4C succeeds for the fourth time

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2nd October 2007

AstraZeneca and 4C Associates fought off tough competition to win the Award for Best use of Technology at the prestigious Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) Excellence Awards ceremony last week.

The award was presented at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, in front of a record audience of 1200 procurement professionals. It is the fourth that 4C have won with their clients in as many years.

Other short-listed ‘procurement technology’ entries included GlaxoSmithKline, the Home Office Commercial Directorate, OGC Buying Solutions and Yell UK.

This award recognises how the team optimised technology to meet a real business need, using a specially tailored version of 4C’s professional services procurement technology, Pro4C, within AstraZeneca. Pro4C – branded “SmartSourcing” at AZ is a web-based solution that enables large organisations to consistently optimise value in professional services procurement by optimising price, performance and process.

Daniel Lieghio, Director of 4C said “We’re delighted that our client’s outstanding strategic vision has been recognised by CIPS. Professional services procurement is a notoriously difficult area and most large organisations struggle with consistently optimising value for money. AstraZeneca’s implementation of the Pro4C system has been a real success story.

The CIPS judges recognised both the multi-million pound savings Pro4C has brought to AstraZeneca and the system’s popularity with suppliers, buyers and line management alike”.

Doug Price, Purchasing Director at AstraZeneca added, “We’re thrilled that this initiative has been recognised, particularly as its success is a result of some excellent team work between, AZ Procurement, marketing and 4C.”

This is the fourth CIPS Award won by 4C in partnership with their clients. Over the past three years they have also won:

  • “Most improved purchasing operation” – 2006
  • “Most innovative project” – 2004
  • “CIPS Overall winner” – 2004

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