving personal goals of mutual benefit to themselves and the business at optimal value for money when compared to slower / more costly distance learning / college based methods
Staff interest exceeded expectations leading to two Advanced Practitioner courses and one Practitioner course running at optimum attendance & efficiency.
32 commercial staff achieved Advanced Practitioner status, leading to full membership of the Institute, a further 7 commercial staff have achieved Practitioner status leading to associate membership of the Institute.
CIPS qualified commercial staff population increased from 12% to 51% as a consequence of the programme.
More staff wish to take part in the future
There were many tangible benefits and improvements for the company of which the following are just a few:
• smarter procurement of electric motors
• procurement strategy for 3m3 boxes
• automation of service POs from creation to payment
• delivery of the sustainable procurement agenda
• improved use of cost norms for better quality design estimates
• self billing and e-catalogues
• commercial off the shelf solutions at Sellafield
• predictability and annualisation of funding and its impact on the supply chain
• supply chain mapping to understand risk dependency and how VFM is being achieved
• improving the decommissioning frameworks through focussed supply chain management
• options for the acquisition of high value strategic spares