Director's message, Mr. Gordon Crichton - MAI - Management des Achats Internationaux et Innovation KEDGE Business School
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KEDGE Business School
MAI - Management des Achats Internationaux et Innovation

MR. GORDON CRICHTONProgramme Director of MAI - International Purchasing & Innovation Management of KEDGE Business School

Whether you are an engineer, a graduate of a grande école, have a university master's degree or have solid professional experience, pursuing a specialised master's degree is a guarantee that you will broaden your skills and complete or enhance your initial training. You will also have to make the crucial choice of a profession corresponding to your personality, guaranteeing your professional and personal development. The job opportunities are also of the utmost importance to you. Your immediate objective is therefore to find a springboard training course to succeed quickly in a profession with a future and rich in diversity.

The growing number of job offers in purchasing clearly shows that successful companies are looking for highly qualified men and women to take on this strategic role (according to APEC, 78% of the offers for purchasing executives require a specialised diploma in purchasing, of which the MAI diploma is the most important). The MAI specifically guarantees management skills (closely linked to interpersonal skills and personality) as well as solid abilities in purchasing culture and techniques, which are essential for carrying out the new missions assigned to today's purchasing managers. At MAI, there are more than 1100 job offers for 400 students each year.

Multinationals now recruit MAI students in almost every sector: food, cosmetics, household products, pharmaceuticals, automotive, aeronautics, not to mention most service industries.

Initial training is an additional asset for future employment and often a determining factor. Thus, whether you are a scientist or a manager, the "Purchasing" specialisation is not a turning point, but rather a pragmatic continuation that allows you to optimise your initial training, in a management function, in a communication profession and in an evolving and international context. The MSc programme delivered entirely in English is available full-time in Bordeaux.

Today's business world presents us all with a great challenge. It is up to the young graduates to take up this challenge!

Choose a Master, an MS or an MBA in Purchasing

Pictogramme The Sector of Purchasing

This sector of business is a field that involves managing the practice of buying and selling goods. The importance of this sector is just beginning to become evident, as it is becoming prevalent and understood that the selling and buying practices of a corporation can detrimentally or positively affect is economic growth. It is important that companies continue to keep overhead costs down to promote profit; thus, leading to increased demand for professionals in this field.

Pictogramme Follow a Masters/MS/MBA in Purchasing

A secondary masters degree in Purchasing will allow students to garner an education that is focused on economic development and business management skills. To have within this field students will be trained in business development and strategies related to growth as well. Purchasing involves strategic decision making and problem solving skills. To develop this skillset, those studying purchasing will take classes regarding sociology and economy to help guide them through this factor.

Pictogramme To Work in the sector of Purchasing

Working in the special sector of selling and purchasing involves a utilization of specialized skills. Having experience in economic development, human resources, and a unique knack for gauging needs of customers and consumers are all necessary to ensure professional success in this sector. The hands on experience acquired through the educational courses in this field will prepare all who choose to join the sector with the tools to be successful within this field which has incredible growth potential as well.

Pictogramme This area of specialty in 2019

In 2019, the sector of purchasing management focuses on trend observation and research on demographics of any specific product targeted group. For example, each generation has different spending habits and patterns throughout periods in time. Some time ago, the largest spenders on makeup may have been middle aged women; now it is adolescent or teenage girls. The demographic has shifted and it is up to purchasing managers to observe, package, and adjust their purchasing and selling habits accordingly to ensure management success. The purchasing sector in 2019 involves being aware of the social market and their trends as well.

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