Introduction to Procurement and Category Management

Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply
Course summary
1 day
300 GBP excl. VAT
Full time
Open / Scheduled
Next available date: 06/05/2020 - London
Course Dates
06/05/2020   (English)
300 GBP
14/09/2020   (English)
300 GBP
01/06/2020   (English)
300 GBP
08/07/2020   (English)
300 GBP
09/11/2020   (English)
300 GBP

Introduction to Procurement and Category Management

Introduction to Purchasing

Introduction to Procurement and Category Management

This Introduction to Procurement and Category Management course unravels the web of procurement and clarifies all stages of the procurement process to give candidates a comprehensive overview that allows them to achieve their desired results.

The 1-day interactive programme considers the basic tools and techniques used within a procurement and supply chain role. It will ensure that delegates know the end-to-end process, covering a range of key topics including:

  • The supply chain and its constituent elements
  • Developing specifications for key stakeholders
  • The fundamentals of the category management process
  • Supplier appraisal techniques
  • Tendering, documentation & alternative routes (RFQs/RFPs)
  • Post tender appraisal
  • Performance management vs. supplier management

A range of case studies and group exercises will support delegates' learning and ensure they develop the practical working knowledge necessary to be more successful in their roles.

Suitability - Who should attend?

The Introduction to Procurement and Category Management course is suitable for those in a junior procurement or supply chain role, as well as anyone who is new to the profession.

The course provides an excellent grounding in the fundamentals of the purchasing cycle and how each stage contributes to the effective management of the supply chain function.

Training Course Content

Course content includes:

Introduction to procurement and supply

  • Role and value-add of procurement
  • Category management
  • Supply chain management – how and why it differs

Planning and specifying the purchase

  • Planning procurement activities
  • Five ‘rights’ of procurement
  • Characteristics of different spend categories
  • Types of specification
  • Engaging suppliers in early discussion

Implementation and ethical considerations

  • Award, supplier performance management and ethics


The cost of this Introduction to Procurement and Category Management course is:

  • £270 + VAT CIPS members
  • £300 + VAT non-members

The fee includes:

  • comprehensive course materials to support new skills and knowledge back in the workplace
  • restaurant lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments

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I have expanded my knowledge on all aspects of Procurement and Category Management which is exactly why I attended the course. I have been able to implement these skills and improvements since and have already been able to streamline processes saving money and time.
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