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Continuous Improvement

Continuous Improvement also known as 'Kaizen' means 'change for the better' and encompasses all people, products, services and processes in an organisation. It consists of making continual small improvements rather than big changes at irregular intervals, requiring close monitoring and control and ideally inbuilt in the organisations culture.

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    Developing and Managing Contracts

    Developing the contract allows both parties to fully understand their obligations and key success criteria as part of the agreement, forming the foundation to manage the contract and relationship effectively.

    Contract terms
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    Contracts with external organisations
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    Developing a standard purchase order for goods or services
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    Formation of contracts
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    Fundamentals of specifications and key performance indicators
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    Implications of contractual non-performance
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    Interpreting data relating to the workflow involved in procurement and supply
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    Legal issues relating to the formation of contracts
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    Performance improvement
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    The main approaches in negotiating commercial agreements with external organisations
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    The main components of contractual agreements
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    The main performance measure of the supply chain
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    The procurement process
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    Understand the legal aspects relating to the performance of contracts
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    Understand the main approaches to achieve the management of contracts
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      eCommerce / Systems

      E-Commerce systems are an effective and efficient way of communicating and a convenient way of conducting business. They are widely used by organisations to buy and sell products and can utilise technologies such as mobile commerce, electronic funds transfer, supply chain management, Internet marketing, online transaction processing, electronic data interchange (EDI), inventory management systems and automated data collection systems.

      The impact of technology on procurement operations
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      The main sources of information on suppliers and customers
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      The main types of systems for supplier selection, ordering and payment
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        Efficiency

        Efficiency is the degree to which something is done well or without wasted energy or effort. By definition it is therefore typically a measurable concept, quantitatively determined by the ratio of output to input.

        The rights of procurement
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          External Environment

          A business does not exist in isolation and can be influenced by other factors outside of their control; this is typically referred to as their ‘external environment’. The external environment consists of competitors, the economic, social, monetary system and the political/legal system.

          Compliance within the sourcing process
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          Formation of contracts
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          The main regulations in procurement and supply Find out more

            Operations Management

            Operations Management is responsible for the design and management of products, processes, services and supply chains.

            It is their responsibility to ensure that business operations run efficiently, using as few resources as possible whilst achieving their customer requirements. Operations management controls the process that converts inputs such as material, labour and energy into outputs in the forms of good and/or services.

            Improving operations management
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            Planning and control in operations management
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            The concept of operations management
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            The design of operations management
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            The main approaches to achieving timely deliveries of products and services
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            The main implications of purchasing and supply inventory
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            The main methods for the storage and movement of inventory
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            The main techniques used for ordering supplies
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            The principles of transportation in logistics
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              People and Skills

              People are the key and most important resource in the organisation and translate other resources into added value. Organisations achieve their objectives through people therefore strategic and operational management and development of this resource is crucial to ensure people feel valued and businesses retain the right skill set.

              Approaches to managing work groups or teams Find out more
              Communication and influencing Find out more
              Contracting issues for major programmes and projects Find out more
              Creating a sourcing or category plan Find out more
              Implementation planning Find out more
              Leadership skills and behaviours Find out more
              Leading change in the supply chain Find out more
              Managing individuals Find out more
              Managing skills and knowledge requirements Find out more
              Marketing procurement and competitive advantage Find out more
              Overcoming challenges when managing procurement and supply Find out more
              Project management and risk Find out more
              The main approaches for conflict resolution in procurement and supply Find out more
              The main approaches to the control of major programmes and projects Find out more
              The main approaches to the planning of major programmes and projects Find out more
              The main financial aspects that affect supply chains Find out more

                Procurement Organisation

                Looks at issues including supply chain governance and carbon/climate.

                  Approaches to managing work groups or teams
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                  Delivering effective customer service to improve workflow in procurement and supply Find out more
                  Ethical codes of practice in procurement and supply Find out more
                  How products and services are received from suppliers and delivered to customers
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                  Management and organisational behaviour Find out more
                  Managing individuals Find out more
                  Managing skills and knowledge requirements Find out more
                  Procurement and organisational relationships Find out more
                  Procurement in different sectors Find out more
                  Structuring and supporting the procurement function Find out more
                  The main approaches for conflict resolution in procurement and supply Find out more
                  The main elements of a procurement and supply function Find out more
                  The main market factors that impact on a procurement and supply function Find out more
                  The main stakeholders in procurement and supply Find out more
                  The main types of organisation and how they operate Find out more
                  The role of procurement and supply within organisations Find out more

                  Risk / Mitigation

                  Risk management within the procurement arena involves understanding risks that can impact an organisation and implementing strategies to mitigate and manage those risks.

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                    Identifying and evaluating risks Find out more
                    Processes for managing risks Find out more
                    Project management and risk Find out more

                    SRM and SC Management

                    Supplier relationship management (SRM) involves managing the interfaces between organisations supplying goods and/or services to an organisation in order to maximize their value. Supply chain management (SCM) involves managing the flow of goods.

                    Commercial relationships
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                    Effective supply chain management
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                    How procurement and supply chain management adds value
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                    Planning supply chain advantage
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                    Relationships in supply chains
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                    Supplier development
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                    Supply chain design and strategy
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                    Supply chain improvement
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                    Supply chain management
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                    The dynamics of supply chains
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                    The main aspects of the corporate environment and their impact on supply chains
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                    The main implications of globalisation on supply chain management
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                    Understand the main techniques for the management of contracts and suppliers
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                      Strategy and Policy

                      A procurement policy refers to a statement or set of guiding rules or principles covering how procurement should be managed within an organisation.

                      A procurement strategy is an action plan from which the direction of resources will be organised and utilised to implement that policy and achieve the desired objectives.

                        Aligning strategic supply chain management and corporate strategy Find out more
                        Conducting commercial negotiations Find out more
                        Developing the business case for sourcing requirements from external suppliers Find out more
                        Fundamentals of specifications and key performance indicators Find out more
                        Leading change in the supply chain Find out more
                        Main approaches in negotiating commercial agreements with external organisations Find out more
                        Overcoming challenges when managing procurement and supply Find out more
                        Peparing for negotiations with external organisations Find out more
                        Procurement in different sectors Find out more
                        Strategy formulation Find out more
                        Structuring and supporting the procurement function Find out more
                        The concepts of corporate strategy Find out more

                        Supplier / Bid / Tender Evaluation

                        Supplier evaluation is a procurement process of evaluating and approving existing and potential suppliers by quantitative assessment against specific business criteria.

                        Effective and efficient administration of purchases made with external suppliers
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                        Preparing to source from external suppliers
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                        Sourcing processes
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                        The procurement process
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                        Understanding options for sourcing
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                          Sustainability

                          Sustainability in procurement terms takes into account social, economic and environmental factors alongside the typical price and quality considerations when procuring products and services. Sustainable procurement helps organisations to eliminate waste, become more energy efficient and inevitably save money.

                          Ethical codes of practice in procurement and supply
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                            Understand Need - Market and Options Assessment

                            It is integral for procurement to understand the needs of the business and the status of the supply market, an in depth internal analysis and market analysis is therefore required.

                            Approaches to strategic sourcing and category management Find out more
                            Compliance within the sourcing process Find out more
                            Creating a sourcing or category plan Find out more
                            Fundamentals of specifications and key performance indicators Find out more
                            Implementation planning Find out more
                            Market forces that impact on procurement and supply Find out more
                            Preparing to source from external suppliers Find out more
                            Sourcing processes Find out more
                            The main sources of information on suppliers and customers Find out more
                            The main stages of the sourcing process Find out more
                            The main tasks associated with each stage of the sourcing process Find out more
                            The rights of procurement Find out more
                            The workflow involved when making agreements with suppliers Find out more
                            Understanding options for sourcing Find out more
                            Understanding outsourcing Find out more