Engineering Procurement

Topic Contract and Project Management


Price IChemE member £720 + VAT, non-member £864 + VAT


Live online course – dates to be confirmed (BST).
Also available on-demand

This interactive online course will explore the fundamentals of procurement in the engineering industries including the different types of procurement processes, the relationship with the supplier/contractor, and how to maximise value for money.

There will be practical exercises to embed the learning and new understanding, tailored to each delegate's situation and experience. Through this, delegates will be able to develop their own action plans for implementation in their organisation.

Teaching will be delivered via two live sessions (approx 2–3 hours in length each). 

An e-certificate will be issued at the end of the course to confirm attendance and CPD hours logged. Please note that you must attend all modules to receive the certificate.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course you will:

  • understand appropriate procurement processes
  • appreciate different pricing and cost approaches 
  • know how to manage suppliers appropriately
  • have developed action plans for benefit in your organisation.

Who will benefit

  • Engineers involved in dealing with suppliers and contractors
  • Project managers

Course outline

  • How to improve safety, reduce costs and increase value from suppliers through adopting appropriate approaches for each category
  • The relationships between price, cost and value
  • The benefits of a whole life-cycle cost approach
  • How suppliers segment their customer base

Previous delegates said

"The interactive nature of the course was very useful as we could discuss things relevant to our experiences and learn from each other. Real-life business examples helped explain the business concepts."
G Bermingham, Projexpertise, UK

"Paul had a very friendly approach and was open to questions and discussion."
E Saldanha, Pace Flow Assurance, UK 


Module 1

To be confirmed (BST).

Module 2

To be confirmed (BST).

Register your interest in future dates.


  • IChemE member: £720 + VAT
  • Non-member: £864 + VAT


Discounts are available to companies booking more than one place:

  • 2 places–10% discount
  • 3 places–15% discount
  • 4 or more places–20% discount.

Bookings must be made at the same time to receive the discount.


Modules will be delivered via Microsoft Teams. If you don't already have this installed, you can join as a guest in order to access the training. We'll share information about how to do this after you've registered.

Train your team

This course can be delivered to corporate teams, either on-site or online. Content can be tailored to your specific requirements, and this could be a cost-effective option if you have several people requiring the training. To find out more and request a quotation, visit our in-company training page.

Contact Phone +44 (0)1788 534496

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Paul Wright


Paul Wright

Paul was born in Hull and attended the University of Leeds where he studied Physics and completed a PhD in NMR of Polyethylene Melts. He then joined chemical industry multinational ICI where he had a variety of technical and commercial roles, latterly as Engineering Contracts Manager in the Contracts Purchasing Group (corporate procurement). As part of his duties there he led training in purchasing for a variety of ICI businesses, which resulted in him becoming a self employed trainer and consultant in 1998.

Since then he has worked extensively in the Middle East, frequently with leading oil and gas companies, and in the UK Public Sector. He continues to work with both buying and selling organisations to ensure that the process is a beneficial as possible. His UK consultancy has focused on developing supply chains in the public and private sectors and has covered a wide range of sectors including chemicals, engineering and sports. He is also an associate lecturer at the University of Bradford School of Management covering a range of commercial topics.

He is the author with Stuart Emmett of Excellence in Public Sector Procurement, Cambridge Academic 2011. 

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