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Introduction to supply chains


Introduction to supply chains 

CPDUnderstand your supplier relationships and their impact on your role


By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the implications of different definitions and types of supply chains and the possible impact of these on your role
  • Use a variety of models and techniques to begin to create a new approach to organisational relationships
  • Strengthen your relationships with suppliers and understand how best to manage your network of supply chains.
Date: Wednesday 27 September 2017
Venue: De Vere Colmore Gate
Fee: Members - £270.00 per person
  Non-members - £300.00 per person


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Is it right for me?


Supply chain activities transform natural resources and components into a finished product that is delivered to the end customer, and include the possibility of recycling residual value back into the system.  

This one-day course explores the characteristics of buyers and suppliers, how to build appropriate connections between them and how the network of supply chains can be best managed.  Designed for those working in tactical or operational roles who are interested in moving into more managerial positions, you will be provided with models and techniques to classify your supplier base and understand the relationships between different tiers of suppliers, enabling you to begin to create a new approach to organisational relationships.


What key points will the training cover?


  • Characteristics of buyers and suppliers
  • Classifying your supply chain
  • Understanding the relationships between different tiers of suppliers
  • Building appropriate connections
  • Developing individual supplier/buyer relationships
  • The importance of value chains within supply chains
  • Managing the network of supply chains.


CIPS Direct Associates are appointed for their extensive knowledge and experience in the procurement and supply sector.  The tutor for this course has been specially selected for their particular skills and expertise in the subject area.  This is a crucial part of CIPS' ongoing commitment to ensure all of our delegates have a high-quality, informative and enjoyable learning experience.


Member: £270 (excl. VAT)

Non-member: £300 (excl. VAT)


Fee includes:

Lunch, refreshments and all course materials


Inclusive e-learning:

Commercial relationships


27 September 2016
De Vere Colmore Gate, Birmingham


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