Q: Why was the Mini MBA for Procurement course developed?

A: Leading global CPOs in our Procurement Leaders network identified the need to develop high performing talent to balance talent throughout their organisations and to drive the function forward. Additionally, with over 90% of CPOs identifying strategic thinking and commercial acumen among the biggest skills gaps in procurement, the Mini MBA was specifically designed to address skill gaps within the function.


Q: Who developed the curriculum?

A: The unique training course has been developed from in-depth research via our global network, and in consultation with a team of leading trainers to tackle skills gaps specifically within the procurement function. Lead trainer Ian George, a 6 sigma black belt, with PhD in Improving Procurement Processes also plays a large role in the developing the course curriculum. Ian has a background in engineering processes, having worked as Head of Strategy and Process Development at Philips in Supply Development for BMW, and delivering 300% of the sector average for procurement benefits (7.6% after inflation - $1bn in savings) whilst at Anglo-America.


The process of development and testing took 18 months with input from experienced course leaders and advice from our advisory board of the CPOs from a broad range of industries including Novartis, Reed Elsevier, PwC, P&G, Flextronics, IBM and Deutsche Telecom.


Q: How many attend each course?

A: Each course has a maximum of 20 attendees, to enable one-to-one interaction with the trainers and to build a close peer group. In addition, we limit entrants from a single company to 3 per course, to ensure a wide range of backgrounds and sectors during the training.


Q: What levels of seniority and experience should candidates have?

A: There are no academic pre-requisites. The course is ideally suited to candidates who are passionate about advancing the function and motivated in progressing to a senior leadership position. Attendees should also be involved in a project critical to business success that they can apply key learning from the course to.


Q: How long has the course been running?

A: The inaugural course took place in London, UK in October 2012. The Mini MBA continues to develop and has become a key element of many global corporations formal procurement training strategy in recent years.


Q: Are there any promotional offers?

A: Procurement Leaders members are always entitled to course discounts. For information on discounts and customised training options, please contact our Academy Advisor, Chris Smith directly at c.smith@procurementleaders.com


Please feel free to contact our Academy Advisor, Andrew Burden find out more details and determine if the Mini MBA would be a good fit for you or your team.

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