A 2004 graduate is at the helm of the “Expenditure and Supply Chain Management” specialisation

Reintroduced by Mathilde Emeriau in 2013, the Specialisation “Expenditure Management and Strategy” were developed to respond to the needs of businesses in any sector, following a large shortage of competent purchasers, both in France and abroad. Mathilde Emeriau, 2004 graduate and head of the “Expenditure and Supply Chain Management” course, explains the evolution of this module since the 80’s.

“From 1985 until the end of the 90’s, the Purchasing profession developed and acquired a very good reputation. Spenders developed partnerships with suppliers, managed subcontracting, analysed and grouped products according to their market, and opened themselves to the international market. At that time, the Purchasing Management role grew through efficiency. From 1998, company heads started realising the strategic role of Spending and it started playing an important role in companies and managing inter-department relations. At this point, the role was used for identifying financial impacts in the value chain, optimising performance and using precise analyses to select suppliers.”

“I started the module with 2 objectives: improve employability and practicality. All the speakers are field professionals with a lot of responsibilities in French and international companies. I wanted our students to be in direct contact with market experts. These experts come up with a particular topic, either transversal (Contract Management, Negotiation Techniques, Change Management, Financial Guidance etc.) or an occupational issue (intellectual performance expenditure, logistics expenditure etc.). It’s essential for me that students discover all the aspects to this profession.”

“I also wanted to include values in my lessons that I believe are vital. It’s essential so that our students become responsible spending managers, so that they can understand the issues of their job. The lectures that we have are full of stories and anecdotes and there are plenty of cases of success, as well as failure, so that the students can experience the reality of the business world through these meetings. All my speakers are also prospective recruiters… Last year, 30% of the speakers hired my students and 30% of those were exclusive offers. The professional network, hand in hand with the implication and motivation of students, are the keys to success in this Specialisation. I’m counting on them to put in a good performance!”