CIPS launches new competence tool

The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) has launched the ‘Construction Procurement Competence Tool’, after the development of a national suite of procurement competence standards, following the Grenfell enquiry.

In response to the Hackitt Report, there was a desire to improve the competence of people involved in procurement activities, so that better decisions are taken at all levels of the construction supply chain.

The free tool allows users to benchmark themselves and other individuals against the recommended competency framework to understand the level of expertise or additional training and skills required to meet these more rigorous standards.

Users select their job role, such as building safety manager, principal contractor, or procurement leader, followed by job competencies set against the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) stages 0-7 with the required level indicated against each stage.

The stages cover definition, capabilities and knowledge, which are matched to levels in the CIPS global framework, highlighting skills and capabilities required in various job roles. The user then receives a summary of skills and competencies, and where there are gaps for improvement. The tool is designed for use by individual contractors and construction professionals, companies and project managers.

CIPS chaired Working Group 11, one of the 13 groups appointed as part of the Competency Steering Group (CSG), following the Hackitt Report. The CSG had to develop a national suite of procurement competence standards required not among builders and associated professions, such as architects and surveyors when working on higher risk buildings.

Duncan Brock, CIPS group director and chair of the procurement working group, said: “The free tool is a result of a collaborative project to help support the construction sector to combat its common challenges and reach a balanced approach as the pressures of price, margin and safety remain.

“We hope it will give the sector more confidence and knowledge about procurement, and build a better future for residents of higher risk buildings.”