Scope and Influence of Procurement and Supply (L4M1)

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Module Purpose
On completion of this module, learners will be able to identify the key stakeholders in the application of the sourcing process and analyse the procurement cycle, evaluating the influence that procurement and supply has as a source of added value for the organisation.

Module aim(s)
In any organisation, a significant proportion of costs are accounted for by the purchases of products and/or services, hence organisations see procurement and supply as a key contributor to their value added strategies. Equally, any organisation will also be managing the supply of products and/or services to their customers, be they internal or those from other external organisations, consumers or the general public. This module is designedusing the CIPS Procurement Cycle as its basis. It will provide those who are interested in developing an informed awareness of different perspectives or approaches within the discipline, an overview of the key stages associated with procurement and supply, and will serve as an introduction for those who are expected to address complex well-defined procurement and supply problems that are non-routine in nature.

Next steps
Joining a CIPS qualification programme means you will join the largest Institute in the world for those working in procurement and supply. You can join as a member online today. Once you've become a CIPS member you can book your examinations online.

    Learning outcomes

    1.0  Understand and analyse the added value that can be achieved through procurement and supply chain management

    1.1  Describe the categories of spend that an organisation may purchase

    • Definitions of procurement and purchasing and supply
    • Typical breakdown of organisational costs represented by procurements of goods, services or constructional works
    • Stock and non-stock procurements
    • Direct and indirect procurements
    • Capital purchases and operational expenditures
    • Services procurements

    1.2  Analyse the different sources of added value in procurement and supply

    • The five rights of procurement
    • Defining total life cycle costs or the total costs of ownership
    • Achieving quality, timescales, quantities and place considerations in procurements from external suppliers
    • Other sources of added value such as innovation, sustainability and market development
    • Defining value for money

    1.3  Compare the concepts of procurement and supply chain management

    • Definitions of procurement, supply chains, supply chain management and supply chain networks
    • Comparisons of supply chain management with procurement
    • Complex Supply Chains
    • Definitions of logistics and materials management
    1.4 Differentiate the stakeholders that a procurement orsupply chain function may have
    • Defining stakeholders
    • Examples of stakeholders for a procurement or supply chain function
    • Mapping stakeholders for a procurement or supply chain function

    2.0  Understand and analyse the key steps when procuring goods or services

    2.1  Explain the key aspects of the procurement cycle

    • The CIPS Procurement Cycle defining the stages of a generic sourcing process from identification of needs to contract award and implementation and end of life disposal
    • Differentiating between pre contract award and post contract award stages

    2.2  Analyse the key stages of a sourcing process

    • Stages of the sourcing process that relate to defining needs, creation of contract terms, supplier selection, contract award and contract or supplier management
    • The purpose and added value that is created by each of the stages of the sourcing process
    2.3  Explain how electronic systems can be used at different stages of the sourcing process
    • E-requisitioning, e-catalogues, e-ordering, e-sourcing and e-payment technologies
    • The impact of electronic purchase to pay (P2P) systems on the sourcing process
    2.4  Analyse the relationship between achievingcompliance with processes and the achievement of outcomes
    • Organisational needs for structured sourcing processes
    • The relationship between process compliance and the achievement of added value outcomes

    3.0  Understand and analyse the key aspects of organisational infrastructure that shape the scope of a procurement or supply chain function

    3.1  Explain key aspects of corporate governance of aprocurement or supply chain function

    • Conflicts of interest
    • The need for documented policies and proceduresfor procurement
    • Organisational accountability and reporting for procurement roles and functions
    • The status of procurement and supply chain management within organisations
    • Codes of ethics in procurement
    • The CIPS Code of Conduct

    3.2  Analyse the impact of organisational policies andprocedures on procurement

    • Aspects that can be included in procedures for procurement and supply such as responsibilities for procurement, regulations relating to competition,levels of delegated authority, responsibilities for the stages of the sourcing process, invoice clearance and payment
    • The use of procurement policies, procurement strategies and procurement manuals 
    • The involvement of internal functions and personnel in the sourcing process
    • Responsible Procurement and the International Labour Organisation core conventions
    3.3  Examine the different structures of a procurement or supply chain function
    • The use of centralised and devolved structures
    • Hybrid structures of a procurement or supply chain function (such as consortium structures, shared services, lead buyer structures, and outsourced) Interacting with people and building rapport
    • The need for customer service and value for money outcomes
    3.4  Explain the common IT systems that can be used by a procurement or supply chain function
    • P2P systems
    • Systems for inventory management
    • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) technologies
    • Communications systems for internal and external use

    4.0 Understand and analyse the need for compliance with requirements when undertaking procurement activities in different sectors

    4.1  Classify different economic and industrial sectors

    • Economic classifications including public and private sectors, charities, not-for-profit and third sector
    • Industrial classifications and sectors such as manufacturing, retail, construction, financial, agriculture and service
    4.2  Analyse the impact of the public sector on procurement or supply chain roles
    • Objectives of public sector organisations such as improving services, communities and corporate social responsibility
    • Regulations that impact on procurement and supply chain operations
    • Need for competition, public accountability and value for money
    4.3  Examine the impact of the private sector onprocurement or supply chain roles
    • Objectives of private sector organisations such as profitability, market share, shareholder value and corporate social responsibility
    • Regulations that impact on procurement and supply chain operations
    • The importance and role of branding
    4.4  Examine the impact of the not-for-profit or thirdsector on procurement or supply chain roles
    • Objectives of the not-for-profit or third sector
    • Regulations impacting on charities
    • Need for regulated procurement exercises

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