- 14. July 2019
- Posted by: Andreas Janisch
- Category: Sourcing
What is a supplier self-assesment and what is it for?
The supplier self-assessment or self-audit is one of the first steps in the auditing of new steel construction suppliers. The self-assesment is a questionnaire to be completed by the supplier on his own responsibility. By systematically collecting data, supported by structured forms, a potential buyer receives comparable and complete data from potential suppliers.
The supplier usually confirms the accuracy of the information, which leads to a higher quality and objectivity of the data. Prospectuses or websites often deliberately contain gaps or exaggerations (e.g.: largest steel construction company in Germany, etc.). These are revealed by the objectivity of a standardized form.
In addition, the supplier self-assessment has the opportunity to get a detailed picture of the performance of a supplier and can identify potential problems and bottlenecks at an early stage. This often also prevents important knockout criteria that lead to the exclusion of a supplier from being identified at an early stage. Such knockout criteria would be, for example, a lack of ISO 9001 certification or a too low crane load.
Typical problem areas that become transparent in the self-disclosure of steel construction suppliers:
- Missing certificates that do not allow standard production (e.g.: Lack of certification according to EN1090-2 in structural steel construction)
- The infrastructure is not sufficient (e.g.: crane loads, hall height, etc.)
- Important processing steps can only be carried out at sub-suppliers (e.g. paint, low-voltage annealing, etc.)
- The staffing level is not sufficient to handle the order in a comprehensible manner
Content of a supplier self-assesment for steel construction suppliers
The content of the questionnaire is prepared and weighted according to the buyer’s requirements, but usually follows a similar structure:
- General company data (e.g.: legal form, addresses, ownership, year of foundation, turnover)
- Indication of important contact details and interfaces (e.g.: sales, quality assurance, welding supervisor)
- Information on quality management in the respective manufacturing plant
- Certificates (e.g.: quality certificates such as ISO 9001, welding approvals, environmental certificates)
- Information on production (e.g.: area, crane height, crane load, manufacturing processes, capacities, machine lists)
- Information on key sub-suppliers
- References from previously executed projects
Download a sample form for a supplier self-asessment for free
Below you will find a free sample to download. The form is suitable for initial information from a potential steel construction supplier, but without claiming to be complete for the individual purpose of your company.