Supply Chain Management

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Introduction to Supply Chain Management

Course duration: 2 Days

Course Running Order

Introduction to Supply Chain concepts

  • Concepts – supply chain management, materials management, logistics, and purchasing
  • Commercial Concepts – competitive advantage, added value, business goals and objectives
  • Lean thinking and supply chain management

The role of procurement

  • Procurements’ ‘fit’ with the overall business
  • Purchase spend as a percentage of total cost of operation
  • Impact of supply chain performance on overall business efficiencies
  • Purchasing as a risk management and cost reduction activity

How procurement adds value in the supply chain

  • Segmenting organisational expenditures
  • Defining how we add value in each segment of our spend portfolio
  • Leveraging, partnering, managing for security, and routine purchases
  • Deciding on the right kind of relationship for each purchase
  • Setting up our activities to maximise our value added

Designing supply chains

  • 7 key steps in supply chain design
  • Supply chain mapping
  • Tiering in supply chains
  • Seeing supply chains as competing networks


  • The impact of E-commerce on SCM
  • Typical approaches to the use of E-commerce
  • E-auctions when and how to use them

Course Objectives

To give new teams and teams seeking development an overview of the current practices and issue affecting supply chains. The programme has a practical thrust that aims to allow attendees to introduce practical tools and techniques covered on the programme within their work environment

Who should attend?

The course would suit new starters and practitioners who have limited previous experience in the procurement profession
Delegates will be gain an overview of how modern procurement fits within the overall objectives of their business. They will learn the concept of value added activity and how to apply this style of thinking in their pursuit of procurement activities.

Categorised in: Supervisory & Management