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Expert Purchasing Management


Are you a purchasing manager who worries about balancing the many demands of your leadership role? You're not alone. Today's companies are expecting more than ever from their purchasing managers. And today's environment is confronting purchasing managers with more challenges than ever.

Between being accountable for measurable results, pleasing internal customers, and ensuring that your purchasing staff improves its productivity, you may feel it is impossible to do a good job. After all, it isn't easy keeping up with evolving best practices, new technologies, and changing markets.

But fortunately, there is a way for you to learn how to meet and exceed today's high standards for purchasing management excellence. The highly personal and interactive online course "Expert Purchasing Management" will teach you everything you need to know to lead your purchasing department to new levels of success!

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take me to complete the course?

The amount of time it takes to complete the course is dependent upon the time you are able to spend in study. Each lesson takes approximately 30-60 minutes to complete and the course is comprised of 8 lessons. Students generally complete the course in 4-8 hours.

Will I be able to work at my own pace?

Yes. The online format of the instruction method allows you to proceed according to your own pace. Your personal schedule governs your completion time. The material is available on demand online.

Are there any required books for the course?

No. The course is completely online and you will also receive a printer-friendly version of the course. This are included at no additional cost to you.

Can I assess what I have learned?

Yes. Each lesson has a review quiz. From there you will be able to determine if you understood the concepts or if you still need to review the materials further. You will need to score 70% or higher overall on the quizzes to successfully complete the course.


You will learn how to report purchasing performance metrics to senior management, plus...

  • things about the purchasing environment that you need to assess right away
  • How to develop a purchasing customer service survey
  • Tips for improving purchasing staff productivity
  • The secrets for involving internal customers and establishing a successful Purchasing Advisory Board
  • The most important things to consider when naming your purchasing department
  • 5 common purchasing department structures and their advantages and disadvantages
  • How to prioritize commodities that the purchasing department will source
  • 4 indicators that you should look for to identify non-traditional areas for potential savings
  • 3 different ways to assign buyer responsibilities
  • The types of various purchasing profit center models and the dangers of choosing the wrong one
  • How to staff your purchasing department with the right people
  • How to create a Purchasing Dashboard
  • How to set the perfect purchasing department goals
  • How to develop purchasing policies and procedures
  • How to establish a standard sourcing process
  • Strategies for using templates to improve productivity and reduce problems
  • Best practices for making recommendations to senior management
  • 3 ways to reduce the tactical purchasing activity under your management
  • 5 steps to take to ensure that you don't do buyers' work
  • How to improve compliance with purchasing initiatives
  • The essentials of launching a purchasing department Web site
  • How to assess the available purchasing technology by watching video demonstrations of leading software from Ariba and Zycus
  • 10 keys to eSourcing success


Evaluation of your performance will be based on...

Eight (8) Individual lesson quizzes consisting of 5 questions each for a total of 40 questions

You must earn a 70% (or 28 out of 40 questions correct) or higher in order to successfully pass the course. You must earn a 70% or higher in order to successfully pass this course (28 out of 40 questions correct). Students may retake quizzes an unlimited amount of times during the 60 days they have from the time of purchase.

course quick facts
course code DED3977
cost $219.00
estimated time to
complete course
8 Hours
course materials
60 Days