What are the benefits of SQA (Supplier Quality Assurance)?

Abbeyaro

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Hi Everyone
Please i'll want the GURUs in the forum to let me into the benefits of Supplier quality assurance to an organisation and how it can bring about cost saving to the organisation at large
 
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Paul F. Jackson

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I found that the greatest benefit from my work as SQA liason between companies was "communication", carrying the ball on tough issues and negotiating compromises on other issues.

Paul
 
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Supplier Quality Assurance is there to help the organization manage/reduce risks when dealing with suppliers. Whether it's understanding the supplier's capabilities when considering order placement, seeking inputs to new product designs or establishing controls to avoid trainwrecks in production, all these are risks which if you don't handle effectively, will cost huge amounts of money and potentially customer concerns. An added benefit is that of supplier development, but this is dependent on the organization's objectives for their suppliers and available resources.

It's the role of (modern) SQA to identify, manage and reduce those risks.
 

Coury Ferguson

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Thanks i mean more details in the posts about cost savings
Cost savings are usually achieved through working hand in hand with the Supplier base. Working to improve their processes, reduce costs, and better delivery.

Is that what you are asking? If not, try and be really specific asking your question, because when generalities are asked, generalities are answered.
 
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Jim Wynne

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Thanks i mean more details in the posts about cost savings
Cost savings (or liabilities) are going to be different in each organization. In an ideal world there would be no dedicated supplier quality people, and the amount of work that SQ people do is a function of several different variables, such as supplier selection and quality of documentation and specifications. In general, throwing money at problems rather than actually solving them never results in saving money.
 
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Jimmy the Brit

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Thanks i mean more details in the posts about cost savings
Sometimes the SQE's are there to save your from yourself. I have seen occasions where the drive for cost-savings has lead to some idiotic changes to parts specifications, saving a few cents and costing thousands of dollars in external failure costs. The SQE should be the gatekeeper that prevents this - they have the awareness of the reason behind the specification and can prevent ill-conceived "savings" from making it to production, at least in theory :notme:
 
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