Last edited 29 Mar 2017

Supplier selection

See also: Tender process.

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[edit] Introduction

In the construction industry, ‘supplier’ is a very general term which refers to organisations contracted as part of the delivery of a built asset.

Critical steps in the supplier evaluation and selection process are:

  • Recognising the need for a supplier.
  • Determining the criteria for supplier selection.
  • Identifying potential suppliers.
  • Shortlisting suppliers.
  • Evaluating and selecting the supplier.
  • Contracting the selected supplier.

[edit] The need for a supplier

Suppliers might be need for a wide range of purposes, including:

Potential suppliers might be identified by research, advertising, recommendation, open competition (with or without design), selective competition (with or without design), or through an existing relationship such as a framework agreement.

[edit] Selection criteria

Some of the most common criteria that are used to select suppliers are set out below:

See also: Tender evaluation.

[edit] Selection methods

Some of the methods that can be used as a means of determining how a supplier fits the criteria listed above include the following:

For more information see: Tender process and tender evaluation.

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