Supply Chain Management Courses

Our training catalog provides a wide range of individual courses that can stand alone, but can also be used as part of a program or curriculum of training. In addition to our current off-the-shelf training catalog, Calyptus offers customization services to ensure that training is tailored to the needs of the participating individuals and teams. 

Some courses are already available as e-learning modules, which can be found here.

Some courses are already available as e-learning modules, and all courses can be delivered as webinars on request

Supplier Development


This 1 ½ -day workshop provides direction on world-class ways of working with suppliers to improve supply chain performance in all areas that will benefit the cross-functional interests of the organization. Resources, setting goals, performance review methods, and communication issues are covered.

As a result of attending this course, participants will be able to:

  • Manage the performance of external suppliers to meet corporate objectives
  • Build long-term relationships with key suppliers
  • Assess supplier’s changing needs and capabilities
  • Create continuous improvement plans for supplier development
  • Work with suppliers to improve supply chain efficiency

Supplier Diversity:
5-Year Strategic Planning

The 1-day Supplier Diversity workshop describes how to develop a supplier diversity program, and how to integrate diverse suppliers into the organization's work. Examples of best practices will be provided for analysis. Participants will learn how to establish goals and action plans for supplier diversity programs.

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Understand why Supplier Diversity is important
  • Define Supplier Diversity program goals and expectations
  • Articulate how to integrate supplier diversity into strategic sourcing process
  • Work through the analysis for a specific commodity to determine:
  • A realistic supplier diversity goal for the commodity
  • Where and how to position minority/women owned businesses in the supply chain
  • Identify available corporate resources

Supplier Quality & Business Audit 


This 2-day program discusses how to develop supplier certification programs. It will distinguish among various inspection techniques drawing on Deming and Juran. ISO and Baldrige as well as other best-in-class supplier evaluation and audit programs will be considered. Supplier quality measures and management techniques will also be discussed.

As a result of attending this course, participants will be able to:

  • Undertake an audit as a full team member
  • Understand the key elements of a quality and business system audit
  • Assist the supplier to identify and manage a continuous improvement program
  • Support the objectives to lower your organization’s total costs of supply management
  • Provide accurate feedback to suppliers on quality and business performance

Supply Chain Cost Identification & Reduction


This 2-day program focuses on the four key cost and price analysis techniques : price analysis, cost analysis, total cost analysis, and best/intrinsic value. Participants will learn various ways to evaluate costs and create plans to reduce total costs. Supplier proposals will be evaluated and participants will develop negotiation plans.

As a result of attending this course, participants will:

  • Learn key cost and price analysis techniques
  • Be able to conduct financial analysis of supplier’s proposal
  • Understand how to evaluate total cost of ownership
  • Apply concepts to commodities and daily work

Supply Chain Management 


In this 2-day program, participants will review their individual supply chains and identify the costs, lead-times, and risks associated with them. Demand management, managing suppliers, the transformation and distribution processes and costs will also be assessed. Action plans will be developed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of each supply chain.

As a result of attending this program, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the structure and costs of specific supply chains
  • Be able to anticipate and establish programs/projects to counteract future problem/issues in specific supply chains
  • More effectively deal with demand and schedule fluctuations
  • Develop action plans to restructure supply chains to lower overall costs and to improve market responsiveness

This 1-day course focuses on how to select a supplier for an audit.  Also included is how to introduce self-assessments into the process.  The process of conducting desk-audits and on-site audits using a proprietary framework will be included.

As a result of attending this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the key cost drivers of their respective product / service supply chain
  • Plan follow-up activities for managing those cost drivers
  • Evaluate the profitability and market drivers for their respective products and / or services
  • Establishing and manage team negotiation plans
  • Develop objectives which are consistent with clients and other stakeholders
  • Leverage the perspective they bring to the negotiation table to add value during the negotiation process
  • Learn how to improve the way to work with suppliers
  • Develop key metrics to measure the quality of working relationships, and track performance improvement activities
  • Idenfity aspects of the supplier management process requiring improvement
  • Conduct more effective supplier reviews, with cross-functional participation


Conducting a Supplier Audit

While companies attempt to improve their cycle times, quality, cost performance, and supply chain, many are embracing the Just-In-Time (JIT) purchasing method to accomplish improvements in these key areas. JIT is not about suppliers holding inventory or only Kanban, it is the embodiment of the philosophy of reducing non-value activities. A complex area, JIT involves the assessment of complex computer systems, the order release process, total costs, and establishing real, close working relationships with suppliers and sub-suppliers. A self-test will be administered which measures their division's performance in establishing or implementing JIT.

The objectives of this 1-day program are to:

  • Learn the application of JIT to Purchasing
  • Understand how to work with suppliers to implement JIT solutions
  • Develop internal processes to interact with supplier JIT program

Just-In-Time Purchasing