Purchasing Guidebook (CPE Course)

CPE Credit: 14 hours

Course Type: Downloaded PDF materials with online test

Price (with PDF Textbook): $93

Course Description
The purchasing function has a dramatic impact on the profitability of a business, and so must be carefully managed. The Purchasing Guidebook is an essential tool for doing so, since it shows how the department’s performance can be fine-tuned. The course focuses on supplier selection and management, the competitive bidding process, negotiations, and contract management. It also addresses the many ways in which purchasing can be used to control costs in the areas of inventory management, logistics, and quality, while also providing the financial tools to improve a number of purchasing decisions. In short, the Purchasing Guidebook is a required toolkit for the purchasing professional.

Author: Steven Bragg

Course Number: PR1003

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Overview of Purchasing
Chapter 2. Purchasing Processes
Chapter 3. Procurement Cards
Chapter 4. Supplier Selection
Chapter 5. Supplier Management
Chapter 6. Competitive Bidding
Chapter 7. Supplier Negotiations
Chapter 8. Contract Management
Chapter 9. Inventory Management Issues
Chapter 10. Logistics
Chapter 11. Spend Management
Chapter 12. Quality Management
Chapter 13. Cost Management
Chapter 14. Purchasing Financial Analysis
Chapter 15. Supply Chain Financing
Chapter 16. Purchasing Measurements
Chapter 17. Applicable Information Technology

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the reporting relationships for a purchasing department, how the role of the department changes in a multi-division environment, the responsibilities of each position, and the purchasing manager’s responsibilities related to ethics.
  • Describe the process flows related to requisitions, purchase orders, and competitive bidding.
  • Cite the methods available for rolling out a procurement card system.
  • Note the considerations and criteria involved in supplier selection.
  • Cite the methods used to attend to supplier needs, and recognize the contents of a supplier scorecard.
  • State the circumstances under which competitive bidding should be used, the types of supplier qualifications, and when a reverse auction might be a viable option.
  • Identify the situations in which negotiations may be needed, the types of positions that may be taken, and the characteristics of a successful negotiator.
  • Identify the types of clauses that may be included in a contract with a supplier, and the key differences between a contract and a purchase order.
  • Note the costs associated with inventory, how inventory record accuracy can be improved, and how to mitigate the effects of a supply chain bottleneck.
  • Recognize the different types of shipping terms, logistics performance goals, and characteristics of the different types of transport.
  • Identify the uses to which a spend management system can be put, how it is used, and the expected outcome of a spend compliance program.
  • Define the concept of quality, identify the goals of six sigma, and note how a corrective action process is used.
  • Recognize the pricing systems used by suppliers, and how a target costing system works.
  • Note the key points in a leasing agreement to negotiate, the advantages of using leases, the methods for improving the financial results of a business, and how to improve the learning curve experienced by suppliers.
  • Identify the circumstances under which a supplier is more likely to accept a supply chain financing offer.
  • Note the measurements to use when attempting to reduce purchase orders and suppliers, and to emphasize the use of certified suppliers.
  • Cite the components of a material requirements planning system, and the types of electronic notifications that can be provided to a buyer by a seller.

    Level: Overview

    Instructional Method: QAS Self-Study

    NASBA Category: Production

    Prerequisites: None

    Advance Preparation: None

    Program Registration Requirements: Click on "Purchase Course" near the top of this page to pay for and access the course. You will then be able to download the course as a PDF file, then take an on-line examination, and then download a certificate of completion if you pass the examination.

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