How to Expand Supply Management’s Contributions

How to Expand Supply Management’s Contributions

 

Supply management professionals must understand the orientation and dedication of the typical design engineer, and speck the engineering language.  Supply managers who can think in the same manner as engineers have a much higher success rate in dealing with engineers than do other individuals.

 

  • Design or Project Teams – Supply management’s participation on a dedicated project team is the ideal means of ensuring early supply management involvement (cross-functional design teams)
  • Materials Engineers – Individuals with an engineering background are good candidates for supply management positions whose responsibilities include involvement with design engineering.
  • Colocation – This approach calls for the placement of members of the supply management staff in location where design engineering and development work are done.  Collaboration can take place, and procurement professionals can advise design engineers of the procurement implications of the different materials and suppliers under consideration.

 

Supply Management Professionals who Interface Successfully with Engineers

                                           

The supply professional is the key to successful early supply involvement in the new product development process.  Management directives, policies, and procedures supporting early supplier management involvement all help.  But it is when design engineers realize that the early involvement of a supply professional is a productive asset, not a nuisance or an infringement on their territory, that early supply management involvement makes  its full contribution.