Making the Right Things in the Right Places

One day course, 28 February 2018
A structured approach to reconfiguring your company's international footprint of manufacturing activities in this one day intensive course. For Senior operations executives who lead strategic change programmes in global manufacturing, operations or supply chain strategy. It will help those seeking to develop awareness of the important global, enterprise-level strategic challenges that your business is facing, to increase customer responsiveness, reduce cost, improve access to key resources, and increase resilience to risk.


This course covers a practical approach and toolset for:

  • developing make-or-buy strategy, balancing protection of critical production capabilities with effective use of supply partners
  • designing a long-term transformation plan for your global network of plants and supply partners (covering incremental, breakthrough, and clean sheet scenarios)
  • understanding the fundamental drivers of synergies across the global network (that promote growth, lower costs, better access to resources and resilience to risk)
  • understanding the right level of data analysis and how to engage stakeholders across complex organisations

On the day you will also:

  • Consider the history, application and underlying principles of manufacturing footprint strategy.
  • Explore the impact of market and technological drivers
  • Review the latest approaches to advanced analysis that help to guide high level strategic principles and ongoing footprint development.
  • Gain practical insights into how the tools have helped leading companies to develop competitive advantage through footprint transformation.





'I left the course with a great understanding of the tools which I have since applied in my role, helping to make important strategic decisions regarding long-term footprint reconfiguration. The course enabled me to make clear recommendations to senior stakeholders with confidence, knowing that they would lead to benefits in terms of ambitious growth and delivery of global synergies in cost and innovation.'


Global Advanced Technology Manager, Electrical Engineering Systems



Who should attend

  • Senior operations executives looking to inspire thought leadership in manufacturing footprint development across complex organisations.
  • Mid-level operations managers and executives who lead strategic change programmes in global manufacturing.
  • Strategic analysts and internal consultants who support major strategic change programmes.
  • High potential functional leaders and managers who are seeking to develop awareness of the important global, enterprise-level strategic challenges that the business is facing.
  • Those wanting to inspire transformation within global manufacturing to increase customer responsiveness, reduce cost, improve access to key resources, and increase resilience to risk.



Course Presenters 

Paul Christodoulou and Don Fleet have led the development and application of the IfM approach to Manufacturing Footprint Strategy in blue chip companies over the last 14 years, and are co-authors of the publication Making the Right Things in the Right Places. Prior to working with IfM, Paul and Don both held senior operational and strategic roles in global manufacturing companies.




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Making the Right Things in the Right Places


The course can be run in company, tailored to meet your organisation's requirements. If you would like to discuss in company courses, please contact us. 



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The course fee is £1000 Plus VAT. The fees are inclusive of course refreshments, lunch and a copy of the course book 'Making the right things in the right places: a structured approach to manufacturing footprint strategy' as well as 'Capturing value through global networks' which cover a broader set of supply chain strategy tools developed by the IfM.


IfM members are entitled to a 10% discount on the above course fees. For details of IfM membership see


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To book a place please download and complete the booking form, or to book and pay online with a credit card, click here.


Please return the booking form to:


Events Team
IfM Education and Consultancy Services Ltd
Institute for Manufacturing
17 Charles Babbage Road

T: +44 (0)1223 766141 
F: +44(0)1223 464217 


You will receive confirmation of receipt of your booking form by email, usually within 48 hours. Final confirmation of your booking together with joining instructions, including maps etc, will be sent approximately one week before the start of the event, usually by email to the email address provided on your form.


This event may contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as part of your professional institution's monitoring scheme.



Substitutions may be made at any time. Bookings cancelled less than 10 days prior to the event will be charged in full.


We reserve the right to modify the course programme of any event up to the day of the event.


It may, in exceptional circumstances, be necessary to cancel or rearrange an event at short notice. IfM and IfM ECS can accept no liability for loss caused by cancellation or rearrangement. Its liability is limited to refund of the registration fee if the event is cancelled. For further information on our Terms and Conditions, please click here.