MarkKuipers.PNGThis month SmartProcurement profiles Mark Kuipers, Chief Director: Capacity Building, National Treasury and Chairman of the SCM Council.

The SCM Council seeks to professionalise supply chain management (SCM) within South Africa – making it a discipline governed by national SCM norms, standards and principles. The Council engages with SCM stakeholders to unpack leading practices and strategies that can be used to qualify SCM practitioners in the country.

Currently an ‘Interim SCM Council’, it was launched as a collaborative effort between National Treasury’s Chief Directorate: Capacity Building, within the Office of the Accountant-General (OAG), and the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer (OCPO). A fully-fledged SCM Council will be established in terms of the Public Procurement Bill as soon as it is enacted.

Full name: Mark Kuipers

Position: Chief Director: Capacity Building (National Treasury)/Chairman (SCM Council)

Your organisation’s procurement expenditure: R800-million

Who does P & SM report to: Chief Financial Officer

Private sector or public sector: Public sector

Core business activity of the enterprise: Guiding and supporting the allocation of resources, fiscal discipline and managing public funds

Number of people in your P & SM organisation: 18 officials

Management motto: Together in excellence

Personal motto: I can do this

Membership of professional bodies: IRMSA and CIPS

What is your vision for P & SM: To deliver value and to support the organisation to perform optimally

Personal best achievement: The design of the OCPO and the delivery of the Financial Management Improvement Programme

Most important commodities: People

The person that has had the biggest influence on your life: My mother

The person that has had the biggest influence on your career: Nols du Plessis

The person that you would most like to meet: Paul David Hewson (Bono)

What do you like most about your job: Making a difference in people’s lives

Is there anything that you dislike about your job: The bureaucracy

The businessperson who has impressed you most: Richard Branson

Favourite quote: Our lives are the sum total of the choices we have made (Dr Wayne Dyer)

Your favourite South African organisation: Institute of Risk Management South Africa (IRMSA)

Your favourite global organisation: World Food Programme

Your philosophy about life: Every day is precious

Favourite reading: Suspense novels

Favourite music: Alternative Rock and Folk

Favourite sport: Cycling

Favourite website: McKinsey

Hobbies: Cycling

Car: BMW

Married: Yes, to Cindy

Children: Hannah, Lara and Stephen