Introduction to supply chain management

A one-day workshop

This comprehensive one-day programme has been designed to provide participants with an overview of basic supply chain principles and concepts and to identify potential opportunities for reducing costs, minimising risks and adding value across the supply chain.

This could include reducing inventory, procurement, transport and storage costs.

Fundamentally, the object of the programme is to empower participants to be able to collaborate with all key stakeholders across the supply chain.

Learning objectives

This course will help participants:

  • Appreciate the importance of the supply chain as a source of competitive advantage
  • Understand the tools and techniques available to improve supply chain performance
  • Analyse and mitigate risks across the supply chain
  • Identify opportunities for improvements in their respective supply chains
  • Demonstrate competence in the pro-active management of the supply chain

Who should attend?

This course is designed for all those who have direct or indirect responsibility for the effective management of supply chains. It would also be useful for those new to supply chain management. It is relevant to supply chain managers, procurement managers, contract managers, transport and logistics managers, project managers and finance managers and to all those managers’ team member. This could also include those seeking a refresher in this subject.


The expert trainer adopts a proactive, participative, and participant-centred approach with emphasis on the practical application of the tools, techniques and templates discussed. The learning needs to be embedded into the fabric of the organisation and the trainer uses context-based case studies and other tasks to achieve this.

Special features

The content of this course has been cross-mapped with CIPS/ISM/IACCM competency frameworks and other relevant international standards and benchmarks.

The majority of the training we deliver is either tailored or completely bespoke. This workshop can therefore be delivered entirely as advertised, or it can be tailored to your particular requirements, or we can simply take it as a starting point for a conversation with you before we draft a completely bespoke programme for you – the choice is yours.

Expert trainer

Paul is an accomplished supply chain professional with specific expertise in the areas of procurement, supply management and supplier development. He is the author of ‘The Sustainable Business’ and co-author of ‘Practical Procurement’. He delivers commercial strategic benefits across a range of private and public sector markets and has positively influenced large blue chip organisations such as BAE Systems, Chevron Texaco, JP Morgan and Teliasonera International Carrier.

Paul is an experienced business manager who approaches all aspects of his work with a clear focus on the improvement of profit through cost reduction, development of markets in locations such as India and China, and improvement of skills in the workforce.

He is an experienced overseas operator and has undertaken projects in many diverse locations such as Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Angola, Indonesia, USA, China, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Sweden and Turkey.

Paul is a MCIPS, BTEC and IACCM trainer in procurement, supply chain and inventory management; he is a Prince2 qualified project manager and a Six Sigma Green Belt; and he is currently finalising his doctorate on sustainable design principles. He also has UK national security clearance.

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