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Networking shapes success at National Procurement Awards

A wide range of professionals from across the industry attended the awards which set the benchmark for excellence in the Irish procurement profession

Launched in 2010, The National Procurement Awards offer companies the opportunity to network, showcase and collaborate. With a diverse and wide range of entries from across the country 14 trophies were presented on the night to well deserving winners.

Kevin Cronin, senior category strategy manager at Pfizer spoke about their success on the night. “Winning the award for the ‘Best Cross Function Collaboration Project’ was fantastic but winning the ‘Overall Excellence in Procurement’ award was just amazing. Taking time out to celebrate and recognise our achievements in the company of our stakeholders made the night even more enjoyable.”

The Procurement Leader Award, sponsored by Greenville Procurement Partners, was received by Brian Murphy, director and former chief executive of the National Development Finance Agency (NDFA), in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the procurement profession in Ireland. “I was very honoured to accept the Procurement Leader Award 2017 as it represents a public recognition of the valuable contribution to effective public capital procurement by the NDFA team and its public-sector client entities through an often-difficult period for the Irish economy”.

Each submission was reviewed by an independent judging panel of professionals from within the procurement and supply chain industry. Moderated by judging coordinator Wayne Dignam, the panel also featured Gerard McNamara, chief executive Schuman Associates, Angelyn Rowan - partner, construction and projects, Eversheds Sutherland, Tonia Spollen-Behrens - senior market adviser, public procurement department, Enterprise Ireland, Eoin Lonergan - procurement Lead, EY, Jeanne Copeland - chief executive, Greenville Procurement Partners, Hilda Collins - senior category strategy manager for indirects, Pfizer and David McKevitt - Cork University Business School.


Neal Johnston, managing director at Exertis SCS, said, “We were thrilled to have won two prestigious awards in such a competitive field of entrants. It is testimony to the hard work, dedication and commitment of our team, and the close collaboration with our clients and Exertis colleagues in other parts of our organisation.”

It was the first year FCM travel solutions have been involved in the awards. Sponsorship allows companies to engage with their customers and potential customers in a very focussed and intimate way, while promoting excellence in their businesses. "We really valued being one of the key sponsors for this year's National Procurement Awards and enjoyed a wonderful evening. As a corporate Travel Management Company (TMC), we work closely with procurement professionals who are responsible for analysing the cost of travel expenditure within the business and evaluate the many benefits that can be achieved for their business by partnering with a TMC. It was a pleasure to celebrate the achievements of the finalists and award winners on the night." Lisa O'Carroll, business development manager, FCM Travel Solutions. If you'd like to find out more information about the awards you can visit the website.

The complete list of winners is as follows, congratulations to all the successful companies.

1. Overall Excellence in Procurement / Sponsored by FCM Travel Solutions
Pfizer Hazardous Waste Management Sourcing Project

2. Procurement Leader 2017 / Sponsored by Greenville Procurement Partners
Brian Murphy

3. Procurement Excellence Award – Private Sector
Exertis Supply Chain Services

4. Procurement Excellence Award – Public Sector / Sponsored by Codex
FoodCloud Hubs

5. Procurement Excellence Award - SME
Envision Management Consultants

6. Procurement Team of the Year
ICT Sourcing Team - Office of Government Procurement

7. Green Procurement Project of the Year
An Garda Síochána

8. International Procurement Project of the Year
Exertis Supply Chain Services, the Linx Team and Microsoft

9. Best Procurement External Collaboration Project of the Year
Rapid Delivery Housing - OGP, DHPLG, LGMA and Greater Dublin Local Authorities

10. Best Cross Function Collaboration Project of the Year
Pfizer Hazardous Waste Management Sourcing Project

11. Excellence in the Procurement of Facilities Management

12. CSR Initiative of the Year
A&L Goodbody and Social Entrepreneurs Ireland Partnership

13. Innovation Award
Flying High and Cruising Low With Robots And Drones - Pfizer Grange Castle

14. Best Use of Technology / Sponsored by IIPMM