CIPS Professional Diploma

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The CIPS Level 6 Professional Diploma enables the development and implementation of procurement and supply chain strategies and plans that can have a fundamental impact on organisation performance. 

This course takes a strategic view of the key role of the procurement and supply chain function in securing competitive advantage for the organisation and the broader supply chain through which organisations increasingly compete.  It provides comprehensive coverage of the latest procurement and supply chain management approaches, methods and theories for delivering increasing supply chain efficiency and effectiveness.  At the same time, it develops the skills and knowledge needed in procurement for leadership and management of stakeholders to ensure successful implementation of these initiatives.    

The Professional Diploma course covers 5 units that together provide participants with both the broad business knowledge and the specific procurement and supply chain management expertise to make a transformative contribution to organisation success.   

This is the third level of the CIPS professional qualification and completion of these units entitles award of MCIPS, the accreditation of excellence in procurement and supply management. 


Course Content

The key learning outcomes of the 3 core units are as follows:

  • AD1 Leadership – leading and influencing, management across functions, change management, stakeholder communication, conflict management, diversity management.  
  • AD2 Strategy – understanding strategic position, strategic planning, competitive strategy, supply chain strategies, international strategy, strategy implementation  
  • AD3 Strategic supply chain management – strategic alignment, strategic supplier management, distribution and logistics management, knowledge management, supply chain management theories and approaches

The key learning outcomes of the 3 optional units are as follows:

  • PD4 – Diligence – globalisation, ethics, regulation, funding and finance, financial performance, currencies, risk management, performance management. 
  • PD5 – Legal aspects – legal relationships, EU procurement directives, contract terms, intellectual property, employment law, competition law, contractual remedies, termination.   
  • PD6 – Project and programme management – project management models, planning tools, project contracting, project pricing, financial appraisal, planning and control.  
  • CIPS Professional Diploma in procurement and supply

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