Qatalum’s Procurement receives CIPS certification

The certification will allow Qatalum to enhance its competitive position by ensuring procurement operates in a highly efficient manner.

On the 28th of January 2014, at the Sharq Hotel, Qatalum will receive its CIPS Certification Award at an official award ceremony. The CIPS (Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply) Award was presented to Qatalum Procurement and Management by the CIPS Group CEO David Noble, accompanied by Ms Rebecca Fox, CIPS Middle East & North Africa GM.

Qatalum  receiving Procurement Senior management with Qatalum DCEO Khaled Laram receiving the CIPS certification from CIPS Group CEO David Noble, accompanied by Ms Rebecca Fox, CIPS Middle East & North Africa GM.

Abdulla Jabbar, Procurement Manager of Qatalum, in line with Qatalum's mission and as part of his vision for his department wants the Procurement function to be a world class organization in every area of its operations. Qatalum Procurement, therefore, undertook an improvement initiative to achieve CIPS certification that ensures that their procurement functions are operating in line with world best practices. Qatalum is the third Qatari organization after Qatar Foundation and RasGas to achieve CIPS certification.

To achieve the "best in class" practices and processes in procurement activities, the CIPS Certification is assessed on two levels: Standard and Advanced Standard. Advanced Standard is further categorised into three levels of Silver, Gold and Platinum dependent on the depth of demonstration of how advanced the system in place is. For all the levels, the pillars of excellence for demonstration remain the same, namely: Leadership and Organisation, Strategy, People, Processes and Systems (Sourcing), Performance Management.

Qatalum Procurement underwent the Standard Certification assessment in the period of August to November 2013, whose key objective was to "establish that the organization has the fundamentals in place to operate an effective procurement and supply function".

Mr Jabbar said, "We are delighted to achieve the Standard Certification ensuring that we are in line with the world best organizations in carrying out procurement activities. However, this is just the first step towards our ultimate goal of achieving the Platinum level."

The Certification is valid for three years from award and to ensure sustained best practices, an interim post-award assessment is carried out mid-way through the three years in order to maintain the Certification.