Buying services


Buying services 

CPDA different skill set is needed to buy services – this is how to acquire it


By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify opportunities for value enhancement, improving supplier delivery in relation to business objectives and maintaining the quality of service delivery
  • Understand the key differences and approaches to buying services
  • Try out your learning on your next services purchase through syndicate exercises and case studies
  • Be confident in interpreting supplier objectives and be better equipped to explore service delivery cost drivers.
Date: Thursday 28 September 2017
Venue: De Vere Devonport House
Fee: Members - £450.00 per person
  Non-members - £500.00 per person


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Is it right for me?


In today's world, many organisations buy more services than goods. This one-day course focuses explicitly on the nature and benefits of successfully buying services. It is designed for procurement specialists who need to understand more about purchasing services and internal service users, and/or specialists seeking to gain an understanding of procurement processes in a service environment.


What key points will the training cover?


  • What is a service?
  • Strategies for buying services
  • The purchasing cycle
  • The supplier's cost structure
  • The difference between buying services and products
  • The contract
  • Service supplier relationships managing risk.


ArcBlue (formerly PMMS) has been at the forefront of the procurement profession for over 30 years, developing many of the leading concepts, techniques and processes which underpin effective supply management, operating with a team of respected consultants with a wide range of industry knowledge and experience.


Member: £450 (excl VAT)

Non member: £500 (excl VAT)


Fee includes:

Lunch, refreshments and all course materials


Inclusive e-learning:

Understanding outsourcing


28 September 2017
De Vere Devonport House, London


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