When visiting a supplier

.... make sure you achieve what you planned.

From the perspective of a procurement professional within the manufacturing sector, Dave Barr will provide you with the knowledge, experience and structure to ensure you get the best out of the meetings you have with your suppliers, particularly when you are investing in time, expense and travel to the location of operations.

This course will explain and present how to; 

  • Prepare and communicate prior to leaving the office.
  • The benefits of having a structured and repeatable process when visiting suppliers.
  • How to ensure the supplier is practicing what they preach.
  • How to capture the real culture, behaviours and activities that will deliver to your bottom line, increase supplier performance and deliver supplier compliance.
  • Ensure actions are agreed and delivered in a timely manner that holds all parties to account.


Dave has over 25 years purchasing, procurement and supply chain experience and has worked in global manufacturing, service and retail environments.


Course curriculum (48 min)

    1. Introducing Dave Barr and Learning Targets

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    1. Download course material

    2. Preparation

    1. From desk to factory tour

    1. Use Third party reports and make sure to follow up.

    1. Dave's Quiz: Answer these 2 questions to verify your knowledge.

    1. Summary of the course - what we have learned.

About this course

  • €40,00
  • 7 lessons
  • Advanced level course
  • Tactical buyer role

Instructor Dave Barr

Real Life Buyer Dave Barr

Hello! I'm Dave Barr, also known as The Real Life Buyer. With over two decades of experience in purchasing, my career journey has been diverse and fulfilling. It all started when I was 16, commuting 20 miles to my technical apprenticeship on a 50cc bike, rain or shine. By 20, I was delving into Quality Engineering for industrial diesel engines, a field I deeply enjoyed. My commitment to quality led me to system and process improvements, and I played a key role in achieving BS5750 accreditation for my company. My passion for windsurfing took me to a seaside role as a Quality Manager, where I also began to dabble in purchasing. This interest blossomed into a career pivot, and I soon found myself as a Purchasing Manager. My dedication and hard work paid off, earning me a role as Commodity Manager, dealing with global manufacturing. A stint in procurement management with a major war gaming manufacturer followed, expanding my horizons in global supply chains and manufacturing. After a fulfilling five years there, I moved to a large business focusing on UK infrastructure, where I delved into a wider range of procurement activities, including facilities management. Family ties and the birth of my son eventually drew me back to the coast, where I rejoined a previous employer, bringing with me a wealth of experience. Ten more years have flown by, and my enthusiasm for procurement and facilities management continues unabated.

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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.