Expert Purchasing Management

Learn how to expertly manage a purchasing department

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. Our 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!


Leaders develop their purchasing management skills in this course.

SPSM-BOK® Level: 2
Competency: Purchasing Management
CEHs: 8

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Leaders develop their purchasing management skills in this course.Expert Purchasing Management

Learn how to expertly manage a purchasing department

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. Our 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!

You will learn:

  • How to report purchasing performance metrics to senior management
  • 4 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

How This Online Course Works

  • Start this on-demand course any time after you enroll; there’s no pre-scheduled start date!
  • This course has 8 lessons; it will take you between 30-60 minutes to complete each lesson.
  • Progress through the course at your own pace, accessing easy-to-understand reading material, exciting exercises, optional multimedia, quizzes, and even a fun mid-term game!
  • What if you have questions on the material? Ask a friendly, expert instructor any questions you may have!
  • Learn best practices and processes designed so that you can apply your new skills in the real world!

To learn more about how full-length online procurement courses from the Next Level Purchasing Association work, watch this short video.

What are others saying about this course?

"I believe the Next Level Purchasing Association's course Expert Purchasing Management is worth your time and dollars. It provides methodologies to gather intelligence on organizational perceptions, to determine how purchasing is measured and how well it is performing, to determine current staff skill levels and gaps between what the skill levels should be, and to improve morale."

Expert Purchasing management reviewMichael G. Lamoureux, BSc, MSc, PhD
Editor, The Sourcing Innovation Blog
President, ToP KaTS Consulting
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada

Ready To Enroll?

If you are:

  • A purchasing manager or someone who aspires to that role
  • Looking for comprehensive guidance on implementing expert purchasing management practices

Then “Expert Purchasing Management” would be a great course for you.

Bonuses for enrolling by deadline below:

  • FREE printer-friendly, PDF version of the course material
  • FREE Lifetime Purchasing Skills Retention Package

Number of Courses: 1

Length of Training: 6-8 hours

Duration of Access: 60 days

Start Date: Access begins as soon as you enroll

Cost: $229 US

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The deadline for the pricing and bonuses listed above is August 31, 2016.