What is operative procurement?

Have you ever considered being an operative buyer (operational buyer)?

The operative procurement process is a course based on how to manage day to day work as an operative buyer role. This course is the first one and have two following courses.

There are three different subjects in this operative procurement course you will learn more about. First  you will learn how Arjan van Weele defines operative and tactical procurement. The second part is what organizations require when it comes to products and services. The third and last part introduce eight important processes that an operative buyer manages during the daily work. For example in this course there is an explanation of an ordering process and how it is implemented in work as an operative buyer. 

This online course gives you a jump start into the operative purchaser role and takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. 

Operative buyer responsibilities

Introducing you to the responsibilities of the operative buyer and building the basic knowledge required. This course give you a jump start into the operative buyer role (20 minutes).

    1. Learning objectives

    1. Download the slides in the course

    2. Introducing how to divide the operative and tactical buyer responsibilities according to van Weele

    1. With the help from Gadde/Håkansson we can conclude that everything an organization buy can be summarized into 5 groups with different characteristics.

    1. Understanding the 8 processes is good first step towards taking on an operative buyer role.

    1. Understanding the 8 processes is good first step towards taking on an operative buyer role.

    1. Questions to help you verify that you meet the Learning Objectives.

About this course

  • €20,00
  • 9 lessons
  • Basic course


Senior instructor. Fredrik Axelsson

Fredrik was born in Gothenburg on the Westcoast of Sweden where he earned his Master in Economics (1996) at Gothenburg University. Later Fredrik completed his Executive MBA (2003) at Stockholm Business school. Fredrik has experience from several companies: LM Ericsson, Solectron Sweden AB, Axelson Purchasing Resources AB, Saab AB and Alstom/GE before setting up Sourcing Partner in Summer 2017. During his career he has developed a broad experience within sourcing and procurement, holding roles from Operative Buyer to Sourcing Director via roles as Commodity manager and Business Development. Both in line organization and projects as consultant, owner and employee - in small and large business - in banking as well as manufacturing industry.

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    Operative Procurement Processes 2– basic course

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