Course presentation

Course Level: 

Basic level course.  Approx: 15 minutes.

Course Description:

If you work in procurement or supply chain management, you know that writing accurate purchase orders is crucial for the success of your organization. Our online course about the content in a correct purchase orders is designed to help you understand the basics.

Learning Objectives:

  • The Anatomy of a Purchase Order: Break down the components of a purchase order and understand what makes each part critical.

Who Should Enroll:

  • Individuals new to procurement roles looking to build a strong foundation in purchase order creation.

  • Procurement and supply chain professionals seeking to improve their purchase order writing skills.

  • Anyone in a business role where understanding the intricacies of purchase orders is beneficial.

Why This Course:

Our online course is designed to be accessible and flexible, allowing you to learn at your own pace and on your own schedule. Enroll today and discover the power of accurate purchase orders and build the foundation for future learning!


    1. Introducing Learning Objectives.

    1. Download the Slides shown in the course

    2. The operative role need input from tactical role to create a PO

    1. The Purpose and Content of a Professional Purchase order

    1. Questions to help you verify the Learning Objectives.

    1. Summery of the PO Content

    2. Recommended reading

    3. Reflections after the course

About this course

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

The role of the Purchase Order (PO)

As a procurement professional who regularly engages with suppliers, I've come to appreciate the pivotal role that purchase orders (POs) play in the procurement process. Far more than just a transactional document, a purchase order is a crucial tool that ensures clarity, legal protection, and efficient procurement operations.

Defining Expectations

A purchase order is the official confirmation of an order. It serves as a clear and detailed statement of what is being purchased, including quantities, specifications, and prices. This clarity is essential in setting expectations and avoiding misunderstandings between the buyer and the supplier.

Legal Protection

Perhaps one of the most significant aspects of a purchase order is its role as a legally binding document. Once accepted by the supplier, it becomes a contract that protects both parties. For the buyer, it ensures that the goods or services are delivered as specified. For the supplier, it guarantees payment for those goods or services, provided they meet the agreed terms.

Tracking and Accountability

POs play a key role in tracking orders and managing inventory. They help in keeping an accurate record of orders placed, goods received, and payments made. This traceability is vital for budgeting, forecasting, and auditing purposes. It also aids in holding both parties accountable for their commitments.

Streamlining Procurement Processes

In today's fast-paced business environment, efficiency is paramount. Purchase orders contribute to this by standardizing and streamlining the buying process. They provide a clear template for what information is required, thereby reducing errors and speeding up the procurement cycle.

Facilitating Communication

A well-crafted purchase order is a communication tool. It ensures that all parties are on the same page regarding the purchase. In my experience, it often serves as a reference point in discussions with suppliers, helping to resolve any queries or disputes that may arise.

Enabling Strategic Procurement

On a strategic level, analyzing purchase orders can provide insights into spending patterns, supplier performance, and opportunities for cost savings. This data is invaluable in making informed decisions about supplier negotiations, contract terms, and procurement strategies.

In summary, the purchase order is a fundamental component of the procurement process. Its importance goes beyond the mere ordering of goods and services; it encompasses legal protection, communication, efficiency, and strategic procurement management. Understanding and utilizing the full potential of purchase orders is key to effective procurement and overall business success.

Enjoy the course /// Fredrik

Corse instructor is 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.

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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.