Short Procurement Courses (One Day)

We offer introductory courses designed for those with little to no experience, and more advanced courses focusing on specialist areas.

Developing Purchasing & Supply Skills with 1 Day CPD Courses

SR Supply Chain Consultants Ltd has contributed to developing the skills of those working in purchasing and supply for many years. Through our work within the industry we have developed a range of short courses specifically aimed at individual’s continuous professional development (CPD). Our courses range from basic introductions in key areas, to more detailed, specific skills.

As a Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) Centre of Excellence all courses are developed in-line with current thinking and best practice.

Our trainers are practitioners with a wealth of procurement knowledge offering real life examples applying best practice in the workplace

Short purchasing courses are the perfect introduction

These courses have been designed to give a basic introduction to effective and efficient purchasing.  As a Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) Centre of Excellence all courses are developed in-line with current thinking and best practice.

All our trainers are practitioners who offer a wealth of procurement knowledge and can offer real life examples on how best practice can be applied in the workplace.

Our short procurement courses

Responsible and Sustainable Procurement

Procurement is in control of the supply chain, as well as supplier appraisals and selection. When it comes to the modern environment, efficient and effective supply chains provide competitive advantage and value. As a result, it’s crucial that supplier selection is undertaken in a diligent manner and the Triple Bottom Line, (People, Profit, Planet) is adhered to. Furthermore, modern slavery must be eliminated from our supply chains, with local and SME suppliers considered, as we embrace social value, under the umbrella of responsible procurement.

Stakeholder Management for Procurement Professionals

Communication skills play a significant role in all supplier relationships when it comes to success. The fundamental purpose of this course is to provide delegates with a set of skills and techniques to assist them effectively with engagement and management of all types of stakeholders (both external and internal).

Introduction to Negotiation

Introduction to Negotiation Skills Training negotiation takes place consistently during all of our waking hours. This Introduction to Negotiation course, will provide participants with an understanding that we can all be adept at negotiating as effectively, negotiation follows a process which can be continually improved upon. The delegates will learn the stages of the process and be provided with vital tools and techniques to maximise their opportunity for success in any negotiation situation.

Improving your negotiation Skills

This course is designed to support existing negotiators as they look to improve and enhance their skills, by reviewing key tools and techniques relating to negotiation preparation. More importantly, delegates will gain further understanding of the behavioural side of negotiations, which is vitally important to success. Additionally, this course will provide delegates with a safe environment to practice their skills through a range of role play scenarios throughout the duration of the course.

Introduction to Category Management

Best practice procurement will always align with a procurement category management structure and strategy. This Introduction to Category Management course provides all delegates with the necessary tools and techniques that will enable them to develop and implement an effective and comprehensive category strategy.

Effective Inventory Management and Forecasting

In a world where “cash is king”, the challenge for the inventory manager is to consistently achieve high service levels (stock availability) with the lowest possible stock value! Participants of this course will be equipped with the tools and techniques to optimise their performance and supported to thoroughly understand the role of the inventory manager.

Effective Contract and Supplier Management

Effective and strategic supplier management is vital when it comes to the success of supply chain management. Significant value can be added or lost if a supplier is not managed effectively and therefore, the value developed in a contract will not be delivered fully if supplier management is not effective. This course will educate and inform participants with relation to the value and necessity of effective supplier / contract management. Concentrating on Supplier Performance Management (SPM), KPIs, SLAs, measures and control methods - we will move on to supplier relationship Management (SRM). From this, we will enable delegates to understand where this is appropriate, and how added value beyond the contract requirements can be extracted through working together with key supplier partners

Advanced Negotiation Skills Training

During a negotiation, you may need to “borrow” certain behaviour styles that do not come naturally to you, in order to achieve a result. Undertaking our Advanced Negotiation Skills Training course, will remarkably increase your own self awareness and enable you to fully understand your “go to” negotiation style. Making good use of the Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI) tool through a comprehensive range of assessments and exercises, you will understand your own core values, and what motivates you. More significantly, you will foster the ability to be able to “read” others and be able to influence negotiation situations where appropriate.

Preventing Modern Day Slavery in your Supply Chain

Studies suggest that more than 40 million people are enslaved around the globe, across over 100 countries, with the UK being in the top 6 countries of origin. This course is designed to enabled all delegates to understand in full, Modern Day Slavery and the 2015 Act, as well as how it affects all organisations and their procurement activity. Further to this, the course covers what your organisation can do to eliminate modern day slavery from your supply chain and how to implement preventative measures. All delegates will be provided with vital tools, models, techniques and processes, which can be implemented on their return to their organisation.

Managing and Mitigating Risk in your Supply Chain

You can significantly improve commercial awareness in relation to your supply chain and procurement team through providing excellent and thorough commercial overviews. In addition to this, you can take advantage of introductions to a range of market analysis tools and techniques, which are key for all supply chain and procurement practitioners. All delegates will gain essential value from this course, as you delve into key insights into stakeholder management, utilising internationally renowned models that will provide strong future development within your organisation.

Commercial Awareness for the Supply Chain and Procurement team

Drastically improve the Commercial Awareness of your Procurement and Supply Chain teams! Through providing excellent, comprehensive commercial overviews and introductions to a range of Market analysis tools and techniques, essential for all Supply Chain and Procurement practitioners – this course is truly valuable for all delegates. Together with key insights into Stakeholder Management utilising globally renowned models, this course will equip delegates well for their future development within their Organisation.

Finance for the Procurement and Supply Chain Team

All practitioners in any procurement and supply chain role require a strong understanding of all the financial aspects which can impact upon their role. Key elements of this course include the fundamentals of accounting, annual reporting, profit and loss, balance sheets, the principles of costing and pricing, as well as ratio analysis.

Understanding the Legal Aspects of Procurement

Although in an ideal world all things legal would be left to the “legal department”, not every company and organisation have the necessary department. Consequently, it is crucial that all members of the procurement/buying team have a clear understanding of contract and commercial law. This course offers delegates a strong introductory understanding of the legal aspects relating to procurement.

Specification Writing

The day is structured around real-life examples of best practice. This interactive specification writing training course will provide you with the key skills, structure and strategy to ensure you produce successful specifications every time.

Introduction to Public Sector Procurement

Specifically designed for the UK public sector, this introduction to Public Sector Procurement training course has been created to help anyone who is looking to enhance and develop their knowledge of procurement procedures, as well as improve their skills in the workplace. It is essential to provide delegates with an array of tools and practical applications to provide an effective procurement department. On completion of the course, the participant will have a comprehensive understanding of the roles and responsibilities required of a procurement department.

Preventing Modern Day Slavery in your Supply Chain – Public Sector

Can you be confident that there is no element of Modern Day Slavery in your supply chain? According to statistics, the UK is in the top 6 countries of origin, with over 40 million people estimated to be enslaved globally across over 100 countries. This key course provides participants with tools, techniques, processes, and more to implement effective change in their organisations. You will better understand modern day slavery and the 2015 Act, learning how it impacts upon all organisations and their procurement functions.

Generating Social Value & Preventing Modern Slavery through Effective Procurement

It is now a compulsory requirement for social value to represent a minimum of 10% of any tender evaluation score in the UK Public Sector, as per PPN (06/20). Combining effective procurement with a social value embedding strategy at its core, is a crucial way to achieve this. Throughout this course, delegates will gain a thorough understanding of the Social Value Act, as they learn about where it needs to be placed within an organisation alongside the impact of every step of the procurement process.

Adding Value though Effective Contract Management in the Public Sector

In relation to public sector organisations looking to secure and sometimes exceed the value that has been delivered by a procurement team obtaining the contract itself, effective contract management is critical. This course will equip the contract manager and other significant stakeholders with the fundamental skills, tools and techniques to manage suppliers efficiently and deliver the expected value from the contract, and sometimes extract further value through engaging in Supplier Relationship Management.

Competitive Dialogue – Negotiation in the Public Sector

Under EU procurement directives, negotiation doesn't occur in public sector procurement in most instances. Despite this, strong negotiating skills are still considered a crucial element of public sector procurement. Whether it's with internal stakeholders, colleagues, supply chains, we are all continuously negotiating. More pertinently, negotiation is critical where procurement is aligned with the procurement directives, i.e. in lower areas of spend and through competitive dialogue. Through arming public sector procurement delegates with fundamental negotiation skills, they will better understand areas such as preparation and planning, and will be provided with tools and techniques based on behavioural skills (including persuasion / influencing / conditioning etc).

Agile Procurement in the Public Sector

Agility is the characteristic that will enable procurement departments to advance and reach new heights in the future, as innovation propels expansion to beyond mere products and services and on to core business processes and strategies. Designed for procurement employees and their key internal stakeholders, this course will enable you to understand how to optimise and flex processes and boundaries which will secure increased value for your organisation.

Find The Right Short Procurement Course For Your Role

All our one day procurement courses are operated by our sister company SR Strategic Sourcing Ltd. To find out more visit their website by clicking the link below
Want to learn more about 1 day courses? Contact our team now. Alternatively, take a look at the complete range of procurement courses.
Staff Member

Jen Shepherd

Admin and Customer Service Manager

Jenn completed her Apprenticeship in Business and Administration in 2008 and has since built upon a foundation of knowledge and skills in the administration and customer support areas.

Jenn has a degree, as well as a master’s degree, in English which have helped support her commitment to compliance and attention to detail.

Since returning to work from maternity leave in 2020, Jenn has worked in education settings and has an in-depth knowledge on Safeguarding and Child Protection, which she believes is a key part of all employees’ role when working with learners.

Outside of work, Jenn lives with her husband and two young daughters. She had her first book published in 2022 and advocates for the mental wellbeing of new parents.

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Michelle Whalley

Course Progress Mentor

Michelle graduated from Liverpool John Moore’s University in 2003 with a BA(HONs) in Physical Education, Sport, Dance and English, with Qualified Teacher Status. Michelle now holds 20 years’ experience of working in education. Her experience to date is hugely diverse, with a love for learning and striving for excellence across all areas of her life developed from when she was a young girl, representing her country at Athletics. It was from this platform Michelle developed a disciplined approach to every tasks set of her. During her time in teaching, she has taught a wide range of subjects, been a pastoral leader, and led ITT programmes.

Michelle prides herself on her ability to get the best possible outcomes out of people. This has been proven not only in the time she’s spent in education, but also in the set up and running of her own business.

Working in a fast-paced environment, especially becoming a Head of Year as well as teaching has consistently challenged her and ensured she’s flexible and adaptable

Lucy Eckersley

Lucy Eckersley

Administration Assistant

After recently graduating university and achieving a first-class degree in Drama, Lucy wanted to apply her production management experience to an administration role in business. Having worked part time jobs as a waitress and office receptionist during her education, Lucy has good customer service skills and enjoys helping customers and clients by addressing their queries. Lucy is excited to be working at SRSCC and is keen to use her process driven way of working to increase the effectiveness of SRSCC’s administrative processes. In her free time, Lucy enjoys watching musicals and running. She also enjoys spending time outdoors, and loves going hiking from her caravan in the Yorkshire Dales.
Tom Himsworth

Tom Himsworth

Administrative Assistant

Tom graduated from Edgehill University in 2015 with a degree in Creative Writing. After Tom’s journey through university, he worked extensively within the Healthcare sector in mostly administrative roles. It was here that he found his natural organized and observant manner was best suited as it allowed him to understand how each work environment operated, and where processes, customer service and communication could be improved for the benefit of everyone. Throughout his working life, Tom has gained experience with varying mental health conditions and is passionate about advocating the importance of mental health support and well-being. He is currently looking into various volunteer schemes to help champion mental health awareness. Along with this, Tom is an avid writer and is usually working on a story or two and is passionate about learning more about all forms of creative media.
Estelle Marsden

Estelle Marsden

Customer Support Coordinator

Estelle has completed apprenticeships in both Business Administration and Customer service. Her first Role after leaving school was a receptionist at a Podiatrist and that is where she found her passion for helping people and providing positive customer experiences. After 4 years she then moved into retail where her skills progressed further. Estelle has several years’ experience in a customer facing environment, which has led her to the role of Customer Support Coordinator here at SRSCC. Estelle is hoping to expand her expertise further and progress with SRSCC. Other than her passion for Customer Service. Estelle enjoys walking, Hiking, and exploring in her free time. She also enjoys going to the theatre and watching true crime. Estelle likes to spend most of her time with family and friends.

Emma Jackson

Course Progress Mentor

Emma joined SRSCC in 2019 on a freelance basis taking on a teaching and learning consultancy role. She has 20 years of experience in education as a qualified teacher, working in adult learning, secondary and primary school settings in the UK as well as abroad, namely Japan, Hungary, and France. 

More recently Emma has been teaching yoga, resilience, and mindfulness in primary schools to promote the physical and mental well-being of both pupils and staff.

Being multi-lingual and having a zeal for communication, cultural exchange and life-long learning Emma jumped at the opportunity to join the company as a Course Mentor. Building a good rapport with her learners, supporting them to overcome any challenges on their apprentice journey and facilitating them to fulfil their potential is her motivation.

Cumbrian born and bred in the Lake District, Emma enjoys the outdoors. When not relaxing in tree pose, she is most at home trail running in the hills with her husband and dog. Having clocked up 4 marathons to date, the application of her long-distance running mindset of perseverance, determination, discipline and patience is key to supporting her learners in their studies.

SRSCC Staff Images Ashlee Scribbins

Ashlee Scribbins

Office Administrator

Ashlee has joined the SRSCC team as an Office Administrator, and with a level 2 and 3 in Business Administration, she fits right in!

Ashlee has a wide range of experience from working as a Legal Secretary for the Royal Air Force to managing a team. Ashlee is eager to use her customer service and business administration skills for her new role at SRSCC.

SRSCC Staff Images Declan Hemingway

Declan Hemingway

Business Development Account Manager


Declan recently graduated University studying BSc Business and Management with Marketing achieving a 2:1 and was looking for a role in Business Development to put his knowledge and education to the test.

He has a strong desire to grow the SRSCC brand and customer base. Working alongside our Business Development and Relationship Manager; he looks to strengthen both our Commercial and Apprenticeship learner portfolio by liaising with potential and existing learners through building customer relationships and understanding their requirements.