The training and education business unit has been setup in collaboration with Cranfield University, one of UK’s leading postgraduate universities. “We are pleased to be partnering with Cranfield University on this initiative. The university’s postgraduate procurement and supply chain courses are highly regarded within the industry and we believe our employees and clients will benefit enormously from this collaboration,” said Jens Pedersen, CEO of Efficio.
The Efficio Academy offers participants a blended learning experience, according to London-based Shirin Tomlinson, who leads the new practice. “The Academy offers a combination of classroom-based teaching, e-learning, on-the-job training and coaching, as well as access to the Efficio Academic Library to support self-directed learning and independent study.”
The training curriculum contains modules that span the procurement arena, including topics such as strategic sourcing, spend analytics, procurement transformation, contract and commercial management, logistics and network optimisation, category management, managed procurement service, supplier relationship management, due diligence support and operating model redesign. Mike Bernon, Director of Executive Development (SCM) at Cranfield University: “Together with Efficio we have developed an educational offering that will give participants access to some of the very best learning and development opportunities in the procurement arena. Efficio’s consultants operate at the forefront of the procurement industry, we are delighted to be working with them.”Efficio Academy will be used by the consulting firm to train its own circa 400 consultants internationally – Efficio has offices in the UK, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Middle East, Switzerland and the USA. “Our consultants will benefit from an enhanced personal development programme that has a broad range of content and allows for in-depth learning due to the variety of delivery approaches,” explained Pedersen.
The Academy will also be accessible for clients of Efficio. The consulting firm, founded in 2000, works for clients across a range of industries, such as Energy and Utilities, Financial Services, Manufacturing, Pharmaceutical and Healthcare, Private Equity, Retail, Food and Hospitality, High Tech and Telecoms. Names that are found on the firm’s client roster include the likes of BT, Barclays, British Gas, Coca Cola, DHL, Nokia, Philips, Prudential, Scandic, Volvo and Unilever. “For our clients, we are focused on designing and delivering tailored training by adapting and customising a curriculum that meets individual client needs,” said Tomlinson.
To ensure that both advisors as well as client have achieved the required knowledge, skills and project experience to apply their learnings to everyday practice, the syllabus has in-built phased assessments. Meanwhile, the curriculum and delivery has been certified and regularly audited to ensure that Efficio Academy adheres to the highest standards in the learning & development industry.
With the launch of an own training arm, Efficio follows in the footsteps of many larger consultancies, including the Big Four, who all have an own Academy/University serving both internal staff and clients.