Engineering Procurement

Topic Contract and Project Management


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


Live online course – starts on 16 May 2022.

This interactive online course will explore the fundamentals of procurement 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 modules (approx 2–3 hours in length each), alongside independent study and pre-recorded video sessions issues before/between modules.

An e-certificate will be issued at the end of the course to confirm attendance and CPD hours logged.

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

Module dates and times

Module 1

Monday 16 May 2022, 14:00–17:00 BST.

Module 2

Wednesday 18 May 2022, 14:00–17:00 BST.

There will be independent study and pre-recorded video sessions issued before/between modules.

Not available then? Register your interest in future course 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.

In-company training

This can also be delivered as a virtual in-company course. Contact us for more details.

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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