3 factors affecting procurement planning
Achilles’ Debbie Metcalfe LLM MSc MCIPS, Trainer and Advisor, shares
As a Purchasing, Supply Chain or Vendor Management professional you are faced with the increasing challenges of managing data, compliance and risk in your supplier sourcing and procurement activities. We support suppliers through the pre-qualification process following a proven model that has already qualified over 90,000 suppliers globally.
We will work with you to identify the suppliers and then start our fully managed “on-boarding” campaign using branded emails and our supplier support teams.
Our supplier pre-qualification programme for your total supply base includes a set of preliminary core questions that all your suppliers complete.
At this stage of pre-qualification we capture:
This provides a basic registration (sufficient for low-risk profile suppliers) and also powers your risk model. The model identifies which suppliers must complete additional pre-qualification stages in order to satisfy your compliance rules.
Achilles has a rich history of collecting and managing pre-qualification data and can advise you on the asking the right questions in the right way to maximise value. We will work with you to define the supplier pre-qualification standards required. We collect, validate and share this supplier pre-qualification information with our customers through a secure online platform. We deploy methods that turn responses into data points, providing you with a quick way of determining where there might be risk in your supply chain, and which suppliers fit your criteria. From there our additional features help you refine your search.
These pre-qualification questionnaires and stages are configured to reflect the specific requirements of each industry sector we serve:
Automotive – Chemicals and Allied Industries – Construction – Facilities Management – Mining – Oil and Gas – Public Sector – Industrial Manufacturing – Technology – Transport – Utilities
The heart of our solution is a systematic and proven approach to asking the right questions covering:
Tailored to your company
This enhanced solution includes a risk and compliance model configured to the specific needs of your organisation and extended to cover your total supply base. The risk model assesses suppliers against key criteria that you define, and indicates the specific pre-qualification process you require them to complete. This method enables you to analyse and manage your supply base, while matching supplier burden to risk.
Combined with our community model, pre-qualification questionnaires allow you to move from managing a tender, to accessing to a pool of high-quality potential suppliers, to having a well-vetted shortlist – all in a minimum of time, with a minimum of effort. Our community model reduces supplier burden and brings the value to you sooner: if your supplier has already completed the same PQQ for another buyer, they can be visible immediately. If you are looking for a vetted pool of additional suppliers, you can find them in the Achilles Network of communities.
When it comes to procurement, cutting corners is far too risky. But being diligent doesn’t mean you can’t be efficient. By allowing us to ask the right questions for you, Buyers can benefit from: