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Introduction to procurement and category management


Introduction to procurement and category management 

CPDUnderstand the end-to-end process and gain a toolkit of practical procurement techniques


By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the basic fundamentals of the procurement cycle and how each phase contributes to the effective management of the supply chain function, enabling you to do your job better
  • Identify when to apply a range of purchasing tools and techniques
  • Understand the need for the involvement of procurement in specification development and build a basic understanding of the category sourcing process
  • Understand the importance of supplier appraisal, post-tender appraisal and developing relevant tender documents
  • Know the difference between performance and supplier relationship management


Early bird booking and package offers available - see 'fee' tab for details.

Date: Monday 02 July 2018
Venue: Novotel London Wembley
Fee: Members - £270.00 per person
  Non-members - £300.00 per person


1 Places left - Booking ends on Sunday 24 June 2018


Is it right for me?


This interactive one-day training course considers fundamental elements of the procurement process together with basic tools and techniques used within procurement and supply. It provides an excellent grounding in procurement basics and is designed for those in a junior procurement/supply chain role or those new to the discipline.


What key points will the training cover?


  • Introduction to procurement and supply
    - Role and value-add of procurement
    - Supply chain management - how and why it differs
    - Procurement cycle
  • Planning and specifying the purchase
    - Planning the procurement activities
    - Five 'rights' of procurement
    - Types of specification
    - Engaging suppliers in early discussion
  • Managing the competitive bid process
    - Supplier selection
    - The tendering/RFP process
    - Evaluation criteria
  • Implementation and ethical considerations
    - Making the award
    - Supplier performance management [vendor rating]
    - Procurement ethics


CIPS Direct Associates are appointed for their extensive knowledge and experience in the procurement and supply sector.  The tutor for this course has been specially selected for their particular skills and expertise in the subject area.  This is a crucial part of CIPS' ongoing commitment to ensure all of our delegates have a high-quality, informative and enjoyable learning experience.


Member: £270 (excl. VAT)

Non-member: £300 (excl. VAT)


Early bird booking:
Make your booking early and receive a 10% discount on the standard price (above).

Conditions apply.  See 'venue' tab for individual closing dates.

Early bird booking:  Make your booking early and receive a 10% discount on the standard price (above).  Conditions apply.  See 'venue' tab for individual closing dates.


Fee includes:

Lunch, refreshments and all course materials


Inclusive e-learning:

Compliance in sourcing



Book this course with Introduction to negotiation or Introduction to contracts or Introduction to contract management 
£450 + VAT for members or £500 + VAT for non-members

Book all four courses
£855 + VAT for members or £950 + VAT for non-members


2 July 2018
Novotel Wembley, London


12 September 2018
Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh
(Early bird closing date: 13 July 2018)


2 October 2018
DoubleTree by Hilton, Bristol City Centre
(Early bird closing date: 3 August 2018)


22 October 2018
Radisson Blu Hotel, Manchester Airport
(Early bird closing date: 24 August 2018)


14 November 2018
De Vere Colmore Gate, Birmingham
(Early bird closing date: 14 September 2018)


11 December 2018
Novotel Wembley, London
(Early bird closing date: 12 October 2018)


If you require accommodation for the night before this event, please contact the CIPS Accommodation Line on +44 (0)1780 484052.  All accounts must be settled in full on departure from the venue.

If your query is regarding course details (content, timings, costs, etc.), please contact ukskills@cips.org or call +44 (0)1780 761476.

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