Supplier Management is a critical issue that can go without appropriate attention in the global manufacturing environment with distant suppliers and communication challenges. Having a team at a supplier that speaks your language at your disposal is a competitive advantage to maintaining an excellent supplier management program.
Sending an entire team on supplier audits? What is the opportunity cost, and direct cost, of these activities to your organization? Of course it is a must to find out what kind of company a supplier truly is, and the prudent thing is to send an audit team.
- Supplier Qualification
- Supplier Maintenance
- Social Compliance
Audits are detailed processes. Depending on the size of the factory, they can take from a half-day to two days or more. We require the supplier to complete a pre-audit self-evaluation which we validate during the audit. Our audit teams always consist of two auditors and can generally be scheduled within a week. While our operational base is in Guandong province, we can audit anywhere within China although travel expenses do need to be added.
Our team of auditors are certified ISO Internal Auditors and have attended advanced training in social compliance (SA8000 and BSCI), environmental, and Workmanship standards specific to electronics (IPC-610). Evaluating suppliers prior to engagement is a critical first step in establishing a strong supplier base and ongoing audits to ensure suppliers are engagee in continuous improvement is vital to mainting that supply chain. An effective ongoing audit program is an essential component in any Supplier Management System (SMS).
Our report format can be modified for the elements that are critical to your program so that you get an impartial and reliable evaluation of a potential partner, or you can provide your report template for us to follow. We even to go the length of including production efficiency observations, validation of certifications and licenses, and a site evalution for travel and accommodation recommendations.