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Program to support "professionalism" in Aberdeen oil and gas supply chains

Friday, October 26, 2012

The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) has developed a program Aberdeen oil and gas supply chain professionals, to "support the development of professionalism in procurement and supply chain management."

The training covers supply base analysis, risk management, negotiation skills, customer and client management, contract management, contract selection and legal, procurement process management, finance for procurement and supply chain analysis.

The first group of students have already been given certificates, including employees from Prosafe Offshore Ltd, Total E&P UK, Marathon Oil, KCA Deutag, Apache Oil and Wood group PSN.

The Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS) is the world's largest procurement and supply professional organisation, with 88,000 members.

The programme has been designed to offer measurable cost benefits and return on investment in the supply chain process, and offers internationally-recognised practitioner and advanced practitioner status (MCIPS) for those that completed their studies.

The UK oil and gas supply chain exports £6bn of goods and services a year.

"This is an excellent example of how, working together, the different sectors of the industry have pooled knowledge and resources to create something of benefit to all supply chain practitioners and businesses at all levels within the supply chain, across the oil and gas Industry," says Steve Johnson, Head of Global Procurement and Supply Chain Management of Prosafe Offshore Ltd.

"The model is one that can be replicated across many different industries globally where the low number of purchasing & supply practitioners within individual companies has previously been a barrier to industry specific training."

"Within Prosafe we have already seen a tangible contribution to the efficiencies in the way we manage our supply chain, from improved planning and strategic thought, to securing better lead times and performance from an often complex and resource constrained supply base."

The programme is being rolled out to other oil and gas 'hotspots' throughout the world. New courses in Aberdeen will begin in the New Year.

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