Open Book Processes


Event summary

Attend this three-day course, jointly accredited by CIPFA and CIMA, to learn how effective open book systems and processes can make your supply chain more efficient.


05 Mar 2019 09:00
02 Apr 2019 16:00


CIPFA Mansell Street
77 Mansell Street
Greater London
E1 8AN
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Standard price

£995.00 excl VAT

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About this event

Open book processes can be an effective mechanism for generating cost savings and improving value for money – if they are well understood and effectively implemented.

CIPFA’s Open Book Processes course will help you to develop an understanding of and a strategy for implementing open book systems and processes.

You will:

  • learn how to create dynamic and innovative ways of operating that will support the overall delivery of value for money within your services
  • understand the key skills required to develop and manage sustainable improvements to your business plans.

The course is delivered in association with our training partner for Open Book Processes, Stradia Ltd. and is jointly accredited with CIMA.

Who is the course aimed at?

The Open Book Processes course is aimed at all client and contract partner staff who wish to develop and improve their practical understanding of open book tools and techniques.


The course is completed over three days of classroom learning - 5, 6 March and 2 April, 2019 in London.

Course outline

Below is summary of what the course covers. Please download the course brochure for full details.

  • Session 1 – The Procurement Process
  • Session 2 – Initiating open book accounting processes
  • Session 3 – Managing an open book accounting contract
  • Session 4 – Techniques for reducing cost
  • Session 5 – Corporate governance and auditing
  • Session 6 – Team structure
  • Session 7 – Performance improvement
  • Session 8 – Workshop review
  • Session 9 – Open book processes in practice
  • Session 10 – Personal development
  • Session 11 – Examination leading to CIPFA/CIMA accreditation


You will be assessed by examination on the last day of the course.


On successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a CIPFA and CIMA certificate.

In-house delivery

In addition to our open courses, Open Book Processes can also be delivered in-house and at your location, saving you valuable time and money.

This is especially cost-effective for organisations interested in training a number of individuals or whole teams and requires a measure of flexibility in delivery.

For more information about running the programme in-house, contact us at:


  • Accounting
  • / Commissioning
  • / Financial management
  • / Financial reporting

Speaker - Nigel Barr: Trainer

Nigel Barr

Partnering, procurement and performance specialist Nigel, started his career as a chartered quantity surveyor working in both professional practice and for contracting organisations. During this time, he became responsible for the commercial management of major infrastructure projects and developed a keen interest in effective procurement strategies and open book accounting. Nigel has advised and provided support and guidance to many large public and private sector organisations in the field of contract management, partnering, procurement and performance management and improvement. The practical experience that Nigel has gained provides the basis for his well-known seminars and workshops which he has held throughout the UK and Scandinavia.