Original Date: 05/08/1995
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Supplier Base Management Process
The Supplier Base Management System at McDonnell Douglas Aerospace (MDA)-St. Louis helps reduce the total number of suppliers without affecting the quality of products or services received. Each supplier is assigned to one of five specific commodity groups: avionics, electro/hydro/mechanical, major subcontract, production material, and support equipment. The system is designed to eliminate poorly performing suppliers while encouraging others to participate in the Preferred Supplier Certification process.
Two general operating procedures detail the regulations that govern the Supplier Base Management System. They address such areas as entry of a new supplier into the MDA-St. Louis base, and transfer of suppliers between commodity groups and the Preferred Supplier Certification process, including upgrading and downgrading. The process provides a method to achieve supply base optimization by commodity, establish disciplined entry, initiate maintenance and disengagement procedures for suppliers, and promote utilization of certified suppliers throughout MDA-St. Louis.
Since full-scale implementation of Preferred Supplier Certification and identification of the supplier base in 1990, the total number of MDA-St. Louis suppliers has dropped from 7271 to 2477. Concurrently, the number of certified suppliers has grown from 3 to 454.
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