The world’s most prestigious procurement accolade

Shortlist Announced

8 March 2024

Celebration Date

16 May 2024

Location

InterContinental London - The O2

Why attend the awards?

“The glitz, the glamour, the celebratory atmosphere, fantastic hosts, and the opportunity to share and enjoy the evening in the company of colleagues and industry peers”

Sarah Richardson,
SCM Specialist, Siemens
GEP Procurement Team Award Winner,
World Procurement Awards 2023

Categories and Entry Criteria

Choose the categories for which you have clear evidence of the impact your project, team or organisation has made. There is no limit to the number of categories you may enter, but we recommend aiming for quality over quantity. Click on each category below for more detail about what the judges will be looking for.

Ivalua Procurement Excellence Award

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The flagship award recognises a leading and impactful example of a procurement function creating significant value for the business.
Excellence can be defined as when procurement delivers tangible and quantifiable commercial impact through advanced approaches to spend management.

Judges will be looking for entries that highlight elements of how procurement:

  • Has contributed to overall business results in a quantifiable way.
  • Is a strategic business function with the support of the executive committee.
  • Is a destination of choice for ambitious talent.
  • Is involved in strategic business decisions at an early stage.
  • Acts fairly and responsibly.

Eligibility: Submissions are open exclusively to corporate procurement functions. Outlined initiatives must have been delivered and made an impact between June 2022 and December 2023.

Supplier Collaboration & Innovation Award

Showcasing how procurement has worked with the supply base to drive innovation into the organisation – whether it be product, service or process.

The supply base is a rich source of innovation, and procurement is perfectly positioned to orchestrate how the organisation can capture and leverage innovation.

Judges will be looking for entries that highlight an initiative where procurement:

  • Worked closely with a supplier or group of suppliers to develop an innovative solution(s).
  • Segmented and identified suppliers based on their innovation potential.
  • Developed and maintained a reputation for being a customer of choice within a given market.
  • Had a meaningful impact on business results.
  • Acted fairly and responsibly.

Eligibility: Entries are open to corporate-procurement-function-driven collaboration initiatives. Submissions must focus on the partnership and collaboration between the corporate and one or more suppliers. Outlined initiatives must have been delivered and made an impact between June 2022 and December 2023.

Transformation Award

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Celebrating significant advancement in a procurement function, whether improvement of an underperforming team or taking an already high-performing unit to the next level.

Procurement transformation can be driven by a number of goals – to achieve a step change in capability, to move closer to business strategy, to align with key markets or in response to business or political cycles, to name a few.

Judges will be looking for entries that highlight elements of how procurement:

  • Transformed itself in response to business need.
  • Has driven significant improvement in productivity.
  • Managed and communicated change to relevant stakeholders.
  • Met or exceeded predetermined goals for the transformation.
  • Acted fairly and responsibly.

Eligibility: Submissions are open exclusively to corporate procurement functions. Although the transformation may be a multi-year journey, entries must demonstrate significant impact between June 2022 and December 2023.

Business Partnership Award

Showcasing the function that illustrates true alignment and deep collaboration with the business for ultimate business success.

True business partnership means that procurement is involved early in strategic decision-making across relevant functional teams and is a valued contributor to planning and decision-making at a strategic level.

Judges will be looking for entries that highlight elements of how procurement:

  • Collaborated with another function for a clear business outcome.
  • Driven tangible business results in partnership with other teams.
  • Supported other business functions with insight developed in procurement.
  • Has been involved early in strategic planning and decision-making.
  • Respected by and aligned at the C-suite level.

Eligibility: Submissions are open exclusively to corporate procurement functions. Outlined initiatives must have been delivered and made an impact between June 2022 and December 2023.

Environmental & Social Impact Award

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Recognising the procurement function that is significantly reducing the environmental impact of their business through innovative and collaborative approaches across the business and supply base.

Procurement has a huge opportunity to positively impact the environmental and social agenda due to the influence it wields over the supply base. Leaders in this space will exhibit how they work upstream to drive environmental improvement or other social issues such as supporting local or underprivileged communities, or fighting child labour and modern slavery in the supply chain.

Please provide a single initiative as your entry which represents your organisation’s commitment to environmental and social impact.

Judges will be looking for entries that highlight elements of how procurement has achieved one or more of the following:

  • Quantified (as much as possible) the scale of the challenge and opportunity.
  • Worked with supplier(s) and other key stakeholders to improve environmental and/or social impact.
  • Embedded environmental and/or social considerations into sourcing and category-management processes.
  • Exhibited tangible progress in tackling environmental and/or social issues.
  • Taken a leading role internally to drive ESG improvement.

Eligibility: Submissions are open exclusively to corporate procurement functions. Outlined initiatives must have been delivered and made an impact between June 2022 and December 2023.

Intel Supplier Diversity & Inclusion Award

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Celebrating the procurement function that uses its influence and reach to positively impact the diversity and inclusivity of its supply base.

With many global companies purchasing goods and services from tens of thousands of suppliers, the opportunity to make significant improvements to the diversity within that supply base is obvious. Responsible and progressive procurement functions, therefore, must look to work with suppliers that are representative of the communities, geographies and demographics they serve and touch.

Judges will be looking for entries that highlight elements of how procurement has:

  • Proactively and deliberately looked to make the supply base more equitable.
  • Made meaningful progress in tackling inclusivity and diversity imbalances.
  • Worked with the business to identify opportunities to drive greater supplier diversity and inclusion.
  • Established clear goals and timelines to encourage positive change.

Eligibility: Submissions are open to corporate procurement functions. Outlined initiatives must have been delivered and made an impact between June 2022 and December 2023.

GEP Procurement Team Award

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Recognising teams that share a clear purpose and are committed to excellence in procurement and driving business impact; yet foster a culture of openness, individual and collective growth, and trust.

Nothing is more beneficial to a business than a team that achieves success and demonstrates excellence through a collaborative, creative and proactive approach. But the reward isn’t just for the business – individuals in such teams flourish due to the empowerment, growth opportunities and an inclusive environment.

Judges will be looking for entries that highlight elements of how procurement:

  • Built a high-performing team with a culture of openness and trust.
  • Delivered tangible business results thanks to the unique contribution of the team.
  • Fostered a results-driven culture based on diverse thinking and positivity.
  • Has broken down silos and encouraged cross-functional collaboration.
  • Developed capabilities in the team that future-proof the function.

Eligibility: Submissions are open exclusively to corporate procurement functions. Outlined initiatives must have been delivered and made an impact between June 2022 and December 2023.

SAP Ariba CPO of the Year Award

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SAP Ariba

Celebrating the senior-most procurement leader who empowers their team, inspires progress for the function, and is fixated on delivering sustainable and business-critical results for the organisation.

Our CPO of the Year award recognises a great leader who is at the top of their game and is responsible for a high-performing team that delivers tangible business results. This award is restricted to senior-most executives with strategic responsibility for their organisation’s procurement function.

Judges will be looking for entries that highlight how the CPO:

  • Built a high-performing team.
  • Fostered a culture of excellence, trust, belonging and performance.
  • Managed change and encouraged diversity.
  • Helped improve the reputation of the function, both internally and with suppliers.
  • Introduced innovative approaches and techniques that have advanced the function.

Eligibility: Submissions are open to the senior-most CPO of a corporate procurement function. Although the CPO’s leadership impact may have been a multi-year journey, the entry needs to focus on examples and success achieved between June 2022 and December 2023.

The majority of submissions for CPO of the Year will come from teams in recognition of their CPOs great efforts, however please note that self-submissions are also accepted.

Future Leader Award

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Highlighting an individual who is the one to watch for the future – a passionate, curious high performer who is destined for great things, whether as a future CPO or leader elsewhere in the business.

Recognising and developing future leaders is crucial to the retention of high-potentials, as well as succession planning – these are the individuals who will be leading our procurement functions in the coming years and who will take the function itself to even greater heights.

Judges will be looking for entries that highlight elements of how the individual has:

  • Made a significant contribution to the impact of procurement.
  • Helped to foster a culture of excellence, trust, belonging and performance.
  • Gone above and beyond the expected to deliver excellence in their role.
  • Displayed creativity, inclusivity, and innovation in how they work.
  • Stood out from the crowd and demonstrated initiative.

Eligibility: Submissions are open to any rising star within a corporate procurement function who is destined for great things. Future Leader candidates are likely to be in the earlier stages of their career in procurement. Any outlined initiatives must have been delivered and made an impact between June 2022 and December 2023.

Risk & Resilience Award

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Showcasing a procurement organisation that has helped the business to navigate unexpected events and volatile environments, using advanced techniques, processes and technology.

Supply chains are a complex melting pot of risk, with the global business and geopolitical landscape providing challenges that are rarely seen. Those procurement functions that provide predictability, security of supply, rapid responses and confidence to the executive committee will drive significant competitive advantage.

Judges will be looking for examples of a risk project or initiative that delivered impact in areas such as:

  • Mapping and segmenting the supply base to an advanced level based on risk footprint.
  • Working cross-functionally to redesign approaches or products from a resilience perspective.
  • Addressing multiple facets of risk – whether it be cyber, ESG, logistical, reputational, geopolitical, etc.
  • Introducing technology to help manage and mitigate risk.
  • Working with key suppliers to de-risk their exposure.
  • Providing business-critical insight based on supply chain and supplier data.

Eligibility: Submissions are open exclusively to corporate procurement functions. Outlined initiatives must have been delivered and made an impact between June 2022 and December 2023.

Supply Chain Initiative Award

Recognising how a function has taken a fresh approach to managing its complex supply chain for positive business impact or collaborated deeply with the supply chain function for the same aim.

Supply chain agility has never been more critical to keeping goods and services moving for company success and customer satisfaction. Procurement functions that drive and collaborate on supply chain initiatives that have positively impacted the performance of a company will stand out. This could be a specific project or a long-term programme that has achieved significant results.

Judges will be looking for entries that highlight elements of how procurement has driven significant results through deep collaboration or technological ingenuity, for example by:

  • Has worked cross-functionally to match demand and supply.
  • Introduced capabilities, processes, and technologies to gain greater control over the supply chain.
  • Developed innovative approaches to managing supply chain complexity.
  • Provided business-critical insight based on supply chain and supplier data.
  • Showed excellence in logistics and warehouse management.
  • Responded quickly to external trends and events.

Eligibility: Submissions are open exclusively to corporate procurement functions. Outlined initiatives must have been delivered and made an impact between June 2022 and December 2023.

Digital Impact Award

Celebrating the procurement function that has driven significant positive impact by implementing a digital technology or data solution

Deploying technology for technology’s sake has repeatedly resulted in disappointing, expensive failures. But those procurement organisations that make full use of the data at their disposal to drive business insight or implement leading digital solutions can drive significant competitive advantage.

Judges will be looking for entries that highlight elements of how procurement:

  • Has rolled out data or digital solutions based on true business needs.
  • Managed how users adopt the new approach to maximise efficacy.
  • Has made the data that procurement has access to available for better decision-making.
  • Has reduced complexity and/or improved speed of decision-making and agility.
  • Delivered a rollout on time and within budget.

Eligibility: Submissions are open exclusively to corporate procurement functions. Entries should focus on the implementation of a specific digital technology or data solution, rather than a digital transformation (digital transformations are eligible for the transformation award). Outlined initiatives must have been delivered and demonstrated an impact between June 2022 and December 2023.

Procurement Technology Provider Award

Recognising the technology provider that demonstrates the most impactful and valuable solution for procurement functions.

Procurement excellence cannot be achieved without digital enablement and the functions that partner with solution providers who provide a significant return on investment are the functions that progress faster. The award celebrates technology solutions that have a clear value proposition and address a meaningful and tangible procurement challenge or opportunity.

Judges will be looking for entries that highlight elements of how the solution provider’s technology:

  • Provides value for money and a strong return on investment for adopters.
  • Addresses a real and significant challenge or opportunity faced by the procurement function.
  • Has been developed with usability as a priority.
  • Is future-proofed and able to fit within typical corporate environments.
  • Brings innovation to a company’s technology stack.

Eligibility: Submissions are open to any company providing technology to corporate procurement functions. Outlined initiatives must have been delivered and made an impact between June 2022 and December 2023.

Procurement Consultancy Project

Highlighting the consultancy or advisory organisation that is helping the procurement function to push boundaries within its business.

Professional services have made a significant contribution to the evolution of the function over the years and continue to do so. This award recognises the project in which a procurement team has been supported by an external organisation through the provision of advisory, consultation or recruitment services.

Judges will be looking for entries that highlight elements of how the project:

  • Addressed a real and significant challenge or opportunity faced by the procurement function.
  • Delivered return on investment within planned timings.
  • Is innovative in approach and impactful beyond procurement.
  • Demonstrates value for money, great customer service and positive client feedback.

Eligibility: Submissions are open to consultancies, advisors or associations partnering with a corporate procurement function for progression and impact. Outlined initiatives must have been delivered and made an impact between June 2022 and December 2023.

Why attend the World Procurement Awards?

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Network with industry leaders: Seize the opportunity to expand your network and forge key connections

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Celebrate and be celebrated: Gain recognition and validation for your achievements from peers and industry experts

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Network with industry leaders: Seize the opportunity to expand your network and forge key connections

Judged by the best

Meet your esteemed panel of judges. Entries will be profiled in front of the biggest names in the function as they determine who to shine a light on.

Alistair Prebble

Head of Procurement
Air New Zealand

Amanda Davies

Chief Procurement & Sustainability Officer
Mars

Andrea Morton

Director – Procurement & Supplier Management
Kāinga Ora

Andrew Newnham

Head of Group Procurement
Marks & Spencer

Andrew Roper

Global Head of Procurement
Clyde & Co.

Andrew Swift

Chief Procurement Officer
British Council

Andrew Watson

Head of Group Procurement
BlueScope Steel

Ann Ackerson

Chief Procurement 
Officer
BAE Systems

Ben Fricke

Procurement & Supply Chain Director
Whitbread

Bob Bruning

Chief Procurement Officer
CBRE

Carel Aucamp

Chief Procurement 
Officer
British American Tobacco

Carol Danoff

EVP & Chief Procurement Officer
Warner Bros. Discovery

Dan Bartel

Chief Procurement 
Officer
American Airlines

Florence Tinsley-Roy

Global Chief Procurement Officer
PwC

Hani Alsaigh

VP of Supply Chain
Tahakom

Harold Wu

Head of Procurement
T. Rowe Price Group

Harro Meijran

Chief Procurement Officer
Fresenius

Hervé Le Faou

Chief Procurement Officer
HEINEKEN

Jacqueline Lam

Head of Strategic Procurement
Hong Kong Jockey Club

Jarrod Glover

Director of Procurement
Santander UK

John Wilgar

Chief Procurement 
Officer
Nippon Sheet Glass

Jude Byrne

Jude Byrne

Head of Procurement
EnergyAustralia

Katarzyna Lis

Regional Procurement Director
Asahi Europe & International

Kimberley Warren

Head of Property & Procurement
Virgin Money

Laura Cook

Director of Procurement
Primark

Lis Anderson

Chief Procurement Officer
Provincial Health Services Authority

Lee Jackson

Managing Director
North West London NHS Procurement Services

Marco Cobianchi

Head of Global Procurement
Schindler Holding

Mark Major

Global Head of Procurement
Bain & Company

Nikki Archer

Deputy Director, Head of Scottish Procurement & Commercial Policy
Scottish Government

Nikki Symonds

Chief Procurement Officer
Origin Energy

Nor Azura Abdul Wahab

Chief Procurement Officer
Telekom Malaysia Bhd

Patricia Miller

Chief Procurement Officer
Accenture

Philip McDonald

GM Procurement
Woolworths Group

Richard Crane

Chief Procurement Officer
Haleon

Rick Hof

Corporate Procurement Officer
Alliander N.V.

Siva Periasamy

Global Supply 
Chain Head
Tata Communications

Shiraz Sarang

Chief Procurement Officer
Nedbank

Stuart Price

Group Procurement Director
Nomad Foods

Ted Dore

Managing Director
Citigroup

Thomas Gaengler

Chief Procurement Officer
Mondelez International

Tim Herrod

Vice President, Global Procurement
Albemarle

Valerie Jamieson

Director of Procurement 
& Supply Chain
SGN

Vishal Gupta

Chief Procurement Officer
Indosat

Will Chou

Chief Procurement Officer
BeiGene

Will Porter

Chief Procurement Officer
Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance

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