MG5824: Spend Analysis and Category Management

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 18, Max 40.
Pre-requisite(s): None
Co-requisite(s): None
Teaching Period(s): Semesters 1 or 2 or 3. (semester details for this module will be confirmed at the start of the programme).
Teaching Methods: 6 x 4hr(s) Lectures (Participants are required to attend 6 x 4 hrs lectures. The lecture time on campus follows a seminar format and involves inter alia working in groups); Directed Study (Autonomous student learning (off campus) is supported by on-line materials and e-mentoring and takes the form of directed reading, case studies and specific assignment tasks)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr David Mckevitt, Department of Management and Marketing.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Management and Marketing.
Module Objective: To allow participants to undertake a systematic analysis of organisation expenditure and conduct en-depth market research of suppliers, products and markets.
Module Content: Data collection, cleaning and classification for quantitative spend analysis
Identify improvement opportunities
Internal stakeholder engagement to develop appropriate category management profiles.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Conduct a systematic review of expenditure using quantitative data collection and analysis
  • Prioritise and communicate opportunities based on risk, savings and category alignment
  • Analyse competitor, product and market dynamics using strategic frameworks
  • Critique the design, implementation and follow-up of contracts
  • Apply supplier matrix to categories.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 2000 word Individual Portfolio, 50 marks; 1 x Group case study analysis, 30 marks; Presentation, 20 marks).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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