Procurement (Saskatoon, SK)
Location : K W Nasser Centre (256 - 3rd Avenue South)

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Learn how the procurement process fits into the overall field of Supply Management.

*Requirement of the Supply Chain Management Training

Introduction & Background:

Supply Management is the process of managing flows of goods, services knowledge and resulting finances. The goal of this course is to have you appreciate the procurement process and how it fits into the overall field of Supply Management. The procurement process extends well beyond the boundaries of the procurement department. For instance, senior management will be heavily involved in selecting key technologies, which will have major implications in selecting suppliers. However, in most organizations the procurement department plays an integral role in all major procurement activities, in either a lead, or supporting role.

From recognizing a need to issuing a purchase order, you will learn the essentials of determining quantity, specifications and price that are the cornerstone of procurement. This course covers a variety of procurement scenarios: repetitive purchases of production materials, procuring one-time low-cost items, large capital good acquisition and securing commodities under long-term supply contracts. The opportunities and challenges of international procurement versus domestic will be discussed. You will gain a broad understanding of the role of procurement and the various ways it can be organized.

This course develops the tactical aspects of procurement. It provides information and techniques to allow junior to intermediate procurement staff to work more effectively. For those not currently working in a procurement role, this course may prepare you for a move to such a role, or may just allow you to work more effectively with procurement staff.

Duration: 13 lessons (3 hours per lesson for a total of 39 hours)

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Define types of tender processes and explain their uses
  • Understand the integration of supply chain with enterprise objectives
  • Explain best practices for: sourcing, selecting and evaluating suppliers
  • Explain contact formation, the competitive bidding laws of Canada and ethics
  • Apply negotiation tactics and techniques appropriately
  • Appreciate the use of calculations for: the total cost of ownership, the break-even point, cost management and the learning curve
  • Describe the basics of and need for lean inventory management

Instructor Profile:

Brad Gilbey

Brad has been Buyer at Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Canada, Ltd. since 2001 and responsible for raw materials and sub-vended services. He has been an instructor with the Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA) since 2010 and teaches the Introduction to Procurement and Introduction to Operations Management courses. Brad has a Diploma in Purchasing and is a 2010 graduate of the Leadership Saskatoon program.

Required Textbook:

Monczka, R. M., Handfield, R. B., Giunipero, L. C., & Patterson, J. L. (2016). Purchasing and Supply Chain Management (6th ed.). ISBN-13: 9781285869681

The required textbook is not included in the tuition fee. You can purchase the textbook through the Registration Office. The textbook will be handed out at the first class.


Partnership Programming:

Edwards School of Business is proud to partner with the Supply Chain Management Association to provide this program.

Program Fees

$850 plus GST

  • Program fee includes course tuition, all teaching materials, lunches and refreshments.
  • University of Saskatchewan's liability is limited to reimbursement of paid tuition fee.
  • Participants may withdraw from a course at any time, however, a $100 administration fee will be charged for withdrawing from a course up to 5 days prior to course start date. No course refund will be processed after this time. Non-attendance does not constitute notice of withdrawal.
  • Fees subject to change without notice.