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Certificate in
Strategic Purchasing Management

Mastering the new challenges of top Purchasing Management


Optional introductory meeting (ABCAL office)
Week-end 1 – «Strategic Core»

Week-end 2 – «Strategic Enablers»
Presentation of final papers

New dates to be confirmed








Why this program?

SPM-benefits-of-the-programmeThe Purchasing Manager is a major player of the Executive Team and a privileged discussion partner in the Supply Chain. No business player can ignore the Supply Chain to which his organization belongs. Neither can he overlook the challenges facing his operations and the value of a close collaboration with his suppliers and contracted partners.


The Purchasing Manager makes sure that the quality of exchange and cooperation with suppliers provides a key of competitiveness to his own organization. Relationships with suppliers aim at a win-win result, which requires a constant search for common value creation.


Sourcing, purchasing and procurement require global access and use of sophisticated information and communication systems. Today, purchasing performances can be greatly impacted by the use of internet.


The Purchasing Manager must be able to demonstrate a capability to marry strategic and tactical decisions, in a turbulent world of uncertainty. Because of the complexity of his job, he needs to acquire and master technical, managerial and behavioral competences with the required depth and -more important?- width.


For such purposes, and to respond to this demanding context, the program was created to provide a global, up-to-date expertise in the strategic management of Purchasing.




SPM-content-of-the-programmeThe learning objectives of this program are:


  • Design a purchasing strategy, based upon criteria such as value creation;
  • Justify and document choices such as "make or buy", market segmentation, purchasing portfolio definition, etc.;
  • Implement the purchasing strategy and determine organization processes, rules, contracts, e-solutions, for instances;
  • Set up measures of the purchasing performances.







To whom is the program intended?

This program is intended for:


  • Purchasing Manager in a small or medium sized organization;
  • Lead Buyer in a large corporation or administration;
  • Top manager in Production, Marketing, Logistics, Finance, etc., who need -or want- to familiarize with the Purchasing function from the top end;
  • Targeted activity sectors comprise  process- and manufacturing industries, as well as private and public services.



An adapted pedagogy

The program propose a new, complete pedagogic approach:


  • Lectures by academics and practitioners, jointly proposing newest concepts and concrete illustrations;
  • Submission of reading and viewing assignments through an e-learning platform;
  • Visits and case discussions in selected organizations;
  • Submission and presentation of a personal application of the lessons learned to the participant's own organization.





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This program is endorsed by Logistics in Wallonia, the walloon cluster for regional growth,
innovation and development in supply chain, logistics and mobility.





Location: Unless organized on site, the location of the lectures is CEI 2 (ABCAL Office),
6, rue Louis De Geer, B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve.



Language of the program:
English; participants are expected to master the English language.



Registering and program fee:

  • The applications will be examined by a jury on the basis of background, experience and motivation.
  • The program fee amounts to 3200 Euros (2900 Euros for members of ABCAL, Agoria, LiW) and includes tuition, pedagogic material, course facilities, lunches and coffee breaks.
  • In case of withdrawal before the start of the training, an indemnity of 10% will be required. After the start, no more remboursement will be possible.



  • Participants who attended regularly the program and completed successfully the final application assignment and presentation will be granted the «ABCAL Certificate of Strategic Purchasing Management».
  • The program has been designed so that it reflects the new Supply Chain standards of the European Logistics Association.



Program SPM (PDF) and Registration form (PDF)



More information?

•  Program enquiries can be addressed to Mr Marc Fourny, Program Director
(by e-mail: Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser. or by gsm: 0475 69 14 01)

•  Practical and administrative questions to Mrs Pascale Eysenbrands, ABCAL Secretary
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