MENA companies receive recognition of best practice in procurement

Sunday 15 May 2016

Dubai - MENA Herald: The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) awarded eleven regional companies for their outstanding procurement and supply management best practice and contribution to enhancing the role of the profession in the Middle East. The 2016 winners of the CIPS Middle East Awards were announced on April 26th at The Address Dubai Marina. The Supply Management Awards were celebrated after the 6th CIPS Middle East Annual Conference, which provided insights on the current procurement challenges in the region such as integration, alignment and risk-management.
Sam Achampong, General Manager (CIPS MENA), said: “The annual CIPS Supply management Awards ceremony celebrates one of our key mandates – to promote best practice in the procurement and supply profession. The Awards are a reflection of the efforts local companies are making to further develop this region in line with global best practice. The MENA region offers many opportunities for procurement professionals to demonstrate leadership and drive better value, collaboration and innovation”.
ENOC was the only company to take home three awards: for best people development initiative, best supplier relationship management categories and were the overall winners. Commenting on this occasion, Abdulsalam Al Hammadi, Director – Procurement & Contracts at ENOC, said: “At ENOC, we run an internal programme to identify and fill performance gaps, and employ and nurture young professionals from the region and the UAE. This unique initiative has helped us maintain qualified team members for years and added significant value to our business in all sectors.”
The procurement team of the year award went to Abu Dhabi Airports Company. Abu Dhabi Education Council were recognized for achieving the CIPS Platinum Certification, thereby becoming the 10th organization globally (second in this region) to achieve this recognition, and the first Educational Establishment.
Best contribution to corporate responsibility went to the National Bank of Abu Dhabi. The Petroleum Institute won the best cross-functional teamwork project. Best supplier development initiative went to Emirates Airlines while international procurement project of the year was won by Etihad Airways.
Adil Al Mulla, Vice President of Procurement & Supply Management at Etihad Airways said: “I am delighted that Etihad Airways, Procurement and Supply Management were shortlisted in several award categories and in our achievement in winning an award. We are currently in the midst of a business transformation programme; re-engineering our processes, implementing new technology and developing our people - striving to be a world class procurement department. These CIPS nominations are recognition of the hard work and commitment demonstrated by Etihad Airways Procurement team through these challenging times, we are extremely proud of our success and strive to improve further in future years. “
The most improved procurement operation – start-up was Bureau Expo Dubai 2020 and most improved purchasing operation – step change was Atlantis The Palm.
Awards in individual categories were picked up by Hala AI Suwaidi of The Petroleum Institute, who was named procurement and supply chain management professional of the year. Abdul Aziz Abdul Mujeb of Aldar Properties, won young procurement and supply chain management professional of the year.

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