Portland Group wins award for strategic contribution to procurement

At the 6th Annual Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) Procurement Professional Awards, held in Melbourne, Portland Group, an Infosys BPO subsidiary, was honored with a special Achievement Award for contribution to the procurement industry – the first time such an award has been conferred on a procurement services provider.

While presenting the award, David Noble, Chief Executive of CIPS, said: "This year, CIPS would like to recognize a strategic contribution to the procurement profession from the local service industry here in Australia. In procurement, we are dependent on our suppliers much of the time; … increasingly, as procurement professionals, we are also dependent on our service providers as well – as our economic cycles become more pronounced. One service provider in particular has delivered a number of things that have changed the landscape of the service sector in Australia:

  • They have provided a real and local alternative to the big six consultancies – and are now listed first by these firms as their principal competitor
  • They have consistently presented a twin offering covering the breadth of two closely related disciplines – procurement and supply chain management consulting
  • They have also provided a local alternative for managed services provision – making the concept accessible for smaller requirements
  • They have made the independent boutique consulting approach valid in Australia, and opened up the possibility of considering smaller firms – even for the big jobs