New Zealand Procurement Excellence Awards

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Congratulations to the Ministry of Health.

At the 2019 New Zealand Procurement Excellence Awards held at the Crowne Plaza Auckland, the Ministry of Health was announced as the Supreme Winner for 2019.

The judges said that the team’s ability to collaborate in such a short timeframe was very impressive, and the team successfully corralled many different skills sets and effectively managed complexity and timeframes. The Ministry of Health produced “good long-term outcomes on inter-agency connection and collaboration”.

Find out more about each of the winners and finalists below.

  • Young Procurement Professional of the Year

    This award celebrates the up-and-coming stars of procurement. We do have an age limit on this award and we are looking for nominations who are 30 years or under as of 31/12/2018. These young professionals will have made excellent contributions to their teams and are proactively managing their personal and professional development. They have enquiring minds and seeking out and actively using leading and innovative practice. Above all they are passionate about procurement and the impact that their contribution has to their business.

    • Dominika Mitchell, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)

      EY - Dominika MitchellDominika joined the procurement profession in 2014 as part of the New Zealand Government Procurement and Property (NZGPP) graduate programme, rotating across a number of government agencies before joining the NZGPP legal team in 2015. She has been instrumental in drafting, negotiating and advising on a portfolio of government contracts with an aggregate value of $10 billion, providing quality advice across all aspects of procurement. Her skills have proven to be invaluable in leading the legal aspects of procurements with a commercial lens to ensure contracts deliver best value for Government.

    • Frae Cairns, Auckland Council (Winner)

      EY - Frae CairnsFrae began her career as a contract administrator at Auckland Council and has quickly risen through the ranks to become a strategic procurement specialist within the Auckland Council Procurement Department (her home role) and is currently seconded to the Southern Initiative as their Strategic Social Procurement Specialist. Frae is a successful and well-respected leader both within Auckland Council and amongst the wider New Zealand procurement community. Frae is passionate about delivering social and sustainable impact through procurement. Frae is an example of what a young professional can achieve though dedication, intelligence, great people skills and hard work.

    • Mac Mataia, Auckland Transport

      EY - Mac MataiaMac is a Procurement Advisor at Auckland Transport (AT), working in the Infrastructure Procurement Team. Since joining, he has supported the delivery of the Auckland Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative (AMETI) project, AT’s largest infrastructure project. In this role, he has shown confidence and initiative well beyond his level of experience, which has directly assisted the project staff he has support and has led to good customer outcomes and better working relationships with stakeholders, partners and external suppliers. Mac’s working life is complemented by his ongoing commitment to professional learning and development through CIPS membership as well as his current pursuit to receive qualifications required for NZ Transport Agency-funded projects.

  • Procurement Professional of the Year

    This award recognises individuals who have strived to be at the forefront of procurement within the New Zealand marketplace. They show both thought and team leadership, so whilst they may not be the ultimate manager or head of procurement they are viewed as a leader for procurement in their organisation and outside. They weather the challenges both big and small with resilience, humanity and continue to drive impactful and sustainable change and pioneer ongoing growth and innovation. This is a special person who shows the all-round aspects of a procurement professional.

    • Paul Howard, New Zealand Defence Force

      EY - Paul HowardPaul has been instrumental in leading both the strategy, development and overall delivery of key procurement and military projects of both a highly political and strategic nature within the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF), where he works today. Paul’s career spans from 1982 working for the UK Civil Service, moving into procurement in 1995 and working for Work and Pensions, HM Revenue and Customs, UK Treasury, UK Police, UK Department for Education and Commercial Director for the UK Department for Culture Media and Sport. In his career spanning over 30 years, Paul has led and delivered many key strategic procurements and has secured efficiencies of over $200 million.

    • Katherine Littler. Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)

      EY - Katherine LittlerKatherine is currently a Senior Procurement Specialist, and has recently been acting as the Business Director in the Finance and Performance team at MBIE. She has a record of exceptional success as a Change Advisor in the internal MBIE procurement team, where she demonstrated thought leadership in a formal capacity during her 18-month term. She was integral to improving the reputation of internal teams within the organisation, and has always got her eyes open for opportunities to improve herself, her employer and others. Katherine is a procurement professional who is a consistent high performer and is passionate about using her procurement and commercial skills to deliver outcomes, benefits and value to her stakeholders and the organisations she is working for and with.

    • Karen Dawson, Ministry of Education (Winner)

      EY - Karen DawsonKaren joined the Ministry of Education in 2015 as Chief Procurement Officer, brining with her 15 years of procurement experience to the Ministry. As a senior procurement leader in New Zealand Government, she is engaged in many networks, forums and procurement boards to support and develop the procurement profession. Karen has been an advocate for growing capability across the Ministry and the procurement industry, and is also constantly looking to introduce newcomers to the profession. Karen is a member of a number of professional procurement groups, leads an internal procurement network group and is a mentor in the MBIE’s developing Procurement leaders programme.

  • Social and Environmental Impact of the Year

    This award celebrates those who have demonstrated strategic success in any of the areas of social and environmental initiatives. This could be a Corporate Social Responsibility, economic or environmental initiatives which have delivered value to their organisations. We are looking for those procurement individuals and teams who have owned and driven a successful sustainability initiative to ensure their company’s operational life improves and/or improves the life of individuals, their companies, their communities and potentially the wider world.

    • Air New Zealand

      Sustainable Procurement has been identified as one of four key priority areas material to the achievement of Air New Zealand’s wider sustainability strategy. At Air New Zealand, a Sustainable Procurement Working Group has spearheaded the adoption of a lifecycle view of procurement, as well as the implementation of the Air New Zealand Waste Minimisation Programme and the removal of inflight single-use-plastic. The firm has worked alongside suppliers to secure competitive, lower impact products for the business as they communicate this ambition and implement a transition programme that will see the removal of 55 million single-use-plastic items previously procured for use across the Domestic network, over the coming months.

    • Auckland Council Healthy Waters & Height Project Management

      EY - Auckland Council Healthy Waters & Height Project ManagementThe teams have co-developed a Sustainable Outcomes Toolkit which aims to guide the application of social, environmental, cultural and economic outcomes into the procurement lifecycle – from the business case planning stage, to market requests for information/ proposals or tenders, right through to evaluation and KPIs for awarded contracts.

      The Toolkit is easy for any team to use when working on a project or contract of any size - including by staff who are non-experts in sustainability. It has been used successfully on a range of Auckland Council Healthy Waters infrastructure projects. The intention is to improve it as lessons are learned, and it will be open sourced it so it can be used by any organisation looking for a practical way to embed sustainable outcomes.

    • Department of Corrections (Winner)

      EY - Department of CorrectionsThe Department of Corrections and Ministry for Justice recognised an opportunity to explore how the future Asset and Facilities Management contract might enable the delivery of some of the Department’s social responsibilities around rehabilitation and reintegration of offenders. Accordingly, the Department placed a high priority on delivering improved Offender Employment outcomes as part of the new contract. The tender process explored opportunities to use offender employment within the prisons as well as the up-skilling and training of offenders. Measurable commitments from the respondent were a major negotiating point, and the continued provision of stable employment and reduced re-offending were the final outcome of a partnership approach which now contributes to a safer, better community.

  • Most Effective Teaming of the Year

    This award celebrates teams who have driven value from high levels of engagement and working successfully within multi-disciplinary teams whilst undertaking procurement activities. This can be within organisations or in collaboration with other buyers or suppliers. The award recognises high performing teams who are achieving exceptional benefits from leveraging their collective knowledge and expertise.

    • Ministry of Health (Winner)

      EY - Ministry of HealthThe National Air Ambulance Procurement team delivered on the opportunity to transform the region-specific Air Ambulance Helicopter Service into a nationally integrated and coordinated one (reducing contracts from 13 to three regional specific contracts). The procurement was a collaborative approach between the Ministry of Health and ACC. The team better informed the opportunity through sensitive application of broad knowledge and partner consultation. The success of the project can be attributed to the teams unwavering dedication to achieving a workable procurement approach in the face of community resistance, sector apprehension and general stakeholder guardedness. Through the growth of their respective knowledge base and by working in interconnected parallel workstreams that emphasised market engagement and co-design, the procurement team input was substantially larger than the sum of each individual’s contribution.

    • Ministry of Justice and Department of Corrections

      EY - Ministry of Justice and Department of CorrectionsA large number of providers are contracted by government to supply family violence related programmes. Up until July 2018, these contracts were run in isolation. Duplicated time and effort for government and providers has since been removed thanks to the collaborative efforts of teams across agencies and the success of a ground-breaking project that now provides a blueprint for how agencies can work together. The required collaboration was not just confined to within respective agencies but required the multi-disciplinary teams to work across sector and with a high level of regional engagement with providers and representatives. The resultant aligned way of contracting and the joint procurement exercise is a new way of working for not just the family violence sector but wider social services sector as well.

    • Spark

      EY - SparkSpark’s agile inspired Input Optimisation Squad demonstrates the value a cross-functional procurement-led team can provide to an organisation. The key to success at Spark has come from forming a self-directed team with a common purpose made up of functional experts from procurement, finance, operations, data, and customer-facing parts of the business. Rather than taking the traditional approach of trying to convince the business to support procurement initiatives, Spark created a culture of ownership by integrating key people from the business into the procurement team and empowered the team to deliver shared cost, service and process improvement goals. By applying Spark’s new agile ways of working, along with knowledge sharing, cross-skilling and coaching, the squad continues to lift their performance. As a result of this change, the team is able to identify opportunities and use its embedded champions to support the rapid execution of new ways to optimise the business. Spark’s customers expect more for less every day and the Input Optimisation Squad plays a key role in achieving Spark’s ambition to be the lowest cost operator in New Zealand.

  • Most Innovative Project of the Year

    This award recognises procurement teams or individuals who are pushing the boundaries of how we conduct Procurement and deliver value adding solutions to our clients and to New Zealand. This covers innovation across how the project is conducted as well as what is procured. This award looks at the practice of cultivating innovation from the supply base, and thinking differently about Procurement strategies and market approaches to deliver increased value as well as the procurement of innovative goods.

    • Department of Internal Affairs / Te Tari Taiwhenua

      EY - Department of Internal Affairs / Te Tari TaiwhenuaOver the course of two years, the Commercial Strategy and Delivery team at the Government Chief Digital Office, in collaboration with agencies and business, have delivered Marketplace, a fully functional end-to-end procurement and fulfilment digital market for products and services. Marketplace delivers value by simplifying how the NZ Government establishes all of government arrangements (panels), reducing the time, cost and complexity for both suppliers and Government. This project has generated significant interest from government agencies and suppliers, both in NZ and abroad – even becoming the subject of an OECD case study and presentations at international events.

    • Ministry of Education

      In August 2018, the Ministry launched New Zealand’s first Construction Directory, a national panel of 100+ pre-qualified construction suppliers to tender for major school construction projects. The aim of the Construction Directory was to create long-term supplier relationships by recognising and rewarding high performing suppliers with more opportunities and subsequent selection. By providing greater transparency of its forward work programme through this project, the Ministry has increased confidence of supply from a construction workforce who understand the Ministry’s property portfolio strategy and future supplier needs. While still in its first year of operation, the Construction Directory is already substantially reducing tender timescales and costs for both suppliers and the Ministry.

    • Oranga Tamariki – Ministry for Children (Winner)

      EY - Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for ChildrenIn order to provide young people who enter the youth justice system on remand with a greater chance of successful outcomes, Oranga Tamariki has been developing community-based options such as ‘remand care homes’, which provide a secure and positive environment where young people can get the support they need to get their lives back on track. Historically, traditional methods of procuring social services have generally disadvantaged smaller, community providers, particularly Iwi / Māori organisations. Oranga Tamariki designed a procurement process that would identify a partner that had the proven capacity and capability around whanaungatanga, whakapapa and mana tamaiti, and the potential to co-design and deliver a successful youth remand service. The team invested significant time in open dialogue, giving the potential partners the time and information for them to decide whether they wanted to proceed to a presentation stage. The early results from the service, since going live in August 2018, are hugely promising and on 20th February 2019, Hoani Lambert, Tamariki Advocate, Deputy Chief Executive, Voices of Children, accepted the ANZSOG Showcasing Indigenous Strength and Leadership in Public Administration award in Australia.

The New Zealand Procurement Excellence Awards were established to raise the profile and awareness of procurement across both private and public sectors, and to celebrate the contribution that good procurement practice, teams and individuals are making towards New Zealand’s economic success.

Congratulations to all our 2019 winners and finalists who demonstrated outstanding achievements in the field of procurement.