Is the Management Entry Route for me?
We assess applications against all of these competencies:
||finance for procurement
|improving stakeholders delivery
||supply chain analysis
|purpose and direction
|working with others
||assessing / developing people
|supply base analysis
||building winning teams
||project planning and budgeting
||project implementation and control
|customer / client management
||problem solving and analysis
|contract selection and legal
||procurement process management
How to access the Management Entry Route
To access the Management Entry Route, you must first join CIPS as an Affiliate member and submit your MER application along with a copy of your CV and your current job description, organisation chart and line manager’s supporting letter to determine if this is an appropriate route for you to follow.
Assuming this is the case, you must then pay the assessment fee and complete an online questionnaire that is designed to assess your technical and professional competencies and enables us to build an individual profile of your knowledge and experience against the standard for MCIPS. Your results will be benchmarked against data held from more than 9,000 procurement professionals.
Within one week of completing the questionnaire you will be offered a telephone interview date pre-booked at a convenient time to suit your busy schedule. It will take between 60 and 90 minutes and will further explore your expertise. Its content is designed to measure your managerial and technical competencies against our benchmark of 20 areas (listed on page 5 of the brochure). Wiithin four weeks, you will receive detailed feedback on your assessment. You will be either:
- awarded MCIPS
- required to complete a development plan to fill knowledge gaps
- or withdrawn from this route
If a plan has been identified as the appropriate way forward, there will be an additional fee payable which will be advised. The plan should take you as little as three months to complete.
Download a copy of our Management Entry Route brochure