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At CIPS, our objective is to help senior executives to move onto an advanced phase of continuing professional development. Through our targeted high-level training at postgraduate level, you will further professionalise and enhance your comprehensive insight into the key role of procurement, enabling you to drive your team and projects even more effectively.

Master Practitioner

This programme builds strong, strategic leaders in procurement and supply who will become key influencers, not just changing the way their organisations work but also impacting the markets, supply chains, wider sector and communities in which they operate.

Accredited by CIPS, the Master Practitioner Programme is designed to create procurement and supply chain leaders of the future and provides a route to achieving ExDip Status.

What makes this executive style programme unique is that all learning is focused on being directly relevant to the organisation for whom the student works.  The workshops, assignments and final project all focus on applying learning back to the workplace, driving business improvements and return on investment.  It also provides opportunity for significant continuing professional development for the participant.

The Master Practitioner programme consists of:

  • Eight training modules which are delivered through 3 to 5 days of intensive, interactive, face to face workshops
  • Assessed assignments that follow each of the learning modules

Entry criteria

Programme participants must be MCIPS Chartered Professionals.

Aligned to the CIPS Advanced Professional Level within the CIPS Global Standard, the programme consists of 1,200 learning hours (equivalent to 120 Masters Level credits), and requires a high level of personal investment, commitment and drive to succeed.

For more information please contact us at corporate.solutions@cips.org.

Executive Skills

Our executive development skills courses form part of a series of events designed for senior purchasers and are mapped to the professional level of the Global Standard for Procurement and Supply 

They draw on the expertise of acclaimed facilitators and are an open discussion forum which invites senior professionals to explore complex areas of business.

View the available professional level skills courses here

Leading procurement strategy

Cranfield School of Management

CIPS / Cranfield Leading Procurement Strategy Programme

This three-day masterclass is co-designed and co-delivered in partnership with the Cranfield School of Management and covers the latest thinking in procurement and supply management. 

It will develop your capability to assess true costs, mitigate risk, drive innovation, support growth and ensure your organisation operates at greater levels of efficiency.

It will also equip you with the skills, knowledge and tools to lead procurement teams in both public and private organisations and to bring the procurement agenda to the highest levels in your organisation. 

The first day focuses on the strategic role of procurement in the organisation and the link between procurement performance and competitive advantage. 

The second day concentrates on providing you with key tools for managing strategic supply networks and improving performance. 

CPD 21 hours

Finally, the third day covers issues of innovation and leadership, which will allow you to face current and future challenges.

By the end of the programme you will have a better understanding of how to deliver value through procurement and increased confidence in managing your team.



Programme speakers Dr Soroosh Saghiri and Professor Martin Christopher have created a short article which highlights the talent and skills for the profession are evolving as procurement becomes increasing more strategic ...More


Programme Directors

Professor Martin Christopher (Cranfield University, UK) View profile

Dr Soroosh Saghiri, BSc MSc PhD, Senior Research Fellow
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Programme speakers

Dr Denyse Julien (Cranfield University, UK)
Dr Leila Alinaghian (Cranfield University, UK)
Steve Kulmann (Visiting Fellow)
Dr Farooq Habib (Cranfield University, UK)
Professor Richard Wilding (Cranfield University, UK)

Dr Denyse Julien (Cranfield University, UK)

Dr Leila Alinaghian (Cranfield University, UK)

Steve Kulmann (Visiting Fellow)

Dr Farooq Habib (Cranfield University, UK)

Professor Richard Wilding (Cranfield University, UK)

Benefits of attending

You will gain a clear understanding of the impact of procurement on competitive advantage and have an increased ability and confidence in influencing, managing and motivating teams.

You will also have a range of practical tools for managing procurement and supply and an increased ability to manage risks in the supply chain. As a leader, you will have a greater appreciation of major issues affecting the procurement function.

Who should attend?
Procurement directors and senior procurement managers in both private and public sector organisations who wish to develop an understanding of strategic procurement practices and the latest thinking in procurement and supply management.

CIPS members can claim a 10% discount, please follow the instructions below to ensure that the discount is applied to your booking. Discounts will not be given post-booking.

Cost £3,550.00 + VAT

Online Booking Form:
To activate the discount, add the discount code CIPS0112 in the following application form question:

How did you first hear about this programme?
- Select Recommendation
- Select (By whom?) Who recommended Cranfield?
- ADD CIPS0112

Offline Booking Form
Just add the code in manually preferably after the Course Title. Eg Leading Procurement Strategy Programme – CIPS0112.

For more information go to the Cranfield website.