Learn Purchasing and Procurement Basics Online

Be confident to build strong, collaborative relationships with suppliers and contribute positively to cost control of quality products



Purchasing and procurement functions are about much more than bringing goods and services into an organization. They are the foundation of strong, collaborative relationships with suppliers. Since many companies source products from around the globe more frequently than ever, a procurement manager needs strong capabilities. These skills cannot just be learned on the job: they need to be taught. As well, the value of procurement is now recognized as an integral part of cost control within the organization. In this course, you’ll learn the basics of procurement, including what a supply chain looks like, the purchasing cycle, essential tools and strategies for making the best purchasing relationships work, managing bids, and more.


This course will teach you how to:

  • Describe what a supply chain is
  • Describe your procurement department’s role within the organization
  • Understand the principles of the purchasing cycle
  • Apply the steps needed for managing a competitive bid process, from the request for proposals or qualifications through to negotiating the contract
  • Identify what it takes to set up a competitive bid for a contract
  • Defend your position on why a particular supplier should be selected based on an evaluation strategy
  • Be responsible for managing supplier performance, including controlling quality and setting and monitoring standards
  • Apply the tools of the procurement trade, from PC-based applications to cloud-based solutions


Course Content


Session One: Course Overview


Session Two: Supply Chain Management Basics


Session Three: The Purchasing Cycle


Session Four: Purchasing Toolkit


Session Five: Managing Competitive Bids


Session Six: Improving Efficiency and Accuracy


Session Seven: Analyzing and Reducing Risk in the Supply Chain


Session Eight: Managing Internal Relationships


Session Nine: Tools of the Trade


Course features:

9 Modules

Full Lifetime Access

Available on Web

Certificate of completion

5 Enrolled