Leading excellence in the procurement and supply chain management domain on the global front is The Chartered Institute Procurement & Supply (CIPS). Known as an authoritative, well-respected professional body that offers globally recognized qualifications and training, CIPS has been helping businesses & associates develop high standards of professional skill, ability, and integrity. Intending to meet the increasing demand for new skills in the profession, CIPS has established a global network of regional chapters, where members can connect to have their supply chain issues addressed. CIPS envisions a business world where people realize their true potential and achieve the success which looked seemingly impossible earlier.
In an interview with Aspioneer, VP Operations Bill Michels shared insights about the brand, its culture, and its vision. Below are the key highlights of the interview.
Aspioneer (A): Can you give us a brief overview of CIPS, its mission, and its global presence?
Bill Michels (B): “CIPS Americas opened in 2017 as a regional operation of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS), which was founded in the UK in 1932. CIPS Americas encompasses the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean nations. While CIPS has offices in Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Ghana, and the Middle East/North Africa. We serve the procurement & supply management profession. With a global community of over 70,000 members, CIPS is the voice of the profession and the world’s largest professional body dedicated to all aspects of supply management. We offer a significant amount of free knowledge & support for buyers or supply managers in any size organization and every private, government, and non-profit sector. It also works directly with companies and other organizations to assess procurement skills and train employees in best practices. CIPS also audits and provides solutions for corporations on their processes and procedures, the ethics within their organization, and how to tackle the big issues of the day, such as sustainable sourcing, modern slavery, and corruption. On a mission to improve people’s lives through well-managed supply chains & procurement, CIPS sets global standards for the profession, trains practitioners in the skills needed for effective & ethical work, and offers globally recognized certifications for practitioners who meet rigorous qualifications for knowledge and experience.”
(A): Can you share a bit about your target market, partners & culture in general?
(B): “CIPS serves both individuals and organizations of all sizes and across all sectors. It serves its members with knowledge and learning resources, globally recognized certifications, and the educational resources for practitioners to earn those certifications. CIPS works with large companies in many industries, including automotive, aerospace, technology, construction, utilities, and retail. It helps them identify skills gaps in their procurement teams and address them with high-quality learning resources. In many cases, CIPS collaborates with large organizations to develop bespoke curricula delivered in different formats to meet learner needs. CIPS’s digital academies are complete learning environments customized for each client company and often delivered on-demand to suit the schedules of busy practitioners. Through the CIPS Foundation, CIPS also supports buyers with basic training and support for anyone responsible for buying and taking their first steps in the profession.
The best strategic supplier relationships are based on transparency and collaboration, and those are also values shared by CIPS Americas team members. We are relatively small in number but we punch above our weight. We get to know each other well, even though we work remotely across America and even across the Atlantic with team members based in the UK and the other offices around the world. We all are passionate about the work we do, so we work together to get it done. We are a part of a global organization that sets high standards for the procurement profession, and its people & processes. As a result, everyone’s expectations are high, and the results we achieve are very satisfying. Connecting with CIPS offices around the world is a regular part of our work, and that gives all of us an appreciation for different cultures and business practices outside the U.S. It also demonstrates the values of equality, diversity, and inclusion. We also value connections not just with procurement professionals, but business leaders and anyone with an interest on how to buy better, so our collaboration aims go much further.”