CPO of the Year 2012 Announced

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Chief Procurement Officers across the Asia Pacific now control spend between $100 million to $5 billion. To mark the evolution of procurement and its ever-increasing role in corporate Australia, the inaugural award for the region’s leading Chief Procurement Officer of the Year was presented last night at the 5th Annual Asia-Pacific CPO Forum.

Sharyn Scriven, Group Manager Procurement and Supply for Energex, one of Australia’s largest electricity corporations took the honours.

Said Dr Karen Morley of Karen Morley & Associates, chair of the CPO of the Year judging panel:  “It is clear, after adjudicating some of the best CPOs in the region that those who are most successful are the ones contributing at the executive table to influence their organisation’s strategy. 

“Procurement is one of Australia’s fastest growing professions and has undergone a massive transformation from driving down costs to a whole of business approach.

“With procurement spend growing apace, CEOs are looking to their CPOs to drive growth strategies through  managing volatile costs and risk, delivering a diverse and resilient supply base, ensuring environmental compliance and maintaining strict quality and corporate responsibility standards – essentially underpinning the businesses ‘license’ to operate. 

“The successful CPOs we adjudicated displayed the following attributes.  They have an executive presence, insights into complex, longer-term issues, they demonstrate the highest integrity, they are influential, they build trusted relationships, they are creative and they act as an advocate for the profession.”

Ms Morley was joined on the judging panel by Kathryn Fagg, a senior executive with experience across a number of sectors and president of Linfox’s Fast Moving Consumer Goods business, Stephen Bartholmeusz, well known business commentator and Business Spectator journalist, and Dr Ian Williamson the Helen Macpherson Smith Chair of Leadership for Social Impact at the Melbourne Business School.

Based on research conducted by The Faculty Roundtable into what sets apart the world’s best CPOs, the judging panel measured five key criteria including functional excellence, people leadership, commercial leadership, leadership attributes and impact.

Said Ms Morley:  “Sharyn embodied how the strategic use of procurement can help deliver supply base innovation, impact commercial issues and lead sustainability initiatives.”

In her role at Energex, Ms Scriven is responsible for a team of 170, billions of dollars of work under contract and over 400 supplier relationships.

Said Peter Price, Executive General Manager Programming,  Procurement & Services at Energex: “This award is richly deserved.  Sharyn and her team were last year awarded CIPSA accreditation, the first energy company outside of Europe and only one of 200 organizations globally to gain this certification.

“Sharyn has built an impressive team who have delivered significant commercial benefits underpinned by a trusted network of suppliers that will help the business remain competitive over the coming years.”

The inaugural CPO of the Year was presented at The 5th Annual Asia-Pacific CPO Forum jointly sponsored by The Faculty Roundtable, Ariba and Visa.

Media inquiries: Craig Badings, Cannings Corporate Communications, 02 8284 9991.

About The Roundtable

Formed in 2006, The Roundtable comprises some of Australia’s most senior procurement leaders from non-competing organisations who meet quarterly for open and honest discussion resulting in an energetic output of ideas and actionable projects.

This has enabled roundtable members to make a business case for change and then fast-track projects with a lower rate of error.

Professional meeting facilitation ensures all members have the chance to address issues important to their business, as well as sharing with others the ideas and techniques contributing to their own success.

As a member, participants have access to a ready supply of valuable expertise to enhance both their professional and personal skills.

They are also regularly exposed to industry thought-leaders and commentators and the program provides networking and professional development opportunities.