Aerospace and defence
Creating efficiencies in long-term, high-value, high-cost projects is key in this sector. This means aerospace and defence organisations around the world are investing more and more in people development, building the sector-specific skills and tools they need to professionalise their purchasing and supply.
Optimising procurement performance means leveraging long-term supplier relationships and being able to deal with supply assurance and compliance issues around ethics and legislation, which adds an additional level of complexity.
Find out how the CIPS Aerospace and Defence Procurement Group (ADPG) can help your organisation to achieve excellence in procurement and join our growing number of clients, which includes BAE, Marshall, Thales and Lockheed Martin.
The automotive sector is experiencing an immense amount of change that’s being driven by a highly competitive environment. Organisations are having to re-evaluate their entire supply chains. This puts greater pressure than ever on the skills of their procurement people to help reduce costs and meet new challenges, such as adopting alternative fuel technologies. But it also raises questions of supply chain risk and the need to build resilient compliant, ethical and sustainable practices.
Along with changes in how automotive organisations work comes an increased need to be sure they operate effectively and they have a strong supply chain that can be proven to be performing.
CIPS can help your organisation to upskill your procurement functions and join our growing number of automotive clients, including Jaguar Land Rover, Aston Martin, Mclaren, Honda and GKN.
Food and drink
Traceability of ingredients continues to make the headlines in this sector. Developing procurement skills is essential to manage supply chains that are increasingly complex, ensuring safety and reliability of supply whilst driving down costs.
In addition, procurement needs to take into consideration issues of local sourcing, again to drive down cost, risk management to ensure constant supply despite poor crops, and sustainable purchasing to eliminate waste across the supply chain.
CIPS is helping organisations such as SabMiller and Kraft to improve their procurement skills and performance.
The mining industry is characterised by fluctuating demand, placing a large emphasis on supply chain sustainability and cost effectiveness to drive performance.
This is a dangerous industry; when people’s lives are at stake procurement people have a responsibility to ensure equipment is fit for purpose making ethical practices crucial. In a sector that also faces huge environmental issues, focusing on sustainable procurement is an important way for organisations to improve the total sustainability of their operations.
CIPS has helped a large number of mining companies to enjoy the benefits of formal purchasing and supply training, and to support sustainable procurement, including Rio Tinto and Nyrstar.
Oil, gas and energy
Production and operations in the oil, gas and energy sector are typically high-cost, high-risk and capital-intensive. This makes developing the talent within procurement and supply crucial in helping to optimise processes and performance which is vital to meeting future energy needs.
This is an industry that depends heavily on an extensive supply chain and operates within an ever-more competitive and volatile market. Strategically focusing on your procurement people and operational excellence are key ways to create competitive advantage and develop sustainable, cost-effective supplier relationships.
CIPS is working extensively across this sector to develop the procurement capability within a number of companies, including EDF Energy, Sellafield, BP, Dong Energy, CLP Power, Orlen Upstream, Pacific Rubiales, Western Power Distribution and Eskom.
With huge pressure on the industry to lower drug prices, combined with only a limited window to make money from new drugs, procurement remains one of the sector’s biggest untapped value areas. As such, the profession has a growing role to play in an organisation’s profitability; investing in people, performance and supply chain assurance and compliance can make a tangible difference to operational efficiency.
The pharmaceutical industry is all about the long term. The focus for the future has to be on looking at all costs, from research and development to materials and marketing; building closer, lasting supplier relationships; and negotiating best long-term contracts.
CIPS works with a number of pharmaceutical companies including Novartis, SGA, Pfizer, Abbot and AAH Pharmaceutical. We are also running a PCMG Procurement Academy, a tailored training programme specifically for the pharmaceutical sector.
Find out more about how we can help you to increase skills and professionalism in procurement.