On the outside both Strategic Sourcing and Engineering have a common goal: Partner with the best supplier possible. Now defining “best” will have different meanings for the different teams.
Same Goal, Different Meaning
Strategic Sourcing is focused upon factors such as:
- Competitive Cost
- Supply Chain Efficiencies
- Supplier Management Processes
- Financial Strength of Supplier
- SQE (Quality)
- Financial Terms
- Future Cost Reductions
Engineering is focused upon elements like:
- Technical Specifications
- Control Plans
- Technical Capabilities
- Audits, Processes
Both have the same goal: Reduce Risk! Sourcing will lean towards cost while Engineering will look to quality! Both are important to ensuring a Supply Chain operates seamlessly whether its length is 12 miles or 12,000.
So why is it that Sourcing and Engineering teams act cordially at best with one another? Why the tension when both ‘seem’ to have the same end goal?
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