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Masterclass – Category Management

This workshop aims to equip delegates with practical methodologies to manage their category from end- to-end.


This intensive workshop explores the tools, techniques and methods of category management, and will explore how value may be created and lost throughout the category management process.

This course is designed for:

The workshop will benefit category managers who need to develop category plans and deliver better outcomes from category management for their organisation.

Course structure

A practical two-day workshop consisting of nine session involving exercises, case studies, presentations and trainer-facilitated discussions. Each of the sessions will be led by an experienced facilitator and will feature the key principles and practical methods which may be used in the procurement process, together with practical case study sessions to maximise the transfer from the workshop to the workplace.

Benefits of attending

Attendance will equip delegates with the tools, techniques and methods that category managers can deploy at the various stages of the category management process.

As well as this participants will gain three key benefits from attending:

  •  More appreciation of the role of the category manager in facilitating the end-to-end process; what tools, techniques and methods are appropriate at each phase?
  • More confidence in the deployment of specific tools which may be appropriate at each phase
  • Less likelihood that the category management process will be undermined through role conflict, or the adoption of inappropriate strategies or approaches

Key learning outcomes

  1. Describe the end to end category management process and identify the activities and tools that may be used at each phase of the process
  2. Describe the role of the category manager during the process and give examples of how value may be added at each phase
  3. Develop category plans for a range of different levels of complexity and match the degree of rigour to the complexity of the category
  4. Distinguish between purchasing, sourcing, procurement and category management and be capable of pitching the benefits of category management to stakeholders
  5. Develop strategies to manage demand as well as supplier performance and demonstrate appropriate behaviours to achieve desired category outcomes


Open Training Dates

For Individuals who are ready to take their skill-set to a whole new level.

13th, 14th, 19th and 20th October4 days 1 x 4 hr session per day 10am-2pm Call now to book >>
1st, 2nd, 6th and 7th December4 days 1 x 4 hr session per day 10am-2pm Call now to book >>

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Deliver practical know-how to your team with tailored content to address your specific business requirements.


Course Content

The category management process

  • Defining the opportunity
  • Reviewing the supply market
  • Developing a category plan
  • Engaging the supply market
  • Managing supplier performance
  • Review and refresh the strategy

 What is the role of a category manager?

  • Who are your stakeholders?
  • RASCI and our role at different phases
  • Stakeholder analysis
  • Category management & procurement compared

Defining the opportunity

  • Spend and opportunity analysis
  • Sources of data
  • Profiling our demand
  • Undertaking opportunity analysis

 Reviewing the supply market

  • Sources of information
  • Developing market enquiries RFI and EOI
  • Tools to profile supply markets

Developing a category plan

  • What’s in a category plan?
  • Reconciling our needs with the market character
  • Market approach options
  • Selecting the right market approach

Engaging the supply market

  • Market interactions, RFQ, RFP and RFT
  • Market interventions
  • Negotiation
  • Bid evaluation
  • Contract award and mobilisation

 Managing supplier performance

  • Standards and KPIs
  • Metrics
  • Review meetings and feedback
  • Levers of contractual performance
  • Relationships

Review and refresh the strategy

  • Capturing lessons learned
  • Did we realise the procurement objectives?
  • Continuous improvement

Category management challenges

  • Reducing process complexity
  • Stakeholder relationships and role confusion
  • Defining category boundaries
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