Evaluate the supplier/partner's supplier management processes and ensure the supplier/partners has effective control over the work processes sourced at sub-tier suppliers. This evaluation shall ensure that there is effective control at all levels of the supplier-base. Suppliers/Partners must have capability and capacity to ensure all work subcontracted to sub-tier suppliers. May require physical audit at sub-tier suppliers. Supplier/Partner should have formal monitoring systems in place to assess supplier performance. Supplier control processes shall also posses controls for managing noncompliances and nonconformances, to include disposition and corrective action. (The general expectation is for the organization to substantiate through evaluation compliance to requirements throughout the entire value-stream.)
To the extent a supplier sources work to sub-tier suppliers, ensure the supplier has a capable supplier management system to control sub-tier suppliers. This also includes the flow down of supplier management capabilities into the various levels of the sub-tier supplier base.
Knowledge and Skills Requirements:
Ability to schedule and plan the audit scope to assess a supplier's/partner's quality management system in order to determine compliance to defined requirements and to identify potential risk factors related to management system controls. Ability to evaluate the supplier/partner's supplier management processes to verify that supplier/partners have effective control over work processes sourced. Ability to evaluate the supplier/partner's supplier management processes to verify that supplier/partners have effective control over work processes sourced at sub-tier suppliers. Ability to evaluate supplier's/partner's capability and capacity to ensure conformity of work subcontracted to sub-tier suppliers. Ability to evaluate supplier/partner sub-tier supplier performance monitoring systems to verify effective oversight. Ability to evaluate supplier control processes to validate that process controls are effective for managing noncompliances and non-conformances, to include disposition and corrective action.