Logistics Courses & Business Education - Business Management Courses  -  Strategic Purchasing for Supply Chain Professionals

Strategic Purchasing for Supply Chain Professionals provides purchasers of transportation and related ancillary services with the knowledge and tools to generate more value across the entire buying process and afterward. Beginning with the RFI/RFP process and continuing through the establishment of criteria, negotiation, risk management, and the creation of KPIs, Strategic Purchasing gives learners best practices and practical, proven techniques for navigating this complex process.  

This frequently requested course addresses a significant need in industry; businesses and professionals recognize the importance of buying and vendor selection, but very few have received formal training or professional development in the process.  

Strategic Purchasing teaches learners established tools and processes in both theory and practical application, in a combination of case studies, analysis assignmentsrole-play, and more.  

By the end of the course, learners will be able to create significant value in the entire buying process via a thoughtful, robust selection process that minimizes risk and maximizes strategic alignment, transparency, and accountability.  

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Register now to take Strategic Purchasing for Supply Chain Professionals online starting Jan 23 - Apr 15, 2023 
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Course grads will be able to: 

  • Draft a strategically sound RFP by defining requirements and being aware of critical considerations 

  • Establish supplier criteria using best practice evaluation methods and selection processes  

  • Contract effectively by overcoming common roadblocks and knowing provisions to investigate 

  • Generate value in contract negotiations by using a negotiation strategy and using principles of effective negotiation 

  • Understand the full spectrum of acquisition costs by modeling sourcing options and identifying hidden costs in various sourcing scenarios 

  • Distinguish best value from lowest cost  

  • Create the right KPIs that align with your strategic objectives, in both leading and lagging measures  

  • Manage and mitigate risk by using risk analysis techniques and understanding various forms of sourcing risk

  • Generate tangible value and advance organizational objectives by approaching the entire buying process with strategic insight and best practices. 

Click here to register for Ethics and Sustainability in the Supply Chain now

Register now to take Strategic Purchasing for Supply Chain Professionals online starting Jan 23 - Apr 15, 2023 
You can also register by phone, fax or mail 

About the Facilitator:

Warren Sarafinchan, CCLP, Partner, Lighthouse Nine Group​​

Warren Sarafinchan is a CITT-Certified Logistics Professional with over twenty-five years of experience working in Supply Chain, IT and Sales. Most recently, he was the Executive Vice President, Sales / Supply Chain for SunRype Products. Prior to this role, he worked for organizations such as Mars Canada, Labatt Breweries and Maple Leaf Foods. Warren has lead transformational initiatives ranging from Supply Chain re-designs and ERP implementations to enabling organizations with new skillsets in commercial negotiation and employee engagement. Currently, Warren works with his clients across a broad spectrum of engagements including Supply Chain design and optimization, business strategy, executive coaching as well as professional development and advisory services in commercial negotiation.

Course Fee:

The fee for Strategic Purchasing for Supply Chain Professionals is $850 plus applicable tax.

International students pay an additional fee of $125 plus 5% GST per course. There are no refunds issued for courses taken directly through CITT once your registration and payment has been received and processed.

Course Materials:

All materials required to complete Strategic Purchasing for Supply Chain Professionals are accessible online through the course site. There are no textbooks required for this course.

This course does include an interactive assignment that will require an internet connection with sufficient bandwidth to participate in video or voice calls. Learners who do not have access to an internet connection with sufficient bandwidth have the option to complete this assignment using a traditional phone line. Any costs associated with connecting for this assignment are the responsibility of the learner. 

Course Work and Final Exam:

This online course consists of weekly readings, discussions, and quizzes. You will also have videos and practice opportunities to support your learning. All learning activities and materials are cumulative and designed to incrementally build your knowledge and skills, so it's important that you review all resources provided. Discussions and role-plays provide opportunities to apply the knowledge and skills you are learning.

Multiple Choice Quizzes (30%)

Students complete 6 short quizzes throughout the course of the semester. Each quiz is due at 11:59 pm ET on the published due date. Quizzes can be completed early for learners who need to plan ahead for business travel, vacations or other commitments, but must be completed before their individual deadlines.

Group Discussions (10%)

Each week, students will participate in online group discussions. These online discussions engage students in reflection, dialogue and debate, challenge you to apply the course material in real-world business scenarios.

Case Study & Role Play (20%)

During the course of the semester, learners will complete two role-playing exercises to practice the skills learned. Learners will schedule their role-playing exercise with the facilitator no later than one week prior to the due date.

Final Exam (40%)

The final examination will be completed on-line between Nov 24th to 28th. It consists of multiple-choice and long-answer questions and you will have two and one-half hours (2.5 hrs) to complete it.

Learning Assessment & Grades

Grades are reported as Honours, Pass, or Fail. To obtain a Pass, learners must earn a minimum grade of 50%. To achieve Honours, learners must earn a total grade of 80% or higher.

The final grade is assessed based on both term work and the final examination, as follows:

  • Multiple Choice Quizzes - 30% of final mark
  • Group Discussion Assignments - 10% of final mark
  • Business Case & Role Play (2) - 20% of final mark
  • Online Final Exam - 40% of final mark

Within approximately one month after the final exam, you will receive your course results from CITT.


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