1. create or prepare elements of something
put structure/plan/process in place
To 'put something in place' can mean to make arrangements so that something else can happen. "I have put the systems in place for you to begin work." "Everything is put in place for you to begin your internship." It can also mean to physically put something in the position in which it belongs. "She put the photo album in place on the shelf where she found it." You will often hear this used in professional environments to talk about making arrangements.