DIPLOMA IN PROCUREMENT & SUPPLY – CIPS LEVEL 4
Supply Chain Management
The Level 4 Diploma is a valuable management tool for those moving into junior and middle management procurement roles or those supervising the procurement function to provide the relevant knowledge, skills and understanding. It focuses on organisational procedures and processes including negotiating, planning, risk management and data analysis.
This qualification is designed for those working within the following typical job titles; Buyer, Procurement/purchasing executive, Procurement specialist, Contract officer, Supply chain/ inventory/logistics analyst, Supply chain/ inventory/logistics planner.
There are no age restrictions in relation to this qualification
The aim of this course is to provide participants with:
• A clear understanding of the principles of effective public procurement, the generic procurement process and the role of corporate and transactional procurement
• The capability to plan, implement and evaluate a sourcing process appropriate to the value/risk of the category being procured
• Knowledge of what rules and procedures govern UN and public procurement – and why they exist
By the end of the programme, participants will be able to:
• Describe the principles of effective procurement, the UN procurement process, and the role of procurement
• Understand the activities associated with effective procurement projects
• Conduct procurement planning and stakeholder management
• Write specifications and effective terms of reference (TOR)
• Choose appropriate procurement methods (RFQ, ITB, RFP)
• Select advertisement method and type of competition
• Understand do’s and don’ts when drafting bidding documents
• Invite and evaluate bids and proposals
• Practise ethics and integrity in procurement
• Understand what rules and procedures apply to UN and public procurement
• Appreciate the relevance of these rules and understand why they exist
Who should attend ?
- Buyer / Senior Buyer / Chief Buyer
- Purchasing Manager / Procurement Manager
- Procurement Executive / Purchasing Executive
- Contract Manager/Category Manager/Logistics Manager
- Commercial/Supply Chain Director
The CIPS Level 4 Diploma course comprises of 5 Units, which are delivered using a blend of group interaction, case studies and role plays. We have a clear objective which is to ensure students are able to relate the learning to practical experience in the workplace.
The CIPS Level 4 Diploma provides natural progression following successful completion of the CIPS Level 3 Advanced Certificate, but it is not essential to join this programme. You can enter the CIPS learning ladder at the CIPS Diploma Level 4 if you are a buyer looking to go into management or if you have at least 2 years’ professional experience in a purchasing, procurement or supply chain role.
This course provides a valuable management tool for those moving into junior and middle management procurement roles or those supervising the procurement function. It focuses on organisational procedures and processes including negotiation, planning, risk management and data analysis.
Unit D1 Contexts – Four exam questions each worth 25 marks, each testing a different learning outcome.
Unit D2 Business needs – Four exam questions each worth 25 marks, each testing a different learning outcome.
Unit D3 Sourcing – Unseen case of around 500 words and five questions each worth 20 marks, each testing a different learning outcome. Questions should be answered within the context of the case.
Unit D4 Negotiating and contracting- Four exam questions each worth 25 marks, each testing a different learning outcome.
Unit D5 Managing contracts and relationships – Four exam questions each worth 25 marks, each testing a different learning outcome.
Courses Contents & Units
The Diploma course comprises of 5 Units, which are delivered using a blend of group interaction, case studies and role plays. We have a clear objective which is to ensure students are able to relate the learning to practical experience in the workplace.
The five units at this level are:
- Unit D1. Contexts of Procurement & Supply – The Sourcing process i.e. tendering, added value of each stage. Policies and procedures. Emphasis on systems – P2P & ERP.
- Unit D2. Business Needs in Procurement & Supply – Types of purchases. Market data and dialogue, Business cases/financial budgets. Specifications. KPIs, contract terms. Pricing arrangements. Development of outsourcing.
- Unit D3. Sourcing in Procurement & Supply – Intra-company trading/transfer pricing. Selection/award criteria. SMEs, 3rd sector, fair trade. Financial appraisal. Data, e-requisitions, e-catalogues. Safety and Standards.
- Unit D4. Negotiating & Contracting in Procurement & Supply – Frameworks/mini competitions. Information gathering. Costing, price negotiation. Macro and micro economics.
- Unit D5 Managing Contracts & Relationships in Procurement & Supply – Environmental analysis. Relationships as a process. Contract terms and limits of liability. Data on the performance of contracts. Responsibilities for contract management. Contract management vs. SRM. Quality improvement.
CIPS LEVEL 2