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Frequently asked questions

  • Procurement is the process of acquiring goods, services, or works from an external source for a business. It involves the entire process from identifying a need, selecting a supplier, negotiating contracts, and managing the supplier relationship.

  • A procurement manager is responsible for managing the procurement process for a business. They develop procurement strategies, negotiate contracts, manage supplier relationships, and ensure compliance with regulations and policies.

  • To get into procurement, gaining experience in a related field such as purchasing, supply chain management or logistics can be helpful. A degree in business, economics, or a related field is also advantageous.

  • Procurement jobs include procurement manager, purchasing manager, procurement specialist, sourcing analyst, contract manager, and supplier relationship manager. These roles can be found in various industries such as manufacturing, healthcare, government, and retail.

  • While a qualification in procurement is not always necessary, it can be beneficial to have a relevant degree or certification such as CIPS (Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply) to demonstrate knowledge and competence in procurement. Many employers also provide training and development opportunities for their procurement staff.

Purchasing and Procurement Courses

As a buyer, you must be well-aware of the purchasing process in its entirety as well as of the multitude of factors which define it, such as administrative aspects, legal implications and processes and economic principles and guidelines. With intense global reach, and competition, buyers must be experts in product knowledge, business law and everything in between. Training and courses in purchasing and procurement incorporate case study scenarios to teach delegates the best practice and pitfalls of purchasing.

When it comes to purchasing, knowledge is power. Procurement courses and purchasing training will help delegates to develop their skills in procurement processes and business law as well as tips and techniques in developing detailed knowledge of their products or services and of their competition. On the other hand, interpersonal skills play a significant role in gaining access to the right goods and services, at a good price. With training in communications and negotiation, delegates will become better able to build relationships with suppliers, build a value-creating network with other organisations and negotiate for the best deal. Further, knowledge of IT systems is becoming more and more important, as procurements are increasingly being done electronically.

Common delivery formats of procurement courses

Procurement courses and purchasing training is available online and in-person for both individuals and groups.

Online procurement courses are available both on-demand and in a virtual classroom format. On-demand procurement training usually takes place entirely at your own pace. You can take a module whenever it's convenient and finish the course at your own pace. Virtual classroom procurement training will be led by a facilitator in real time and this format usually includes break-out sessions where you will interact with your classmates.

In-person procurement courses will either be scheduled at a set location near you or will be bookable for a team and delivered by the trainer in-house. In-house training is often the most effective and cost-efficient option if you are looking for training for a group of employees - but it's also worth talking to your chosen provider about remote training options for groups