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Oracle Supplier Management User's Guide
Release 12.1
Part Number E16534-01
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Managing Supplier Profiles

This chapter covers the following topics:

Maintaining Supplier Profile (Supplier Self-Service)

Once supplier user accounts are created, supplier users have access to their profile online. They are responsible for adding new information and ensuring that existing information is up to date. Through profile management, suppliers can provide the buying organization with key details about their company, such as location and contact information, major business classifications, banking details, and category information about the goods and services that they provide. Additionally, suppliers can update tasks using the Supplier Profile, User and Task Manager responsibility. Allowing suppliers to enter and update this information eases the administrative burden for both buyers and suppliers.

Supplier can view the following pages of the profile:

Suppliers can enter new information or change existing information using the Supplier Profile Manager responsibility as seen in the following page. Changes to Addresses, Contacts, Business Classifications, Products and Services and Bank Accounts go through an approval mechanism. Any new or updated entries are logged in the buyer system as change requests. A buyer administrator must approve these change requests before the change is shown on the profile.

To approve a change request:

  1. Navigate to the Supplier Home page. Click on any one of the change requests in the To-do list.

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  2. Select the appropriate change request and click on Approve or Reject. You may also update the change request. This allows you to modify the changes made by the supplier before approving them.

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    After you approve the changes, the application displays these changes in the supplier’s profile.

Periodic Supplier Profile Audit

With Supplier Lifecycle Management, a buying organization can perform periodic compliance and profile audits to gather additional information from suppliers on a periodic basis. They can gather certifications, quality controls, cost effectiveness measures, customer support services or any other information relevant to their business processes.

Once suppliers provide the requested information, the buying organization can set up an internal evaluation team to verify that the certifications are valid and in compliance with their corporate compliance policy. The evaluation team may include members from various departments such as operations, finance, legal etc. Evaluation team members can be requested to answer questions such as - Please comment on the supplier’s response or – Have you verified that the supplier is ISO 9001 certified? Or they may be asked to evaluate the supplier’s responses by scoring each response.

Follow these steps to complete the supplier compliance and profile audit:

  1. Create a Request for Information (RFI) document either by using the RFI template or Reusable Requirements list set up by the administrator. See: Implementing Supplier Compliance and Profile Audit in Oracle Supplier Management Implementation and Administration Guide. Creating the RFI is similar to creating a RFI template. See Setting up RFI Template for Qualification Management in the Oracle Supplier Management Implementation and Administration Guide.

  2. Set the RFI Open and Close Dates. Once you have created the RFI, click on Review, and then Publish the RFI.

  3. Await supplier’s response to your audit questionnaire. A supplier accesses the RFI and responds to the audit questionnaire.

  4. Review supplier response and score. See Evaluating Supplier in Managing New Supplier Qualification.

  5. Review RFI synchronization with supplier profile.

Example – Supplier Compliance and Profile Audit

Consider an organization that wants to verify supplier’s corporate compliance on an ongoing basis. For this they have created the following single-row user defined attribute in the Supplier Profile:

Attribute Group Attributes (Data Type) Data Level Association Level
Quality Policy
  • Quality Policy and Compliance (Char)

  • Periodic Quality Process Auditing (Char)

  • 4M Management (Char)

Supplier Party Common

Notice that this user defined attribute is defined at the Supplier Party data level, which means that it applies to the Supplier’s organization as a whole, instead of Party Sites or Supplier Sites. Also this user-defined attribute is associated as ‘Common’, which means it applies to all Suppliers in the Supplier Master and not to any particular classification of suppliers.

During Supplier Profile Compliance and Profile Audit, the buyer creates a RFI. The RFI contains the following requirements for the supplier:

Requirement Section Requirement Type Requirements (Response Type)
Quality Policy and Systems Required
  • Does your organization have well defined Quality Policy that is followed through quality procedures as per standards?

  • Is there a Quality process audit system is in place like internal and external audits etc. on periodic basis.

  • Is there a 4M (Man, Method, Machine, and Material) management system well in place that informs customers about any 4M changes along with proper inspection?

The requirements are mapped to user-defined attributes in the RFI. Note that mapping can be created from RFI Template or Reusable Requirements List as well.

RFx Section RFx Requirement RFx Response Supplier Profile Data Level Supplier Profile Association level Supplier Profile Attribute Group Supplier Profile Attribute
Quality Policy and systems Does your organization have well defined Quality Policy that is followed through quality procedures as per standards? Value Supplier Party Common Quality Policy Quality Policy and Compliance
Quality Policy and systems Is there a Quality process audit system in place like internal and external audits on periodic basis? Value Supplier Party Common Quality Policy Periodic Quality Process Auditing
Quality Policy and systems Is there a 4M (Man, Method, Machine, and Material) management system well in place that informs customers about any 4M changes along with proper inspection? Value Supplier Party Common Quality Policy 4M Management

Once the supplier responds and RFI is completed, the supplier’s response is synchronized with Quality Policy user defined attribute.

Supplier Profile showing Quality Policy user defined attribute

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This example presents a simple case of gathering quality policy and control information from a supplier. You can customize the RFI in any manner to align compliance and profile audit with your business processes. For example, you may choose to do one of the following:

Enriching Supplier Profile

For approved suppliers, you can buy D&B information either from the Search D&B page as shown above or directly from the Supplier’s profile details page. From the supplier’s profile page, click on Enrich button to open the Review: D&B Purchase Data page. This page shows a side-by-side view of user-entered, D&B and Single Source of Truth data. See: Single Source of Truth Overview in Oracle Trading Community Architecture User Guide.

You must have a valid Supplier Hub license for using third party integration. See: Guidelines for Purchasing Required Licenses in Oracle Supplier Management Implementation and Administration Guide and Setting Up Third Party Data Integration in Oracle Trading Community Architecture Administration Guide.

Managing Deliverables

If you have Oracle Supplier Lifecycle Management, the only business document types having deliverables management capability are RFIs. With Oracle Contracts you can manage deliverables of all other business documents. See: Enabling Oracle Procurement Contract Deliverables in Oracle Supplier Management Implementation and Administration Guide.

Set up deliverables on supplier approval for validity tracking:

For approved suppliers, you can use deliverables to track validity of various documents and profile attributes. See: Add contracts and deliverables in Periodic Supplier Profile Audit.

You can search for deliverables that exist in many business documents, using a variety of search parameters. You can access the Manage Deliverables page that enables you to view or update deliverables across business documents, using one of the following methods:

The search results show summary information for each retrieved deliverable, such as the status, responsible party, contact, and the due date. In addition, an alert marker indicates if the deliverable is overdue, or if the responsible party failed to perform the deliverable.

Note: The term ‘overdue’ applies to deliverables where the due date has passed, and the deliverable status is either Open or Rejected. For an Internal User logging on, the only deliverables that are visible and manageable are those where the user is either the Internal Contact or the Requestor. For an External User logging on, the only deliverables that are visible and manageable are those where the user is the External Contact.

After viewing the results, you can perform one or more of the following, for each deliverable:

You can also delete attachments to deliverables in a business document.

Note: This does not delete attachments to deliverables as defined in the business document, and visible in the Deliverables tab of the Contract Terms page.

Steps:

  1. In the Manage Deliverables page, you can search for deliverables using a combination of all or part of the following search parameters (the parameters marked * are not available for deliverables managed through Oracle iSupplier Portal):

  2. Click Go to perform the search. The results show the following for each deliverable:

    If the deliverable is overdue, or if the responsible party failed to perform the deliverable, an icon appears in the Alert column of the results. Each row also has an Update icon, to allow you to update the deliverable.

  3. You may perform any of the following operations:

Managing Supplier Material Qualification

Supplier Material Qualification is the process of gathering products and services category and item related information from Suppliers through a request for information. Buyers generally use this process before a sourcing award event to shortlist qualified suppliers.

With Oracle Supplier Lifecycle Management, it is possible to carry out a request for information with the following additional features:

See: Mapping RFI requirements and Category Line Attributes with Supplier Profile and Mapping RFI Item Lines with Item Supplier Profile Attributes in Oracle Supplier Management Implementation and Administration Guide.

Managing Supplier Tasks and Notes

Manage tasks, defined as the lowest units of work, that are related to the organization or person, using the Oracle Applications Framework tasks features from Oracle Common Application Calendar. Supplier Management enables you to view, create, update, and delete tasks from the supplier details page. Additionally, Supplier Management enables you to manage notes. See: Supplier Profile.

Use the Supplier Management Administrator or Supplier Management User responsibilities and the Tasks subtab on the Supplier tab to search for tasks. Export the task information using the Export button on the Tasks page.

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