Original Date: 05/08/1995
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Best Practice : Supplier Management and Proficiency Program
McDonnell Douglas Aerospace (MDA)-St. Louis established a Supplier Management Proficiency Program as a training program to ensure the disciplined and consistent application of proven supplier management techniques. MDA-St. Louis recognized that 60-65% of the flyaway costs of its products are procured from suppliers, and a study commissioned by the company convinced MDA that such a supplier program was necessary. The program was initiated in 1993, and a basic curriculum was completed by the end of that year. The Supplier Management Awareness Training was one of the first courses developed and offered at MDA-St. Louis.
The supplier management training program focuses on professionals whose backgrounds are in engineering procurement and/or business, with seven to ten years of experience. Eight basic skills are required -- supplier management, business management and procurement, supplier systems, communication, leadership, customer focus, continual improvement, and multidiscipline.
The supplier management curriculum includes 58 courses that total over 400 hours of course work. An employee achieves "certification" after 186 hours of course work. Of this total, 101 hours must be in the areas of skill development and core competency, and 85 hours in elective areas.
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