France - Western Europe

KEDGE Business School MAI - Management des Achats Internationaux et Innovation


Program overview

Purchasing used to be about finding the cheapest prices. This is no longer the case. Today purchasing is about working with strategic suppliers to capture Innovation and implement it as quickly as possible.

The focus is now on innovation capture and speed-to-market and the role of purchasing has become extremely strategic. Key suppliers have now become a real force of proposition. This change requires a totally different breed of Purchasing professionals.

The MAI is recognized by multinationals as being at the leading age of Purchasing and Innovation capture for New Product Development


Curriculum (courses, subject modules)



Module 1:

After many years being considered as a simple support function, Purchasing and Procurement has become highly strategic. It will look at all areas of industry a business, and analyze the goods component ingredients and services which are purchased by these different sectors. The module will look at the many changes which have occurred in Purchasing and Procurement and the rapidly changing role of Purchasing professionals.

Module 2:

This module will look at the ways and means to bring about change to organization. It will focus particularly on examples in Purchasing and Procurement and will highlight the skills and competencies which are pre‐requisite for bringing about change in companies and organizations.

Module 3:

This module will focus on the different aspects of Purchasing and Procurement which necessitate clear vision leadership and management. This module will also enable the student to start to identify how he/she will be able to develop the skills that will enable him/her to play a role in tomorrow's Purchasing organization.


Module 1:

We are in rapidly changing economic environment. This module will look at the multi‐nationals companies which figure today in the top 300 multi‐nationals world‐wide. It will study their
products, their development, their competition, their recent strategic changes, their last 5 years performance and determine where these companies are aiming to grow their respective business.

Module 2:

This module will look at the way the world is changing from a geographical, financial and resources point of view. It will study the geo‐political impact on world business and the challenges that these changes offer to multi‐national today. It will look at growth potential in emerging market. It will also look at new and potential investment market. It will look at the direct impact on Purchasing strategy on multinational.

Module 3:

This module focuses on the changing relationships between a company and his strategic suppliers. It will look at how companies are linking strategic Purchasing directly with sustainable performance. It will compare the older down‐stream model of Purchasing with what has now become upstream Sourcing and Purchasing. It will also look at the changing role of the Purchasing professional both within the company working with internal prescribers and externally with  strategic suppliers.


Module 1:

This module will focus on the financial aspect of the day‐to‐day running of a company. It will give details insight of financial information and ratios which will enable the student to analyze the on‐going performance of a company in an international context. It will allow students to analyze the financial elements and risks involved in doing business across borders.

Module 2:

This module will cover the best‐in‐class tools and techniques which are being used in Purchasing and Procurement today.

Module 3:

The module will look at not only the type of tools being used but more importantly how the tools are implementing and how we can insure that the tools are used efficiently on an everyday basis. When can they be used? Managing the implementation of tools.

Module 4:

The module will focus on the implementation and application of Purchasing tools in the work‐place. It will cover the application of Purchasing tools and processes both in production Purchasing and non‐production Purchasing. The module will look at the vital performance indicators which enable Purchasing to be driven forward efficiently and professionally in a multi‐site environment.


Module 1:

This module will look at how new products are designed and developed. The module will look at the importance of product change and innovation especially in the FMCG (Fast moving
consumer goods) sectors. It will look at the roles of the NPD (New product development) team from idea through to proto‐type, sample and product launch. The module will focus on the growing
role of strategic suppliers in enabling innovation capture and improving speed‐to‐market.

Module 2:

This module will look at how new products are designed and developed, but more especially with regard to respecting the environment. The module will look at how companies integrate all social aspects when sourcing in new emerging markets and geographical zones with less social regulation. The module will also focus on all aspects of CSR in purchasing and procurement today.





Admission conditions

Required diploma(s) :

  • Bachelor

Tuition & Fees

Between 19900 and 27900 €

120 euros of application fee to pay online to send your application. (Prior to submitting your online application, you will be prompted to pay the non-refundable application fee. The application fee must be paid online by credit card when you submit your application. Your application will not be complete until we receive payment of the application fee. The application fee may not be applied toward any future applications at KEDGE Business School.)


Employment opportunities & career impact

Average time for obtaining the first job offer : 98% of graduates find a job within 6 months after graduation

Employment opportunities :

The Multinationals recruiting MAI students today are in almost all sectors: Agro-Alimentary, Cosmetics, Household goods, Pharmaceutical, Automobile, Aeronautic and most service industries.

JOB TYPES: Lead Buyer / International Purchasing Director / Marketing Director / Consultant / Managing Director / Purchasing & Logistic Manager / Product Purchasing Manager / HR Purchasing Group Manager / Strategic Purchasing Director / New Product Director / Director of Innovation / International Sourcing Director


  • Purchasing category manager : 22 %
  • Lead Buyer : 20 %
  • Innovation Sourcing Manager : 12 %
  • Purchasing Director : 1 1%
  • New Product Development Manager : 10 %
  • Category Manager Marketing : 1 0%
  • Product / Brand Manager : 8 %
  • Consultant : 7%



Air France, Aventis, BMS, Bosch, Bouygues, Cadbury, Chupa Chups, Danone, Delphi, Diageo Guinness, EADS, EDF, Eiffage, Henkel, Heineken, Hermès, HP, Johnson & Johnson, Kraft, La Poste, Legrand, L’Oréal, LVMH, Michelin, Microsoft, Nestlé, Nokia, Novartis, Procter & Gamble, Reckitt Benckiser, Renault, Safran, Sanofi, Schweppes, Schlumberger, SNPE, Saipem, Thales, Toyota


Application Deadlines

Short Track :

Admission level : International Bachelor's degree (4 years)

Duration : 18 months

Degree : Master of Science

Campus : Bordeaux

Language : English

Long Track :

Admission level : Bachelor's degree

Duration : 30 months

Degree : Master of Science

Campus : Bordeaux

Language : English

Faculty profiles

KEDGE Business School's faculty is made up of almost 183 full-time lecturers and several hundred professional and academic speakers who teach at our French and international campuses.

The full-time faculty is comprised of lecturers-researchers, 90% of whom hold a PhD. 44% are international professors from over 30 different countries.

Due to the dynamics of the merger process, globalisation and the growth Kedge Business School is experiencing, it now boasts a substantial and incredibly diverse faculty, a strong asset in the face of new challenges in the fields of research and education.

Academic Excellence:

KEDGE is one of the European leaders in academic research on management, with a very ambitious research output.


KEDGE produces the equivalent of one article in a top-ranking journal every day.

In the 2017 ranking of best schools for research in management performed by L'Etudiant, the leading French magazine covering student orientation, KEDGE Business School came out on top in France with a total of 103 articles across all categories published by its faculty in 2015.

This exceptional performance is the result of its excellence strategy applied since the School's creation in 2013.

With three Centres of Excellence: Marketing, Supply Chain and CSR, and five Centres of Expertise: Wine & Spirits, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Health Management, Finance Reconsidered and Creative Industries & Culture, the School affirms its academic expertise on several key issues in management sciences.

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