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Mentoring is a brain to pick, a ear to listen, and a push in the right direction
- John Crosby

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about the programme...

Mentoring is a dynamic partnership where a more experienced person advises, counsels and guides the personal development of another. It’s great example of how you can lead, inspire and develop our emerging Procurement talent.

The New Zealand Procurement Excellence Forum Mentoring Programme is about connecting our Future Procurement Leaders with Experienced Procurement Leaders to create connections and relationships that can inspire and guide our top talent.


The main objective of mentoring is to help empower the Mentee to develop their own skills, strategies and capabilities. Mentoring encourages and supports the development of professional knowledge, competency, and high standards of performance. It accelerates learning and development, builds confidence and competence and helps people tap into their potential. Many successful people can point to having had a mentor play a key role in their achievements through the mutual relationship.

Mentoring relationships can be short or long term; depending on the specific career aspirations and goals.

Mentoring Relationships are built around confidentiality and mutual trust between the mentor and mentee.  We encourage our Mentees and Mentors 

Through the application process; Mentees will be asked key questions around their location, stage in their career, location and their key objectives for the mentoring relationship.  

Both the mentor and mentee will be asked to sign the Confidentiality Agreement; confirming their commitment to the programme and agreeing to confidentiality.  Mentoring Tools can be found on the website to help get you started. 

We encourage our mentors/ees to meet in a relaxed environment away from the workplace; such as a local cafe. 

selection process...

The NZ Procurement Excellence Forum (“NZ PEF”) is committed to the development of the profession and the people working in it. In support of this Mentorship Programme the NZPEF has collated a register of Mentors, both from within and outside the sector.

The register provides a brief bio of these leaders / experts who have made themselves available for this program. Additionally, the NZ PEF requests that Mentees supply their profile details to be shared with a potential Mentor in support of the matching process.

5 Step matching process...Step by step process to establish your mentorship relationship:

Step 1: Mentee Expression of Interests: 

Emerging Procurement Talent can submit their expressions of interests by completing the Submission of Interest Form - Mentee.

This includes providing details of your aspirations and what you would like to get out of the relationship and agreeing to the Mentoring Confidentiality and Terms, protecting both our mentees and mentors. 

Step 2: Selecting the Mentor

  • The Mentee will receive a link to Register of NZPEF Mentors with their profile details

  • Review the available Mentor profiles and select their preferred Mentor

  • Contact the NZ PEF Mentoring Programme Coordinator at to advise of their preferred Mentor.

Step 3 – Mentor/Mentee Discussion

  • The NZPEF Programme Coordinator - will then advise the Mentor of the mentorship request, providing the Mentee’s brief profile and their contact details

  • The Mentor - will contact the Mentee to discuss the opportunity and confirm acceptance or non-acceptance of the Mentorship relationship.

Step 4 – Mentoring Relationship Confirmation

The Mentee & Mentor would then:

  1. Notify the NZ PEF Mentoring Programme Coordinator to confirm the outcome at

  2. Embark on their Mentorship relationship.


Step 5 - Managing the Relationship

  • Occasionally NZ PEF will check on how things are going with Mentors and Mentees, e.g., via a survey or a call, and identify any benefits/news stories to share

  • Tools will be made available via the website to support the Mentor / Mentee relationships

  • Virtual drop-in sessions will be arranged for collaboration/sharing experiences.

  • News updates on the programme will be communicated on the website and via Linked In for example any success stories, promotion of the programme.

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