What Does a Procurement Engineer Really Do?
Tim and Fred discuss the role of procurement engineers and the supply chain management team generally in helping to ensure a good match between what product designers need and what suppliers can provide.
Join Tim and Fred as they discuss how procurement engineers can help improve reliability by working with product designers and suppliers to achieve higher performance at the optimum cost.
- What is procurement engineering?
- When should you work with a supplier to improve their capabilities instead of changing to a different supplier?
- The trade-offs between improving process capability and loosening specifications.
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SOR 093 What Does a Procurement Engineer Really Do?Tim Rodgers
Steven Harrison says
Thank for you sharing your experiences and expertise in the Procurement Engineering field. Can you share any experiences or advice for how Hardware Design Engineers transition into a Procurement Engineering role?
Tim Rodgers says
Thanks for the comment and question. The answer really depends a lot on the business. Does the Procurement Engineering role even exist in your target organization or business? If not, then obviously this will be a harder transition since the organization hasn’t yet realized the value. If so, then I would suggest scheduling a meeting with a manager in your target organization or business. Explain your interest and highlight any experience you have working directly with suppliers, including new supplier qualification, product co-development, and troubleshooting.