Thursday 19 May 2016

Government takes out top procurement award

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The Collaborative Procurement Banking Team at New Zealand Government Procurement has taken out the top award at the inaugural New Zealand Procurement Excellence Awards.

The awards, hosted tonight at EY’s offices in Auckland, were established to raise awareness of good procurement practices and to celebrate excellence.

The winning team, named Procurement Team of the Year, displayed outstanding leadership, tenacity, innovation and project management skills, the judges said, delivering significant financial benefit and adding value to stakeholders, including taxpayers and beneficiaries.

This year’s category winners are:

  • Sara Hay, General Manager Procurement, Auckland Council: Procurement Leader of the Year
  • Emma Hillman, Senior Procurement Analyst, New Zealand Government Procurement: Young Procurement Professional of the Year
  • Collaborative Procurement Banking Team, New Zealand Government Procurement: Procurement Team of the Year
  • Air New Zealand Procurement : Successful Procurement Change

Scott Blackwood, Advisory Partner at EY, says the awards recognise the significant value that leading procurement functions can contribute to New Zealand’s economy. “In 2015, New Zealand central and local government expenditure was NZ$41b, imports were NZ$72b and GDP increased by 3.7% to NZ$241.2b according to Statistics NZ reports, he says. “Much of this translates to spend that procurement professionals can effectively influence to achieve better economic, environmental and social outcomes for New Zealand.”

Bruce Parton, Chief Operating Officer of Air New Zealand and one of the awards judges, says New Zealand needs to do more to develop procurement talent. “Good procurement aligns with organisational strategy and consistently delivers planned results. An effective procurement team can deliver up to 3-5% business benefits year on year, while world class procurement teams can deliver up to 8%+. We need to do more to develop procurement professionals so we can make the most of these benefits for our wider economy.”

The 2016 awards were initiated by the NZ Procurement Excellence Forum, founded in Auckland in November 2014 to connect like-minded and committed procurement professionals to share their knowledge and expertise.

The forum also provides a valuable opportunity for professional development and networking for the participants and their team members.

For information on all New Zealand Procurement Excellence Awards finalists go to

This year’s NZ judging panel was:

  • Bruce Parton, Chief Operating Officer, Air New Zealand
  • Catherine Beard, Executive Director, Manufacturing and Export NZ
  • David Smol, Chief Executive, Ministry of Business, Employment and Innovation
  • Grainne Troute, GM Corporate Services, Skycity
  • Michael Boggs, Chief Executive, NZME
  • Stuart McCutcheon, Vice Chancellor, University of Auckland
  • Victoria Crone, Former Managing Director, Xero

For more detail please contact:
Scott Blackwood, Partner, Advisory
+64 9 348 8490

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