Advanced Purchasing Skills

Contact the training team


How can you benefit from this course?

Recent turbulence in global petrochemicals has demonstrated the sensitivity of key markets to factors such as crude prices and changing sentiment. This volatility has reaffirmed the importance of having a clear grasp of the value stream, your costs, and the factors influencing prices, to make calculated purchasing decisions in this sector.

This advanced one and a half day course is designed to build upon your existing purchasing skills and understanding, equipping you with the analytical tools and techniques you need to act confidently in the volatile petrochemicals markets.

View the Agenda

Past companies that have booked with us:

About the trainers

James Ray – Senior Consultant, ICIS

Having started on the shop floor and worked up through the ranks of the plastics industry, James Ray brings a unique blend of technical, managerial and analytical experience to his consulting role at ICIS.

He has business advisory experience in the areas of benchmarking, operation cost modeling and activity based costing systems, planning, scheduling and project management, risk assessment, supply and demand analysis, alternate value streams and price forecasting. Prior to working for ICIS, James worked for private industry (primarily Capital Management) in manufacturing, converting & recycling polymers for blow molding, extrusion and injection molding as well as textiles. His focus was on improving profitability by working smarter and employing strategies for reducing raw material costs using market intelligence and benchmarking, establishing raw material contracts and aligning with commercial contracts, eliminating waste via Lean Manufacturing and implementing process improvements using Six Sigma Methodology. James holds a degree in computer science from the University of Texas.

Training course fees

If you require fees information, please contact us via

In-House Training

ICIS works alongside our clients to create bespoke training courses that mould our expertise and your specific needs. We will pinpoint the current expertise of your employees, areas for improvement, and your business goals, and develop a training course that will bring tangible benefits to your business.

Our custom training courses are delivered as interactive workshops, focusing on the products, concepts and issues that are most relevant and beneficial to you.

  • Save money on transportation and accommodation, with training at a convenient location
  • Flexibility – you determine the length and duration of the sessions
  • Interactive workshops with hands-on exercises, to reinforce key skills, techniques and concepts
  • Take away the course materials, presentations and background information for future reference

To enquire about in-house training for this course, please click here and a member of our team will get back to you.

Upcoming Advanced Purchasing Skills Courses

There are no upcoming events at this time.

View the full forward schedule


“A great Seminar for every Chemical Sourcing Professional”

View all customer testimonials

Hear what James Ray has to say about what’s included in this course?

Advanced Purchasing Video


Uncover exclusive industry upates from ICIS

Interested to uncover more articles related to this topic? Explore additional news, insights and intelligence, tailored to the markets you are interested in by accessing exclusive content from