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Joy for those honoured at the National Procurement Awards 2018

The National Procurement Awards 2018 took place on November 15th, with winners celebrated from across the public and private sectors

On November 15th, 2018, technology, collaboration and innovation were the themes as the ninth annual National Procurement Awards were celebrated.

The awards aim to recognise those who have given the most over the past 12 months, and prove an ideal setting to network and enjoy some down time. Indeed, with such a broad range of industries in attendance it provided plenty of opportunity to learn from those working in other fields and gain new insights into the procurement sector.

Speaking to their win as the Supply Chain Team of the Year, John Sisk & Son’s procurement manager, John Devereaux said: “Being able to manage our Supply Chain effectively is crucial to the success of our business therefore it is great to be awarded with Supply Chain Team of the Year 2018. It is also a good morale booster for the team after a very busy year for John Sisk & Son.”

Proud winners in both Overall Excellence in Procurement and Green Procurement Project of the Year, it was an important night for An Garda Síochána. Michael Dodd, financial accountant for An Garda Síochána, said: “The accolade of being the recipient of the Overall Excellence in Procurement 2018 is a great achievement for the team and for An Garda Síochána. The awards night is an opportunity to meet peers from the public and private sector and gain an insight into other procurement projects.”


An independent panel of expert judges from academia, business and related sectors determined the winners of the National Procurement Awards. Speaking of the calibre of this year’s awards, Dominic Kelly, the global manager of Strategic Operations Services Procurement & Supplier Management for Amazon Web Services, said: “The 2018 entries were impressive, demonstrating a consistent focus on the use of technology, both the procurement of technology to support innovation within businesses as well as the use of technology to improve the speed and quality of information sharing, supporting faster decision making and improved procurement outcomes.”

Sponsors of this year’s awards included Greenville Procurement Partners Ltd. After the big night, their CEO Jeanne Copeland spoke of the value of the awards and the industry in general. “We were delighted to be associated with this year’s National Procurement Awards and particularly with our sponsorship of the Procurement Leader Award, which went to Eavan O’Halloran of Primark. Procurement is such a vital part of the Irish economy and these awards help raise its profile at a time when more and more demands are being placed on the public purse. For Greenville it is essential for us to be involved in promoting best practice procurement at all levels,” she said.

Another key sponsor for the evening, Hays Ireland, presented awards in three areas. Their managing consultant, Susan Histon, said: “Hays Ireland was delighted to be part of the 2018 National Procurement Awards. The evening itself was a brilliant showcase for the Irish business community and it was particularly energising to see so many thriving and diverse Irish businesses all in the same room. Procurement continues to play a key role in driving strategic business decisions.  My colleagues and I in Hays Ireland were delighted to present the winners for three categories recognising their continued procurement excellence.”

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Here is the full list of winners.

Overall Excellence in Procurement

Winner: An Garda Síochána

Procurement Leader 2018

Sponsored by Greenville Procurement Partners
Winner: Eavan O' Halloran of Primark

Procurement Team of the Year

Sponsored by Hays
Winner: Education Procurement Service

Supply Chain Team of the Year

Winner: John Sisk & Son

International Procurement Project of the Year

Winner: Hyster-Yale Project, Exertis Supply Chain Services

Green Procurement Project of the Year

Winner: An Garda Síochána

Procurement Excellence Award - Public Sector

Winner: Beaumont Hospital’s Laboratory Modernisation Project

Procurement Excellence Award - SME

Winner: Envision Management Consultants

Best Procurement External Collaboration Project of the Year

Winner: Ornua Co-operative & Kuehne + Nagel Ireland

Best Cross Function Collaboration Project of the Year

Winner: Pfizer Ireland Pharmaceuticals Lab Consumable Project

Best People Development Initiative

Winner: Education Procurement Service

Excellence in TECH or Telecoms Procurement

Winner: ICHEC Supercomputer, Office of Government Procurement

Excellence in Education Procurement

Winner: Payroll Shared Service Solutions for the Education & Training Boards, Office of Government Procurement

Innovation Award

Winner: Ornua Co-operative

Best Use of Technology

Winner: POBAL