DCC honoured for procurement best practices

The National Procurement Institute’s Achievement in Excellence in Procurement (AEP) has recognized DCC’s fair and transparent approach to procurement.

A leading association of government purchasing professionals has recognized DCC’s fair and transparent approach to procurement.

The National Procurement Institute’s Achievement in Excellence in Procurement (AEP) award honours excellence in public procurement. DCC is just one of five Canadian organizations among the 2014 recipients—and the only federal one.

“DCC had been ISO 9000-certified, but it is very broad and does not address specifically procurement,” says Mélanie Pouliot, Technical Specialist, Procurement, who, along with Coordinator, Contract Services, Agnieszka Sakanovic, spearheaded the cross-Canada effort to put together the AEP application. “We wanted to do something that would show our Client-Partners and industry that we follow best practices in procurement.” Having seen a presentation on the AEP, the pair thought it was a good fit and prepared a business case for applying.

Organizations seeking to receive this designation are measured against criteria in the areas of innovation, ethics, training and development, quality control, productivity, e-procurement and leadership related to procurement. To be successful, applicants must achieve at least 100 on a rating of standardized criteria. That threshold indicates basic best practices are in place; anything above that shows increasing levels of excellence.

DCC had a strong showing on topics such as ethical best practices, professional development and leadership—for example, “being out there in the industry, to explain what we do, showing leadership on the owner’s side,” Sakanovic explains.

“We’re working hard on e-procurement, and we’re not there yet,” Pouliot adds. “We hope to do better in that category next year.” To maintain the designation, organizations must submit an update each year for evaluation.

“Receiving an award like this solidifies what we do,” Sakanovic reflects. “As a professional, you always do your best, but you are always looking for how to make procurement better, more fair, more transparent. This award puts extra pep in our steps.”

“This award is a significant achievement for us as it validates that we not only have strong quality systems in place (our past ISO certification), but we are also leaders in procurement in terms of our training and development, ethics and industry involvement,” adds Mélinda Nycholat, Vice-President, Operations—Procurement. “I commend Mélanie and Agnieszka for all the hard work they put into this submission; it demonstrates tremendous commitment and pride in what they do. I’m very proud of our team of procurement professionals who are all extremely dedicated to meeting our clients’ operational requirements and ensuring the integrity of the procurement process, often in very challenging situations. Bravo to all!”

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