How to enter

Application for entries are now closed for 2016, but if you are interested for next year please review the process below.

Entering the awards

  1. Choose which categories you want to enter.
  2. Read the category description carefully.
  3. Write your submission following the guidelines below and including the requested headings.
  4. Collate up to three pages of supporting material for your entry following the guidelines below.
  5. Write a 100-word overview of your entry.
  6. Prepare a high-resolution version of your company logo and a team photo.
  7. Register and upload your submission.
  8. Make a  payment for each team entry online.

Your written submission

Your written submission for the CIPS Supply Management Awards must be no more than three single-sided sheets of A4 (plus up to three single-sided sheets of supporting material *optional), which you upload directly to the entry site. You will also be asked to provide a project summary of no more than 100 words as part of the entry process. Please note that individual category entrants are required to submit a 500-word statement only along with supporting documentation.

Template for written submission

Your written entry is the basis on which the judges will vote for and shortlist entries. The main criteria used by the judges to select winners will be the magnitude, importance and clarity of the benefit(s) to the organisation arising from the project or initiative. The three pages should show how you meet all criteria in your category. At the beginning of your three pages, the following information must be listed: 
  • Category name
  • Project title
  • Organisation name
  • A 100-word overview of your entry (teams only)

Written Submission headings

Your submission should also include the following headings: 
• Aims and objectives
• Planning and execution
• Innovation and creativity
• Best practice
• Supporting evidence (this is the heading for up to three pages of additional material in your appendices)
• Organisational benefits achieved. 

 Judges will award 0-5 points for the first five sections and up to 20 points for the final one – organisational benefits. Achievements may be ‘hard’ (for example, cost savings or reduced lead times) or ‘soft’ (for example, improved supplier relations or better-trained staff). But it is important that every entry relates in some way to organisational benefits already achieved and for you to provide supporting evidence. Claimed benefits should be supported by facts and figures, and entrants are strongly advised to include validation of these from stakeholders outside the procurement and supply chain function – internal customers, suppliers and so on. Don’t forget that judging is an open and transparent process. Entries are read by judges and winning ones are written up by the editorial team before they are announced, so do not include information that is commercially sensitive

Your supporting materials

You may, if you wish, upload additional supporting material with your entry. However, this must be limited to three single-sided sheets of A4 and should not comprise information that is central to your case – the judges will expect to see this in your main submission. Your supporting materials can include the following: 
  • Testimonials
  • Endorsements from colleagues or suppliers, CFO or CEO
  • Press clippings
  • Performance figures

PLEASE NOTE: If supporting material is to be submitted, it must be in Word (.doc), Excel (.xls), PowerPoint (.ppt) or PDF (.pdf ) formats only. Please also upload your logo and a team photo, min. 300dpi in jpeg or eps format, to be used in the awards supplement and for the evening’s on-screen graphics should your entry make the final shortlist.

Entry Fees

The entry fees for CIPS Africa Supply Management Awards are as follows: 
Team: $30 USD
 Individual: No charge 

 Please note shortlisted entrants for the CIPS Procurement and Supply Chain Management Professional and CIPS Young Procurement and Supply Chain Management Professional of the Year will be required to present their entries to a panel of judges.

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