Course presentation

Course Level: 

Basic level course.  Approx: 30 minutes.

Course Description:

Our course, Operative Procurement Processes 2 is specifically designed to shed light on how the nature of what is ordered shapes the operational buyer's approach and methodology. This course delves into the intricate relationship between the types of products or services procured and the operational procedures employed by buyers. You will learn that not all operative processes are one-size-fits-all; they must be adapted to the unique characteristics of each product or service, or even not applied at all. 

We'll introduce how the ordering process (placing Purchase Orders) impacts the work of an operative buyer. This includes practical insights into how these orders affect stock turnover and the calculation of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).

Special Focus on Excess and Obsolescence: Delve into the Excess and Obsolete process, one of the eight crucial operative procurement processes. Understand what 'excess' (overstocking beyond forecasted demand) and 'obsolescence' (no demand at a product's end of life) mean, and learn strategies to prevent stock-related issues.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding Product and Service Characteristics: Gain an understanding of how different types of products and services require varying procurement approaches.

  • Adapting Operational Processes: Learn to adapt and modify operational buying procedures based on the specific characteristics of the product or service.

Who Should Enroll:

  • Operational buyers seeking to refine their procurement strategies.

  • Procurement professionals aiming to understand the impact of product and service characteristics on their work.

  • Anyone in the supply chain or procurement sector looking to broaden their understanding of operational buying.

Why This Course:

Learn from procurement experts with extensive experience in operational buying.


(30 minutes).

    1. Introducing the learning objectives

    1. Quick review of the 8 operative processes and their purpose and the 5 group Gadde/Håkasson use to group spend.

    1. Download Powerpoint slides presented in the course.

    2. Introducing the applicability of forecasting process.

    1. Order acknowledgment and order change/order management. Under which condition should we manage our PO portfolio?

    1. Placing PO is only one of several ways to agree upon delivery to your company.

    1. What delivery deviation can occur? How to match invoice?

About this course

  • €20,00
  • 13 lessons
  • Basic level
  • Operative buyer role
  • Quizz and Certificate

Meet the instructor of the course

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.

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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.