University of Tennessee

Executive Education

Short Courses

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Courses can be conducted onsite at your organization or modified to suit your organization’s needs. We offer custom solutions in aerospace and defense, global supply chain management, healthcare and strategic leadership. Contact our industry representatives for more information.

Course Offerings

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Purchasing Fundamentals

Course Description

This course is ideal for individuals and teams who are new to the function or who wish to become more knowledgeable about fundamentals of purchasing. Participants would typically have accountabilities for acquiring defense materials and services at best value to the organization.

Key Benefits

  • How the role of purchasing supports the overall mission of DOD and reduces total cost of ownership

  • Purchasing transaction process flow and the procure to pay cycle

  • Integrating work with other supply chain functions and methods to improve process efficiency

  • Overcoming obsolescence and vendor discontinued parts

  • Legal, ethical, & sustainable sourcing practices

  • Contracting and FAR principles

  • Negotiating tactics

  • Internal customer relationship and supplier relationship management

  • Supplier selection & evaluation processes

  • Suppliers and why they behave as they do in the context of the buying and selling transaction

  • The value of contract compliance to the larger organization

  • Contract audits & the role of the Office of Inspector General in purchasing

Available Industries: Aerospace & Defense

Duration & Dates

This is a 3-day course. Dates are flexible. Please call +1 (865) 974-1197 for more information. James Cody, Director


This course is offered as a custom course on the UT campus or at your preferred location.



Custom course pricing depends on the configuration selected by the customer. Please contact us for government prices.