Alliance Procurement Work Stream Is Highly Commended

08 Nov 2013

The South Island Alliance has been ‘highly commended’ in the recent Australasian Charted Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) Procurement Professional awards 2013.

This result was achieved in the category of Best Cross Functional Teamwork Project. The overall category winner was QBE Insurance Group Limited, an A$18.6Bn multinational organisation.

John Osborne, Canterbury and West Coast District Health Boards’ Supply Chain Manager and Chair of the South Island Alliance Procurement and Supply Chain workstream, says the commendation was a fantastic achievement.

“To have been picked as a finalist and to then achieve strong results in a very complex and challenging environment like this is testament to the commitment, commercial acumen and complex relationship management of all the individuals involved in this work across the South Island.”

“The workstream developed a plan to improve efficiencies and cost savings, which have realised a range of benefits, both directly relating to procurement and more widely for the South Island Alliance,” he says.

Procurement practices have been improved by developing shared templates and regionally-agreed contract terms and conditions. A project management tool also allowed executive oversight of all regional projects through its reporting mechanism. Appropriate evaluation methodologies were agreed and implemented consistently, and evaluation matrices were shared and assessed together.

John thanked everyone involved in this workstream and focussed on the year ahead.

“We now need to start thinking about next year’s submission to demonstrate leadership in the profession and achieve an outright category win.

The CIPS Awards commended the alliance workstream: “For facilitating the coming together of disparate, autonomous units to achieve improved working relationships, efficiencies, savings and risk mitigation.”

More than 70 submissions from across the profession were reviewed by CIPS.

The South Island Alliance is a collaborative effort of the five South Island DHBs to utilise combined resources to jointly solve problems, develop innovative solutions to health sector challenges and achieve better health outcomes for the people of the South Island.
You can read more about the awards here.

Published on: Friday, November 8th, 2013, under General