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Are you looking to enhance your skills and expertise as a tactical buyer? Look no further! Our comprehensive online course covers all the essential knowledge and skills needed to excel in a tactical buyer role. Designed by industry experts, this course offers a perfect blend of theoretical knowledge and practical application, empowering you to thrive in the dynamic world of procurement. This course is perfect for any one in any type or size of organization who wants to learn more about how to contract material and services in a professional way. Some experience in operative procurement is recommended. It is ideal for operative buyers, general managers, small business owners, corporate procurement staff, sales teams, and anyone who wants better understand the activities driving sourcing and sourcing decisions. We understand that balancing work and personal commitments can be challenging. That's why our tactical buyer online course is designed to fit your schedule, with self-paced modules and 24/7 access to the learning platform. Study at your own pace and complete the course on your terms. Upon successful completion of the course, you'll receive a certification that demonstrates your expertise and commitment to professional development. Showcase your new skills on your resume and LinkedIn profile, and set yourself apart in the competitive job market. Don't miss out on this opportunity to elevate your tactical buyer skills and take your career to new heights. Enroll in our online course today and unlock the knowledge you need to succeed in the ever-evolving world of procurement. Invest in your future and become the tactical buyer every organization needs – your journey to success starts here!

Learning objectives - tactical procurement

A bundle of courses to understand; the 8 steps in a modern sourcing process, how to keep track of your supplier market, your suppliers risk and product qualification. All the basic processes in a tactical buyer's everyday life.

What is a market analysis? Why, how and when is a market analysis done? These are questions that are answered. EFFSO provide the basics around RFI, RFP and RFQ.

A standardized procurement process consists of steps 1-4, process steps before sending a quote request to the market and steps 5-8, the process steps that prepare a quote request, contract a supplier and implement a new supply chain.

Know your supplier involves collecting information about your suppliers and thereby reducing the risks that naturally arise in the supply chain.

What is a Supplier Audit, when and why is it appropriate to conduct a Supplier Audit? After the course, you know.

What a product qualification process when and if a tactical buyer should apply this process. The answers come in the course and in addition a general introduction to some standard qualification processes.

Supplier development and how to build a supplier development program. EFFSO has the answer.

Supplier Management supports a differentiated commitment with suppliers and defines the most appropriate relationship. By optimizing supplier management, suppliers' contributions are also optimized.

The last course is a 1 on 1 e-meeting (60 minutes) with a course instructor converting online lectures to real-life practice.

Tactical buyer role

Strategic sourcing

Many times you see the description Strategic Buyer where tasks consist of sourcing and contracting, something Learn How to Source organize in in the role Tactical buyer. Due to the sprawling descriptions of Strategic buyer, that role has been avoided. Strategic buyer, in job advertisements, is more an indication that the potential new colleague should be experienced rather than a description of a role. Learn How to Source chooses to divide Strategic sourcing into the roles Purchasing Management and Tactical buyer.

The role of Tactical Buyer and the relationship with Operational procurement is described by Arjan van Weele in the book Purchasing and Supply Chain Management.

Examples of tasks that are part of the Tactical Buyer role are market analysis, sourcing, handling of supplier quotations, negotiation and contracting of deliveries that the organization needs. This is done by running and participating in cross-functional category / procurement teams and improvement initiatives. Supplier Management supports a differentiated commitment with suppliers and defines the most appropriate relationship. By optimizing supplier management, suppliers' contributions are also optimized.

The role also includes coordination of product life-cycle, project management in supplier development projects, processes Know your supplier (collection of information about suppliers and thereby reduce the risks that naturally arise in the supply chain), Supplier Audit (when and why it is appropriate to implement a Supplier) Audit) and possibly a product qualification process.


  • Level: Basic

  • Instructors: Fredrik Axelsson + EFFSO + Hans Nilsson.

  • Duration: 15-25 minutes per course.

  • Schedule: Course available during 60 days

  • Participants: Course is purchased per participant

  • Language: English.

  • Course material: Available for download in each online course

  • Certificate: Course certificate after each module.

  • 1 on 1 with course instructor.

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EFFSO and...

Senior instructor. Fredrik Axelsson

Meet Fredrik, a seasoned procurement professional from Gothenburg, Sweden, with a Master's in Economics from Gothenburg University and an Executive MBA from Stockholm Business School. With roles at LM Ericsson, Solectron Sweden AB, Axelson Purchasing Resources AB, Saab AB, and Alstom/GE, Fredrik has amassed expertise in sourcing and procurement. In 2017, he launched Sourcing Partner, a procurement consultancy firm how also own and manage Learn How to Source. Fredrik's diverse experience spans from Operative Buyer to Sourcing Director and roles like Commodity Manager and Business Development, in line organizations and projects, including industries like banking and manufacturing. Fredrik's story is one of continuous growth, learning, and adaptation, making him a well-rounded professional with a wealth of knowledge to offer.

Instructor Hans Nilsson

Let me introduce you to Hans, a highly skilled professional with a master's degree in mechanical engineering. Hans' career is a tapestry of diverse roles, showcasing his versatility and expertise in various fields. He has served as a Quality/Environmental Manager, Production Manager, and CEO, demonstrating his adaptability and leadership skills in both large global corporations and smaller companies. Hans' experience extends to conducting ISO audits for various certification bodies, underlining his thorough understanding of quality and environmental standards. His journey also includes impactful roles as a quality/environmental manager and a production manager, contributing significantly to the businesses he was a part of. Currently, Hans is a driving force at DQS Sweden, a certification company he runs with a colleague. DQS is recognized as one of the largest certification bodies globally, and Hans' involvement speaks volumes about his proficiency and commitment to excellence. Throughout his career, Hans has consistently focused on improvement work. This has ranged from spearheading company-wide profitability enhancements to leading technologically advanced production projects. His career is a testament to his dedication to continuous improvement and innovation in the engineering field.

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About Learn How to Source

Learn How to Source is an online platform based in Sweden, offering a range of procurement courses accessible globally. It serves as a community where procurement experts share their knowledge through online courses, designed for various experience levels from introductory to expert. Courses are concise, about 30 minutes each, and cover different aspects of procurement, tailored for different buyer roles. The courses focus on practical knowledge, presented by seasoned professionals, and include quizzes and certificates. They can be accessed from any device, emphasizing microlearning for flexibility and efficiency.