Expert Purchasing Management

The online course for the management of purchasing departments

207 student reviews

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, plus...

  • 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

Sign Up For This Online Purchasing Class

A great thing about this online class is that you are GUARANTEED to be able to apply what you learn to your work. That's right - your online learning experience is 100% risk-free. If you are not satisfied for any reason whatsoever, let us know within seven days of signing up and you will get a hassle-free refund. But you'll undoubtedly be delighted, just like this recent student:

Purchasing Management - Online Purchasing Management Course "I believe Next Level Purchasing's new 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."

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

Here's how this online class works. Within 24 hours of signing up, you will receive an email containing a user name, a password, and instructions. After receiving this email, you will be able to begin the class immediately!

That's right – you start the course when YOU want to, not when a schedule demands that you start. You don't have to wait to start transforming yourself into a world-class purchasing professional. You will log into the online classroom through and will be able to access the eight lessons of the class for 60 days.

You can complete the eight lessons of the course whenever you want to, as quickly or deliberately as you would like. There is no specific time that you have to be online. Each lesson takes approximately 30 to 60 minutes to complete. You can stop after doing each lesson or take multiple (or even all) lessons at one time. So for any given time that you choose to log in to the online classroom, you might spend just 30 minutes online (to take just one lesson)or up to eight hours online (if you want to complete the entire class in one sitting). It is all up to you! By participating in these lessons, you will:

  • Read powerful, practical, and easy-to-understand class material
  • Engage in exciting hands-on, interactive, Web-based exercises
  • Listen to optional audio clips of the material
  • Watch optional video summaries of each lesson
  • Take quizzes that provide you with immediate feedback
  • Play a fun mid-term game to reinforce your learning
  • Ask questions of our instructor and get personal responses quickly

By enrolling in this class, you will be on your way to earning your SPSM2® Certification. Expert Purchasing Management satisfies a portion of the requirements towards earning the SPSM2® Certification.

Completing "Expert Purchasing Management" will award you with 8 Continuing Education Hours.* These continuing education hours will satisfy a portion of the SPSM recertification requirements. Click here for more information on SPSM recertification and other continuing education opportunities.

When you complete this class, you will receive a Certificate of Completion! This full-color purchasing certificate is sent to you by postal mail and is suitable for framing. Here's what our certificates look like:

Fundamentals of Purchasing - Purchasing Fundamentals

By completing this course you will also gain access to the Lifetime Purchasing Skills Retention Package, free of charge. The Lifetime Purchasing Skills Retention Package is designed to support a lifetime return of your training investment through skills-sharpening material and services that are absolutely free. This service is available for every full-length course you complete and includes:

  • Monthly retention emails which focus on important course learning objectives
  • Access to a Quick Reference Guide which allows you to review key points on demand
  • Invitations to quarterly review webinars

And if you sign up for this purchasing training class on or before April 30, 2014, you will get all of these bonuses:

  • FREE printer-friendly, PDF version of the class material!
  • FREE Purchasing Performance Measurement spreadsheet template!
  • FREE access to educational Web-audio interviews with supply chain leaders!

The class and all of these bonuses are yours for only $229 (US) per student . Don't procrastinate and lose out on all of these bonuses.

Need more information? Click here to send us your questions.

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Increasing Your Personal Productivity, Part I
Increasing Your Personal Productivity, Part II
Preventing and Managing Backdoor Selling
How To Plan For Outsourcing Success
7 Critical Steps of Effective Supplier Selection
Procurement KPI's & Business Acumen, Part I
Procurement KPI's & Business Acumen, Part II
Procurement KPI's & Business Acumen, Part III
Procurement KPI's & Business Acumen, Part IV
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*Participants who successfully complete this program will receive the specified number of hours of continuing education. They may be applied toward Next Level Purchasing's SPSM Certification program requirements as well as ISM C.P.M. recertification and/or A.P.P. reaccreditation program requirements. ISM's consent to provide a program number for this educational event is not an endorsement of this program or its content by ISM.

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