Buyer Skill Development – Training that builds buyer skills that directly link to purchasing performance

In the world of procurement, it is critical to keep your employees’ technical and soft skills sharp. Through a collaborative partnership, APD and Western Michigan University’s nationally ranked Integrated Supply Management program provide training that improves the skills of purchasing organizations and individuals in critical areas, including cost management, collaborative strategies, and negotiations.

Our deep experience in best purchasing practices has provided us with tangible insights into training development for manufacturing purchasing. We have correlated our benchmark findings with purchasing performance and used the results to develop a comprehensive, sequenced training approach.

Training is provided through open enrollment courses and customized on-site delivery to your entire team.

All of our courses provide attendees with Continuing Education Units (CEUs) which can help your employees meet their professional development goals.

Open Enrollment

Advanced Purchasing Dynamics and Western Michigan University’s Integrated Supply Management Program have joined forces to develop a focused supply chain management continuing education program.

Customized Training

Let APD work with you to review your objectives and your employees’ current skill sets to develop a customized approach to rapidly improve your team’s efforts.

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Case study


APD provided MRO procurement leadership for an investor that acquired a $400 million in sales “carve-out.” Our comprehensive approach to MRO ensured no supply disruptions during the business transition, achieved $2.0 million of annualized savings for a 4:1 ROI, and helped the client establish a lean MRO procurement activity.