Purchasing as a vital element of the company, must be able to function at top efficiency at all times. To do so, there must be flexibility and proper organization. Each purchasing manager must be able to review the purchasing function objectively and determine whether its current structure and system of operation fills the needs of the company as well as the needs of purchasing. In such an analysis, such matters as purchasing policies, job descriptions, operational procedures, and departmental structure must be considered with care.
A preoccupation with "us versus them" purchasing that pits buyer against supplier; or "place and chase" purchasing, which places then expedities orders; or "three quotes and a cloud of dust" purchasing, which places emphasis on the lowest price rather than the lowest overall cost for the best value - all are indicative of 20th century vintage purchasing. The new breed of purchasing professional has added new dimensions to the responsibilities of physical supply management that will continue to bring their organizations into the 21st century.
This program is designed to give purchasing, procurement, supply management, or materials management agents, supervisors, managers, directors, and vice-presidents a concentrated course in effective purchasing and supply management. It is designed for those who make decisions and dev elop strategies within the purchasing or supply management function.
Tom Tanel has an international reputation in purchasing management, inbound transportation, supply management, negotiations, and warehousing. With more than 30 years of experience, he offers a practical perspective in purchasing and supply as a result of his progressive management, staff and consulting positions.
The President and CEO of CATTAN Services Group, Inc a logistic and supply chain management consulting and training firm , Tom is Certified in Transportation and Logistics and is a Certified Cost Analyst. Having been designated as a Lifetime Certified Purchasing Manager by the Institute of Supply Management and he serves as Vice Chair for their Logistics and Transportation Group. He has served as a member of both the American Purchasing Society's Executive and Education Committee and been named in the International Supply Chain Management Who's Who,Who's Who in the East, and Who's Who in Finance and Industry.
Tom is a seasoned, global veteran with experience spanning the United States, Australia, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean Basin, Europe, Middle East, South America, and the Far East. Tom Tanel has conducted over 700 lectures and seminars for colleges and universities, NAPM/ISM affiliates, professional associations and societies, and in-company clients, as well as a sought out speaker.