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4.9 (14 Reviews)

Category Management

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Course description

Category Management is a strategic approach that organises resources to focus on specific areas of spend within an organisation. The aim is to develop and implement strategic approaches that deliver long term added value. Could category management benefit you and your organisation? During this two-day course you will have the opportunity to apply the models discussed, and a key 'take away' will be an action plan that applies to you and your organisation.

Training content

Agenda - Day 1

Session 1

Rationale and principles of category management

Session 2

Categories of expenditure

Session 3

Application of category models

Agenda - Day 2

Session 4

Importance of market factors

Session 5

Implementation of category management

Session 6

Review and action plans

Course delivery details

  • Your skills training will comprise of online learning and a tutor-led session.
  • Online pre-learning and course materials will be available on the CIPS Learning Mangement System up-to one month ahead of your training session and should be completed before day 1 and day 2.
  • The virtual classroom will open 15 minutes before your session.

Certification / Credits

What will I learn?

As part of this course, you will have access to pre and post work activities online to help you prepare and reflect on your training. Category management has the potential to deliver value beyond traditional sourcing approaches. By utilising and applying a range of tools and techniques you will begin the foundation to develop a category management strategy for your organisation. You’ll also learn how to build enhanced alignment with stakeholders and create long-term strategies for managing category spend effectively and efficiently.

What are the learning objectives?

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the rationale and principles of category management
  • Assess the main categories of expenditure
  • Use various models to manage categories more effectively
  • Analyse market factors to support business decisions
  • Implement category management across a number of spend categories
  • Build some behavioural and technical skills required to implement category management
  • Make the category management approach work for your business

Why choose CIPS?

95% of our students tell us that CIPS qualifications are the standard for the profession

Professionals with MCIPS on average earn 20% more


Average rating 4.9

Based on 14 reviews.
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Global Procurement, Brazil
09 May 2023

The training was great, I've learned about some tools that I didn't know and I believe it's going to be very useful in my daily routine in order to support the activities of Cat...

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Indirect Category Manager, Brazil
09 May 2023

The instructor showed deep knowledge in procurement, and also in how to transmit knowledge, the team really deep dived into the activities and it was a rich and fun experience.

Contract and Purchasing Officer, England
02 Jan 2023

The real world examples provided were great. The pace and content was excellent. Not overly wordy or complex. Tutor had great insight and experience to call on.

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Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply
Church Street, Easton on the Hill,
PE9 3NZ Lincolnshire

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