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CAS Strategic Procurement

Future-oriented impulses for purchasing and procurement

Would you like to gain a strategic perspective in purchasing management and are you looking for effective continuing education for your effective purchasing leadership? With the Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) Strategic Procurement, the University of St.Gallen (HSG) offers an 18-day intensive study program for experienced purchasing executives. In six compact modules, you will receive the latest findings from research as well as valuable impulses for future-oriented procurement management. You will learn how to use innovative sourcing methods, new purchasing tools and techniques in a systematic and goal-oriented way to successfully implement complex purchasing projects.

As a participant, you will benefit from a cross-industry network of experts and managers from the fields of purchasing, procurement and supply chain management. During the training, you will implement what you have learned in your company and thus benefit directly from the knowledge you have acquired.

This 18-day intensive course is ideal for experienced managers in purchasing, procurement, materials management and logistics, as well as for specialists who would like to develop into purchasing managers and for members of the management who want to optimize the procurement processes in their company. With the CAS Strategic Procurement from the University of St.Gallen, you will acquire an internationally recognized certificate for top-class continuing education. Optimize your procurement management and put your company on the road to success!



Graduation: Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS)
Program Language: German
Start date: January 2025
Duration: 18 days (6 modules each 3 days)
Location: Weiterbildungzentrum Holzweid, St. Gallen
Investment: CHF 18750
Porträt Laura-Eve Grellmann

Personal consultation

Laura-Eve Grellmann
Porträt Jörg Grimm

Academic Director

Prof. Dr. Jörg Grimm
Professor for Supply Chain Management, Berner Fachhochschule

Course Goals

In 6 modules of 3 days each, you will receive future-oriented impulses for your purchasing management. The certificate program shows you scientifically based, innovative methods and procedures for purchasing and supports you in making your daily work more effective and efficient as well as in dealing with new developments and techniques in procurement management.

The aim of this intensive study program is not only to deepen different sub-areas of procurement management, but also to enable you to develop practice-oriented solutions together with lecturers and other participating executives. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Implementation of what you have learned during the intensive study in the form of transfer work in the purchasing department of your company
  • Priority setting in purchasing and procurement management
  • Independent development and implementation of concepts and strategies
  • Innovations and current developments in purchasing: ensuring the effectiveness and efficiency of professional purchasing management and related tools in your company


Procurement concepts and strategic supply management
07 – 09 January 2025
Weiterbildungszentrum Holzweid (WBZ), St. Gallen
Suppliers and Networks
04 – 06 February 2025
Hotel Walhalla, St. Gallen
Negotiation Management: Procurement Meets Sales / Procurement Marketing
04 – 06 March 2025
Weiterbildungszentrum Holzweid (WBZ), St. Gallen
Techniques for Market Analysis
22 – 24 April 2025
Weiterbildungszentrum Holzweid (WBZ), St. Gallen
Leadership and Management Methods
26 – 28 May 2025
Weiterbildungszentrum Holzweid (WBZ), St. Gallen
Leading Change & Intercultural Management
10 – 12 June 2025
Weiterbildungszentrum Holzweid (WBZ), St. Gallen


As part of the CAS Strategic Procurement, purchasing managers develop future-oriented strategies for the long-term and sustainable success of their organizational unit. What are the concrete benefits of participating in the course? Here are the most important points at a glance:

For your personal development:

  • Acquiring professional and personal competencies for possible advancement in your own organization
  • Learning tried and tested tools to increase effectiveness and efficiency in your job
  • Cross-industry exchange of experiences with purchasing, procurement and supply chain executives during the training, as well as the opportunity to build your personal network

For your company:

  • Imparting concepts, methods and tools for the development of a long-term and sustainable purchasing strategy that supports your company’s profitability and growth targets
  • Professionalization of the tasks of the purchasing team
  • Direct application of what you have learned to the challenges of your company already during the course
  • Permanent transfer of learning for a long-term positive impact on your company.

The intensive course CAS Strategic Procurement addresses experienced managers in purchasing, procurement, materials management and logistics, specialists who would like to develop into purchasing managers and members of management who want to optimize the procurement processes in their company. An academic degree is not required.

This intensive course comprises six three-day modules, each focusing on a different topic. Each module runs from Tuesday to Thursday, with an evening program on Wednesday evening.

You can obtain a module plan from the current edition of the course from the program manager.

We use various methods to ensure you can implement learning content in your company, including examining your performance in three areas. First, you must attend at least 90% of the classes for each module. Second, at the end of each module, you must submit a written paper to the seminar leader to demonstrate learning transfer (approx. ten pages; graded). Third, you will complete a group project across the modules. The task is to produce a written analysis of a topic and give a final presentation (both elements are graded).

Admission to the course is at the discretion of the program director. They will take into account your professional background, qualifications and completed training. An academic university-level degree or qualification is not a precondition of admission.

As our intensive courses are often fully booked well in advance, we recommend contacting the seminar leader right away. Making a reservation is the best way to secure a place with no obligation to proceed and also gives you time to make any internal organizational arrangements.

The total participation fee is CHF 18,750 for 18 study days (6 modules of 3 days each). This includes all documents, books, lunch and refreshments during the breaks. Not included are the costs for arrival and departure, accommodation, dinner and social evening events.

  • I think it's fantastic about this executive education that both worlds – purchasing and sales – can meet on a neutral field and find out: what does the other think, what are their considerations, what are their needs?
    Roberto Grassi
    Director RM IT Professional Ressources AG
  • The Intensive Studies for Purchasing Managers were a platform that gave you space and took you out of the daily business. I found it very interesting, among other things because of nice conversations at eye level and because this often-told enmity between purchasing and sales does not actually exist.
    Maximilian Lindner
    Strategic Buyer Emmi Schweiz AG
  • The intensive study program for purchasing managers enables you to reflect on the ever faster changes in the global market and to develop quintessences in an academic and professional environment. This is also what the alumni stand for after the successful seminar.
    Bertil Strub
    Head Category Manager, SoftwareOne


Porträt Jörg Grimm
Prof. Dr.
Jörg Grimm
Professor for Supply Chain Management, Berner Fachhochschule
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Moritz Nill
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Prof. Dr.
Elmar Holschbach
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Markus Lemme
Porträt Joerg Hofstetter
Prof. Dr.
Joerg Hofstetter
Porträt Kasra Nayabi
Kasra Nayabi
Porträt Jürg Honegger
Jürg Honegger
Porträt Michael Berndonner
Michael Berndonner
Andreas Klaue
Porträt Joost Roggenberg
Joost Roggenberg
Herbert Ruile
Prof. Dr.
Herbert Ruile
Porträt Stefan Kull
Prof. Dr.
Stefan Kull
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Miriam Kaufmann
Porträt Antonia Stalder
Antonia Stalder
Porträt Jens Maier
Jens Maier
Porträt Winfried Rugirok
Prof. Dr.
Winfried Ruigrok

Webinar: Circular procurement – First implementation steps for purchasing.

Here you can download the documents for the event in August 2023.

Executive Education at the IMC

Decisive for our success in executive education at the Institute for Marketing and Customer Insight (IMC) at the University of St.Gallen (HSG) are the holistic view of problems, orientation towards the reality of the markets, relevance of the content, competent lecturers, intensive interaction with the participants and new approaches for an efficient transfer of learning into practice.

The courses are modular and offer different seminars that can be booked individually. The individual seminars attended can also be credited towards a certificate (CAS) or diploma (DAS) at a later date. You will receive an officially recognised certificate from the University of St.Gallen for all further education courses attended. Our lecturers are from the University of St.Gallen and other renowned international business schools as well as personalities with proven practical experience. The HSG is known worldwide for its pioneering research and unique practical orientation.

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