Selecting chemical suppliers that can meet consumers’ demand for high-quality raw materials may bring some initial costs, but over time, through consistent, high-grade materials, there will be a return. However, the process of finding the ideal chemical supplier is often not easy and requires discipline and hard work.
1. Determine the supplier
It is important to gather stakeholder input and define criteria for the selection process before selecting your chemical supplier. The list of stakeholders may include members from R & D, procurement, marketing, quality assurance, and any other areas of the organization involved in the supplier selection process.
In the meantime, it is important to identify some suppliers to assess their capabilities and compare prices. The supplier selection team should work with potential suppliers to establish specifications. For example, they should explain how the supplier’s material will be used in your product and manufacturing process. Remember that the ultimate goal is a win-win situation for suppliers and manufacturers; therefore, open and transparent communication is very important.
2. Measurement provides performance
Another important step in the supplier management process is the development of audit and evaluation procedures. First class suppliers plan to audit multiple stages of the manufacturer / supplier relationship. Before signing a contract, you should always conduct an audit to confirm that the supplier does not have any major compliance or quality system defects that may affect your ability to produce high-quality products. Another reason to audit ahead of time is to understand the strengths and weaknesses of suppliers before formally establishing a supplier relationship.
Even after a contract has been signed, you should continue to audit and determine the frequency of the audit based on the criticality of the supplier. In order to determine the frequency, all suppliers should be classified to the level of risk or importance. This prioritization will help you use your resources smarter and more effectively, and focus more on your important, high-risk suppliers, while continuing to monitor second-line suppliers.
3. Get feedback from suppliers
Another tool you can use is the self-assessment questionnaire. Supplier self-assessment can be used to identify performance gaps and discover how suppliers understand their operations.
In addition to auditing and evaluation, it is also beneficial to monitor information metrics that have direct value to the business. You should discuss and select appropriate metrics with vendors to accept their input and understand purposeful metrics. Examples of these metrics include rejected batches, perfect shipments, and documentation errors. The metrics chosen should measure the total cost of ownership and improve performance toward maximum finished product performance.
4. Realize authentication
As your chemical supplier relationship strengthens, both parties feel that they are accepting positive performance and that the supplier may be able to gain certification status. This happens when you establish a set of selected criteria to satisfy your suppliers. Certification must be obtained with continuous success in performance and may be lost due to poor performance or negative compliance results from audits.
As the relationship continues to develop, suppliers will become more and more integrated into your manufacturing process.
5. Developing cooperative relationship
Ultimately, when a strategic partnership is formed, the relationship between the manufacturer / supplier is at its best, which allows a full understanding of the source of materials and ensures high quality.