Cestria Procurement Team in line for industry award
Published by Craig Downs for Cestria Community Housing in Housing and also in Communities
Cestria’s Arshia Bhatti (left) pictured with Lesley Bennison, Corporate Procurement Assistant at Cestria Community Housing
Chester-le-Street housing provider, Cestria Community Housing has secured a place in the finals of an awards scheme celebrating the best of the procurement industry.
Cestria is up against four other organisations in the 'Most Improved Procurement Operations - Start up' category of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) Awards.
A CIPS Supply Management Award is considered to be the most prestigious recognition a company in the procurement and supply chain profession can receive.
Cestria impressed the shortlisting judges for its project started in 2012 to bring all procurement operations in-house. Previously, procurement had been delivered by an external consultant but the move to set up a dedicated in-house procurement team marked a radical shift in the way Cestria procure goods, works and services from suppliers, consultants and contractors.
The change was designed to ensure better value for money in procurement, to improve contract management and also to introduce a new streamlined ‘e-procurement’ system.
In 2013, the new dedicated team achieved procurement efficiency savings totalling £1.1million.
Arshia Bhatti, Corporate Services Officer at Cestria, said: “Changing from an experienced procurement consultant to an in-house team was a major change to the way we do things and was also a considerable challenge for those involved. But the new dedicated team quickly established itself as an effective and efficient operation which was able to deliver considerable value for money savings for the organisation.”
Cestria will find out if it has won at an awards ceremony at The Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane in London on September 11.