Real Life Buyer podcast

about integrating learning in the weekly agenda

This isn’t just about academic learning or professional training; the podcast delves into the essence of continuous personal and professional growth by making the most of day-to-day experiences.

In the bustling world of podcasts, the RLB (Real Life Buyer) podcast stands out as a unique gem for professionals and enthusiasts alike. 

In this episode, the host Dave Barr sits down with Fredrik Axelsson, the founder of Learn How to Source (LHTS). Fredrik brings to the table an intriguing perspective: How can a department, especially one as critical and dynamic as procurement, be a platform for continuous learning?

Highlights of the Episode:

  • Everyday Learning: Dave and Fredrik discuss how microlearning, can be a reservoir of knowledge. Topics about negotiating with vendors to understanding market trends, each step offers a chance to enhance one’s skills once broken down into small manageable packages of knowledge.
  • Cultivating a Learning Culture: The duo touches upon the importance of fostering a culture that encourages questioning, innovation, and the sharing of knowledge. When a department sees every challenge as an opportunity to learn, it not only grows but thrives.
  • Tools & Resources: The conversation shifts to the practical side of things, with Fredrik recommending tools, platforms, and methodologies that build LHTS's delivery. This serves as a guide for listeners who wish to replicate this learning-integrated approach in their organizations.

Wh listen to podcast?

The RLB podcast episode with Fredrik Axelsson is more than just a conversation; it’s an exploration of a mindset. In a world that’s rapidly evolving, the ability to learn from every experience, every interaction, and every challenge is what sets the successful apart from the rest.

Listeners are left with not just insights into the world of procurement but also a broader understanding of how to make learning an intrinsic part of their lives. The RLB podcast, through such enlightening episodes, reinforces the belief that learning is not confined to classrooms or training sessions; it’s happening right here, in our real-life interactions, every single day.


    1. Introduction and Learning objectives

    2. Real Life Buyer. Learning and developing your procurement skills

About this course

  • Free
  • For your benefit
  • Introduction level
  • All buyer roles

Operative Procurement Processes

Next Step

The course introduce how Arjan van Weele define operative and tactical procurement, what a buyer buy and 8 important processes which manage day to day work for the operative buyer.

Participating are Dave Barr and Fredrik Axelsson

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.

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.

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.