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One of the things procurement finds hardest is shouting about its achievements. Whether that is saving money or helping to deliver a new product innovation, the function has struggled to communicate its contribution. That is in part down to long held perceptions about what the function does.
In some regions, this has been more difficult than others.
“In some parts of Asia the whole notion of procurement and people who work in the function is not perceived particularly well or seen as an ‘awesome’ profession; it’s not even deemed as a profession,” Christina Ooi, head of group procurement at Malaysia Airlines Berhad, told Procurement Leaders in 2016.
“The perception is that it’s more the kind of career that someone would embark upon if one had nothing else to do.”
The only way to change that perception is to shout about any successes and this is why Procurement Leaders decided to try and help that process by establishing its Awards events in London and Singapore, recognising the best projects happening within the function.
Every year the standard of the projects submitted grows and it is no different this year at the forthcoming Asia Pacific Awards, which is due to be held on November 9 at The Westin Singapore.
The entries were described by Jamal Chamariq, SVP global supply chain, APAC, at Estée Lauder as of "very high-quality in terms of content and presentation", which he said made the selection of a shortlist "very hard".
That shortlist has just been announced and it will no doubt be even trickier for the judges to pick a winner.
In the best Procurement Team category, the likes of Birla Sunlife Insurance, Japan Airlines and Mondelēz International are in the running, while for the Transformation Award we have CBRE and Zuellig Pharma Holdings, Singapore, coming up against one another.
Meanwhile, for the coveted Procurement Leader Award, which recognises an individual for his or her career in procurement and their ability to lead a team or function to success, there are three shortlisted candidates:
Anindya Ray from Arvind Retail, who has helped pioneer a centralised sourcing structure in the fashion and apparel industry; Sebastian Chua from Health Promotion Board, who has transformed procurement from a gatekeeper to a business partner at the organisation to stay relevant in the digital age; and Christian Linhart from Ooredoo who led a successful savings programme at the telecommunications firm at a time when the industry was facing a crossroads.
The individuals shortlisted and those who do eventually win can take confidence from the fact their projects really are the benchmark for success and should take that message back to the business and shout about it.
To see the full shortlist click here
This article is a piece of independent writing by a member of Procurement Leaders’ content team.