The Procurement Power List recognises those leaders in the profession pushing the field of procurement forwards.
CIPS and Supply Management asked for nominations from a panel of experts and created a long list of candidates, including the CPOs of FTSE 100 organisations and significant public sector organisations. These names were debated during a panel with leading executive search agencies and industry experts, to create a list of 30 names, plus 10 ones to watch.
The following criteria were used for nominations:
- Employment status. Candidates must be employed practitioners and not working as interims or consultants. They must be of a significantly senior level (CPO and above) and have a successful track record from previous roles, as well as being their current role long enough to have achieved significant outcomes.
- Geography. CPOs based in Europe, or those who work for global organisations but have responsibility for European procurement teams.
- Internal influence. They sit in a prominent place in the company hierarchy and are actively involved in board and ExCo level discussions in their organisation.
- External influence. They have non-executive board positions in listed, private or public bodies.
- Influencing the wider profession. They share their knowledge with the profession via trade magazines, blogs, social media and speaking at events.
- Developing others in the function. They give back to more junior procurement and supply professionals, for example mentoring or speaking in schools.
- Depth and breadth of experience. They have responsibility for other areas of the business beyond procurement and supply.
- Their relationship with CIPS makes no difference to their inclusion, or not, in the list and they do not have to be CIPS members.
- No professional with an official connection to CIPS can be on the list, for example, board members or committees.
The Procurement Power List will change and evolve annually.