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ITLS6003: Contemporary Procurement

Procurement practitioners have to be able to generate insights from large volumes of transactional, aggregate, structured and unstructured data resulting from growing stakeholder needs, the globalisation of supply markets, evolving regulatory environments and relevant technological changes. This unit explores challenges in procurement practice using real procurement spend data from organisations with different strategic priorities. Students gain an appreciation of spend analysis techniques involving large datasets and an understanding of how the insights are applied in the context of category strategies, sourcing risk management, negotiations and ethical sourcing. The usefulness of large volumes of both structured and unstructured data for input to procurement strategy is explored. The unit includes an industry-led workshop and certificate component and is suitable for both early career procurement professionals as well as students interested in the application of data analytics in procurement.

Code ITLS6003
Academic unit Transport and Logistics Studies
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. identify and describe concepts, techniques and trends in relation to the procurement cycle
  • LO2. critically assess procurement category structures and spend profiles in a firm
  • LO3. analyse spend data in relation to direct and indirect categories in different industry sectors
  • LO4. work with a team to plan and conduct a buyer-supplier negotiation as well a post-negotiation debrief
  • LO5. conduct socially and ethically responsible supplier evaluation and selection activities in relation to both local and international sourcing.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.