The purchasing office is a team dedicated to researching, identifying, auditing, evaluating, comparing and selecting potential suppliers/products that best meet customer specifications.
The sourcing manager: a key player in the procurement process
The Sourcing Manager is responsible for sourcing suppliers, managing the purchasing process, negotiating and signing contracts, and managing relations between suppliers and customers.
Diversity of purchasing offices: adapting to customer needs
There are different types of purchasing office, depending on the nature of their services and customers. Some specialize in a specific sector or product, such as textiles, furniture or handicrafts. Others may offer a wider range of services to meet the needs of different customers, including procurement, quality control and logistics management.
Ownership and management of purchasing offices: a crucial distinction
There are two main types of purchasing office, depending on their ownership structure.
- The private purchasing office, which is managed and owned by a private entity.
- A public purchasing office, generally created and managed by the government to facilitate trade and support local industries.
Sourcing and the purchasing office: working together for supply chain efficiency
The purchasing office and sourcing are closely linked in supply and supplier management, and work in tandem to ensure an efficient supply chain. For example, the sourcing process begins with the identification of the company’s supply needs, particularly in terms of products or services. The purchasing office participates in this stage by working with other departments to understand their requirements. Together, they define the criteria for selecting suppliers, such as quality, price, delivery times, etc.