Weetabix Food Company has joined an elite group of companies after being awarded Standard Corporate Certification from CIPS (The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply), following an in-depth assessment that measured its procurement function against “world-class standards”.
Weetabix is one of only 280 companies worldwide to have achieved the prestigious certification.
The robust and rigorous procurement processes are now allowing the organisation to strengthen its relationships with suppliers and drive further improvements throughout the business.
The processes have helped to deliver added value to both Weetabix and its suppliers through continuous improvement initiatives across the whole supply chain.
These improvements have also allowed Weetabix to continue to meet the needs and adapt to the demands of customers and consumers in a changing breakfast market.
Anthony Bowdidge, Head of Procurement: “When we decided to embark on the certification process last year, we’d already step changed the way we worked internally and made some fantastic progress.
“But we knew from internal feedback there were some further improvements we could make, and CIPS offered a framework to take us to the next level. It provided the structure we needed, particularly around processes and continued people development.
“We aligned our programme to the five dimensions of the CIPS assessment: Leadership & organisation, Strategy, People, Processes & Systems and Performance Management. Each dimension was assigned a sub-team within procurement, which meant it was a real team effort from the beginning as every member of the function was involved throughout the entire journey.
Alan Martin, Head of CIPS Certification, said: “Weetabix has been on a journey of continuous improvement over the past few years and we’ve witnessed throughout the assessment process a team that has built up it processes, using the CIPS framework to achieve what is now an array of procurement best practices.
“The value the business places on procurement and strong relationships the team has with the Executive Leaders of the organisation has ensured excellent compliance, and in terms of content, style and clarity the Weetabix CIPS submission was exceptional. We’re delighted to award Weetabix with CIPS Corporate Certification.”
There are 14 members of the Weetabix procurement team that oversee over 800 suppliers and the export of Weetabix products from its UK sites to over 80 countries worldwide.