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PDO in Contracting and Procurement First
Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) has become the first company in the Sultanate to sponsor and complete a prestigious global professional qualification in the field of supply chain management.
Ten staff in the Company’s Finance Directorate have attained full membership of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (MCIPS) by passing the CIPS Corporate Award programme, which was imported by PDO in 2015 and delivered in-house. The qualification is recognised as a global badge of excellence.
The CIPS is a UK-based international organisation serving the procurement and supply profession, which is dedicated to promote and develop high standards of professional skill, ability and integrity among all those engaged in procurement and supply chain management. PDO Managing Director Raoul Restucci said: “Our vision is: ‘to be renowned and respected for the excellence of our people and the value we create for Oman and all our stakeholders.’
“Our Contracting and Procurement (C&P) function plays a pivotal role in that aspiration, as it is responsible for ensuring that PDO secures the best value for money from our C&P activities, thereby contributing significantly to Oman’s economy, growth and future development.
“In order to do that, it is important to enhance and develop the capabilities of our people, providing the best learning opportunities to global standards. 
“I am delighted that our staff have taken the opportunity to further knowledge and add value by securing the CIPS qualification.”
The CIPS corporate award programme consists of two levels – practitioner and advanced - with each level consisting of five modules. The final assessment is a 10,000-word, work-based project which staff must complete over a six-month period.
Eighteen PDO employees are currently enrolled in the programme, and the second batch is scheduled to complete it in 2019.
PDO Finance Director Haifa Al Khaifi said: “It is important that we maintain and build a competent workforce to meet the ever-changing demands of our times and to deal with the challenges of working in a dynamic organisation where cost control is essential.
“The CIPS Award programme provides access to leading practices and global standards which help us benchmark our practices with others, and I am so pleased PDO staff have passed it with flying colours.
“We aim to increase the number of our CIPS qualified staff, and will continue to support the on-going development of our employees as this also contributes to the development of Oman.”