What is a supplier self-assessment and what is it for?

The supplier self-assessment is one of the first steps in the Auditing of new steel suppliers, It is a questionnaire to be completed by the supplier on his own responsibility. The client receives comparable and complete data through the written registration in a given structure potential suppliers, The supplier usually confirms the correctness of the information, which leads to a higher quality and objectivity of the data. Brochures or websites often deliberately contain gaps or exaggerations (eg largest steel construction company in Germany etc.). These are revealed by the objectivity of a standardized form.

In addition, supplier self-assessment provides the opportunity to get a detailed picture of a supplier's performance and identify potential problems and bottlenecks at an early stage. Often, this also prevents important knock-on criteria, which lead to the exclusion of a supplier, from being detected at an early stage. Such KO criteria would be missing, for example ISO 9001 certification or too low a crane load.

Typical problem areas that become transparent for steel suppliers in self-assessment:

  • Missing certificates that do not allow a standard-compliant production (eg missing Certification according to EN1090-2 in structural steel construction)
  • The infrastructure is insufficient (eg crane loads, hall height, etc.)
  • Important processing steps can only be carried out by subcontractors (eg painting, stress relief annealing, etc.)
  • The number of employees is not sufficient to handle the order comprehensibly

Contents of a supplier self-assessment for steel suppliers

The content of the questionnaire is created and weighted according to the requirements of the buyer, but usually follows a similar structure:

  • General company data (eg: legal form, addresses, ownership, year of foundation, turnover)
  • Specification of important contact data and interfaces (eg sales, quality assurance, welding supervisor)
  • Information on quality management in the respective production plant
  • Certificates (eg quality certificates such as ISO 9001, welding approvals, environmental certificates)
  • Details of the production (eg: area, crane height, crane load, production steps, capacities, partly machine list)
  • Information on important subcontractors
  • Partial references of previously executed projects

Free form for a supplier self-assessment

Below you will find one free pattern for download, The form is suitable for initial information of a potential steel construction supplier, but without claim to completeness for the individual business purpose.

Supplier self-assessment Stahlbau Download