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Purchasing and Procurement Courses

Purchasing, supply chain management and logistics are vital functions for businesses – successful purchasing and logistics departments can significantly enhance organisation's value offerings. Improve your business’ performance with high quality procurement courses.

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The opportunities of purchasing & logistics

To survive in an increasingly competitive market with increasing demands for continuous improvement, it is not enough for organisations to simply focus on cost reductions. Companies need to ensure all areas of business are operating cost-effectively and efficiently, and procurement is one of the most essential areas to consider.

Choosing the right supplier is important because it is often the start of a long-term relationship. Factors such as delivery time, product development, flexibility, interpersonal skills and service are increasingly important considerations. 

The purchasing departments include and affect many areas of a business such as finance, contracts, technical department, logistics management and much more. Every business will have areas where they can improve the efficiency of their purchases and save money.

Logistics refers to leading and controlling material flows and the related information, resources and monetary flows. The goal of logistics is to achieve the greatest potential efficiency through better service and lower costs, satisfying the various parties in a supply chain along the way. There are several different branches of logistics related to various professional groups. A number of procurement courses address each of the important steps in the procurement process.

Some courses that are related to and provide valuable skills associated with purchasing and procurement are:

  • Supply Chain Management
  • Negotiation
  • Communication skills
  • Logistics management

Delivery methods of procurement courses

Logistics, supply chain management and procurement courses come in a vast range of formats to suit you and your organisation. For instance, trainers can come to your office (in-house training), you can attend an open course with delegates from other companies, or you can take an online/distance course.

The procurement function in more detail

Those responsible for procurement need to have a good understanding of the administrative requirements, economic efficiencies, legal rules, and supplier relationships and they must have good good business acumen.

In recent times, the purchasing role has changed greatly, as has its organisational importance. As such, the strategic importance of the supply chain has increased, both within the state, municipal and private sector. Purchasing is now an essential strategic role in organisations, leading to big impacts on an organisation’s overall success.

In a world that is highly globalised, it is common for companies to have suppliers from other countries which makes supply chain management all the more tricky. This means that a whole host of other factors come in to play when dealing with these companies. For example, there could be language barriers, cultural differences, time zone differences, religious considerations, and how business is conducted could be vastly different. In order to ensure a good working relationship with these suppliers, you have to take these and many other factors into account.

Buyers are required to have a broad knowledge-base in a number of things from product knowledge, procurement, business law, SWOT awareness of the competition, and purchasing. Additionally, buyers need to have strong negotiating skills and great communication skills.

Know your own skill level and your own goals

Before taking a procurement course, consider your own proficiency and your ability and confidence to manage these functions in daily or business situations. The other essential consideration before deciding on training is to know your needs.

Take into account the areas you wish to improve in and note down any specific requirements you have in your role. Browse the different course proficiency levels and talk to the course providers about your goals and if they can focus on your professional area

Whatever your needs, you can be confident that the right procurement course will soon have you meeting your objectives.

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