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Global Standard for Procurement and Supply

Global standard online toolUsed by individuals and organisations to enhance performance, the Global Standard in Procurement and Supply sets the benchmark for what good looks like in procurement and supply at all levels and across all sectors.

It helps individuals to identify current operating skills and abilities and what is needed to progress.

Organisations of all types can benchmark their procurement professionals against the competencies in the Standard and identify any skills and capability gaps.

The CIPS Corporate Award Programme has been fully aligned to the Global Standard ensuring that the right knowledge and capabilities required at both Practitioner and Advanced Practitioner Levels have been identified.

Building on the original work of the first Standard, the 2015 annual review has led to introducing new content as well as updating current content. The review panel consisted of practitioners and academics representing the diverse sectors from across the world so that it remains relevant to the global procurement community. A full list of the changes is available to download.

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How it works

Developing and planning your professional development journey couldn't be easier.

 

Step 1 - Choose you level of competency

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Step 2 - Choose a theme. These represent the essential areas for effective procurement and supply

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Step 3 - Choose a segment. Drill down into the knowledge and capabilities required at the relevant level for you now and where you want to be.

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Step 4 - Review your chosen segment, download a copy for later and follow the related links to CIPS knowlege, tools and resources to help fill your knowledge and skills gaps.

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Benefits

Based on extensive research with around 5000 procurement and supply professionals the interactive tool allows users to find details of the knowledge and capability levels required at each level of competency from tactical to advanced professional.

To help you to understand how the Standard can apply to you and your organisation we've created some example Case Studies.

 

Enhance organisational performance

The Standard will help to produce a detailed analysis of what needs to be in your procurement plan and, by benchmarking your procurement professionals against the competencies, identifies gaps in team capability and corresponding development needs. It therefore enables you to:

  • Deliver a cost effective procurement team development plan
  • Put in place targeted training and development to plug gaps and meet organisational needs
  • Build a team of well-trained and motivated staff
  • Provide objective and measurable evidence of effective management in the procurement function to stakeholders
  • Influence and improve ethical practices in the supply chain through implementing ethical procurement policies and practices across your organisation.

 

Case Study – Enhancing organisational performance

 

Improve personal performance

Identify the level you are currently operating at, and the skills and abilities you need to move onto the next stage of your career; particularly useful during appraisals.

It enables you to:

  • Develop and agree a personal development plan to address the gaps identified in your capabilities
  • Implement the plan, including training, job shadowing and mentoring opportunities
  • Continue to monitor your progress against the plan, by referring back to the Standard to assess improvement.

 

Case Study - Enhancing personal performance

Case studies

Jane Hutt FCIPS, Finance and Government Business Minister in the Welsh Assembly who has recently been awarded Honorary Fellowship in recognition of her role in driving change in public procurement commented, “In Wales we have been developing a competency framework to help public purchasers to identify the skills they need to do their jobs better and the ones they need for future roles.

“The introduction of the CIPS Global standard is therefore very timely and enables us to link much of our work to standards set internationally by the professional body for procurement staff.”

Use the sample case studies and example job designs as a guide to your own development or that of your team members.  Each is relevant and applicable to procurement and supply professionals globally, working for organisations of all shapes and sizes in all sectors.  There are also references to the relevant segments of the standard that identify what a professional must do to progress from one competency to another by filling any gaps in skills and gap capabilities.

 

Case studies

Enhancing organisational performance

Enhancing personal performance and career progression prospects

Enhancing procurement knowledge and capabilities for non-procurement professionals in SMEs

 

Job roles

Tactical Managerial Advanced professional
Procurement Administrator Senior Buyer Group Procurement Director

Access

Access the interactive tool and discover the knowledge and skills required at each level of competency from a tactical to an advanced professional in procurement and supply.

Download a full pdf copy of the CIPS Global Standard for Procurement and Supply. 

Contributors

 

Companies/Organisations that have contributed to CIPS Global Standard Content
Accenture (UK)
Adam Smith College (UK)
Aston University (UK)
ATLAS Copco (Australia)
BAA (UK)
BAE Systems (UK)
Balfour Beatty (UK)
Bangor University (UK)
Bank of Queensland (Australia)
Basingstoke College of Technology (UK)
Bath City College (UK)
British Airports Authority (UK)
British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (UK)
Brunel University Business School (UK)
Cabinet Office (UK)
Cardiff University (UK)
Churches Health Association of Zambia (Zambia)
CIS Australasia (Australia)
City College Coventry (UK)
City of Glasgow College (UK)
Consarc Engineering Ltd (UK)
Copperbelt Energy Corporation PLC (Zambia)
Copperbelt University (Zambia)
Cumbria PCT (UK)
D M Jones and Associates (UK)
Darlington College (UK)
Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) (Australia)
Department for Education (UK)
Department for Health (UK)
Department for International Development DFID (UK)
Department for Transport (UK)
Department for Work and Pensions (UK)
Department of Education (UK)
Department of Energy and Climate Change (UK)
Department of Finance and Personnel (NI) (UK)
Department of Health (UK)
Department of Transport (UK)
DPSS (UK)
East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce (UK)
Easton Training Institute (Kenya)
Exeter University (UK)
Foreign and Commonwealth Office (UK)
Fujitsu (UK)
Future Purchasing (UK)
George Weston Foods Ltd (Australia)
Goodrich ECS (UK)
Harley Reed (UK and Africa)
Henley Business School (UK)
Ian Tait and Co Ltd (UK)
IBM (UK)
Inver House Distillers Ltd (IK)
KISM (Kenya)
Leeds City College (UK)
Leicester City Council (UK)
Liverpool Chamber of Commerce (UK)
Liverpool John Moores University (UK)
Livingstone IBES (Zambia)
Lloyds TSB (UK)
London Metropolitan University (UK)
Malawi Institute of Procurement & Supply (Malawi)
Maximal Consulting (UK)
Ministry of Defence (UK)
MOD (UK)
Mzuzu University (Malawi)
National School of Government (UK)
NATS (UK)
Necor Zambia Ltd (Zambia)
Neil Fuller & Associates (UK)
Network Rail (UK)
NNPC Group (Nigeria)
Northern Ireland Government (UK)
Northumbria University (UK)
Novartis Pharma AG (UK)
Office of the Director of Public Procurement (Malawi)
Olympus College (Zambia)
OneSteel (Australia)
Parmalat (Australia)
PASTACO (Malawi)
Perkins (UK)
Public Procurement Oversight Authority (Kenya)
QANTAS (Australia)
Queensland Government (Australia)
RailCorp (Australia)
Rio Tinto (Australia)
Santos Ltd (Australia)
SCMEA (Australia)
Scotland Excel (UK)
Scottish Power (UK)
SIMA (Zambia)
Sony (UK)
SR Supply Chain Consultants (UK)
St Helens College (UK)
Suncorp (Australia)
Supply Chain Projects (UK)
T2P (UK)
Tannoy Ltd (UK)
TEC Institute of Management (Kenya)
Telstra (Australia)
Tesco (UK)
Thames Valley University (UK)
Toyota (UK)
Traidcraft (UK)
Tricepts Management Solutions (Kenya)
University Centre at Blackburn College (UK)
University of Adelaide (Australia)
University of Birmingham (UK)
University of Malawi (Malawi)
University of Salford (UK)
University of Sydney (Australia)
University of Westminster (UK)
Welsh Government (UK)
West Nottinghamshire College (UK)
Zambia Air Force (Zambia)
Zambian Institute of Purchasing and Supply (Zambia)

The following companies/organisations that have contributed to CIPS Global Standard content

Accenture (UK), Adam Smith College (UK), Aston University (UK), ATLAS Copco (Australia), BAA (UK), BAE Systems (UK), Balfour Beatty (UK), Bangor University (UK), Bank of Queensland (Australia), Basingstoke College of Technology (UK), Bath City College (UK), British Airports Authority (UK), British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (UK), Brunel University Business School (UK),Cabinet Office (UK), Cardiff University (UK), Churches Health Association of Zambia (Zambia), CIS Australasia (Australia), City College Coventry (UK), City of Glasgow College (UK), Consarc Engineering Ltd (UK), Copperbelt Energy Corporation PLC (Zambia), Copperbelt University (Zambia), Cumbria PCT (UK), D M Jones and Associates (UK), Darlington College (UK), Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) (Australia), Department for Education (UK), Department for Health (UK), Department for International Development DFID (UK), Department for Transport (UK), Department for Work and Pensions (UK), Department of Education (UK), Department of Energy and Climate Change (UK), Department of Finance and Personnel (NI) (UK), Department of Health (UK), Department of Transport (UK), DPSS (UK), East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce (UK), Easton Training Institute (Kenya), Exeter University (UK), Foreign and Commonwealth Office (UK), Fujitsu (UK), Future Purchasing (UK), George Weston Foods Ltd (Australia), Goodrich ECS (UK), Harley Reed (UK and Africa), Henley Business School (UK), Ian Tait and Co Ltd (UK), IBM (UK), Inver House Distillers Ltd (IK), KISM (Kenya), Leeds City College (UK), Leicester City Council (UK), Liverpool Chamber of Commerce (UK), Liverpool John Moores University (UK), Livingstone IBES (Zambia), Lloyds TSB (UK), London Metropolitan University (UK), Malawi Institute of Procurement & Supply (Malawi), Maximal Consulting (UK), Ministry of Defence (UK), MOD (UK), Mzuzu University (Malawi), National School of Government (UK), NATS (UK), Necor Zambia Ltd (Zambia), Neil Fuller & Associates (UK), Network Rail (UK), NNPC Group (Nigeria), Northern Ireland Government (UK), Northumbria University (UK), Novartis Pharma AG (UK), Office of the Director of Public Procurement (Malawi), Olympus College (Zambia), OneSteel (Australia), Parmalat (Australia), PASTACO (Malawi), Perkins (UK), Public Procurement Oversight Authority (Kenya), QANTAS (Australia), Queensland Government (Australia), RailCorp (Australia), Rio Tinto (Australia), Santos Ltd (Australia), SCMEA (Australia), Scotland Excel (UK), Scottish Power (UK), SIMA (Zambia), SMT Ltd (UK), Sony (UK), Spotless Group (Australia), SR Supply Chain Consultants (UK), St Helens College (UK), Suncorp (Australia), Supply Chain Projects (UK), T2P (UK), Tannoy Ltd (UK), TEC Institute of Management (Kenya), Telstra (Australia), Tesco (UK), Thames Valley University (UK), Toyota (UK), Traidcraft (UK), Tricepts Management Solutions (Kenya), University Centre at Blackburn College (UK), University of Adelaide (Australia), University of Birmingham (UK), University of Malawi (Malawi), University of Salford (UK), University of Sydney (Australia), University of Westminster (UK), Welsh Government (UK), West Nottinghamshire College (UK), Zambia Air Force (Zambia), Zambian Institute of Purchasing and Supply (Zambia).