Online Training – Advanced Purchasing Skills

8-11 September 2020 | Start Time: 08:00AM CST/2:00PM UK Time

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Recent market turbulence and the uncertainties that the new normal brings great worries for many decision markers. On the purchasing front, it has become more difficult to maximise profit while minimising cost in light of the current situation.

In times like these, it is crucial to equip yourself with right tools and techniques when buying or selling chemicals. Not only will it defend your competitive position but it will also strengthen the future direction of you company.

In order to help you achieve these goals, ICIS delivers the first Advanced Purchasing Skills training course this September. As health and safety becomes the utmost priority, this new way of learning breaks limitation of gaining product knowledge and market insights during this unique time.


Fully digital platform

All sessions will be accessed online from your computer or tablet, giving you the flexibility of taking the course at your chosen location and device.

Live and interactive sessions

Understanding the relevance of getting access to information real time, the course will be delivered live including interactive sessions providing you with a platform to engage with trainers and other delegates

Modular approach

The course will run over 4 days with a total of 12 hours of tuition time.

Timely and comprehensive agenda topics

Each module will touch on essential purchasing techniques and strategies helping you to be more prepared than ever


  • Key petrochemical value chains and their inter-relationship: From feedstock dynamics all the way to major application markets
  • Analytical approaches to purchasing: Insight on opportunity analysis which is a tool used for identifying and ranking opportunities based on return, effort and probability of success
  • Strategy development: Spend classification and Risk Management
  • Plan execution and comprehensive evaluation: Tracking, alignment, and negotiation techniques


James Ray – Senior Consultant, ICIS

James has worked in the plastics industry, for private equity firms in manufacturing, and recycling, with roles in operations, engineering, sales, purchasing, and general management. Since 2012, James has worked with ICIS Consulting. He has business advisory experience in multiple areas such as:

  • ICIS Consulting on multi-billion dollar investments
  • Sales & Purchasing Contract advisory over billions of dollars in sales & purchases
  • Supply & demand analysis, price forecasting
  • Planning, scheduling & management of key projects
  • Operation cost modelling & activity based costing systems
  • Quality systems management, assessment/adjustment

James is also a regular speaker at industry conferences and other training courses at ICIS, and holds a six sigma black belt and lean manufacturing.


Launch price: $1,250 (+UK VAT at 20% if applicable)* – this price is available until Friday 21 August

Standard price: $ 1,600 (+UK VAT at 20% if applicable)* – this price will take effect from Saturday 22 August

*NB: Please enter your VAT number (or local equivalent) on our payment page, otherwise UK VAT at 20% will be applied. Customers based in the UK will be charged UK VAT at 20% whether or not a VAT number is provided.

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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.

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