This department administrates production purchases for all vehicles manufactured by Mercedes-Benz South Africa. It is divided into three main commodities:
All contractual relations with suppliers are monitored in terms of Daimler AG's global Extended Enterprise programme. This also includes government and parastal activities that may affect supply chain management and exports as well as cost planning and cost optimisation programmes.
Purchasing Services at Mercedes-Benz South Africa, represents a central foundation within the organization at all its locations committing itself to a shared vision and mission.Increasing the efficiency of the Non-production Purchasing activities is the goal of the Purchasing Services management. Purchasing Services utilizes global and globally aligned processes and tools which have adopted from International Procurement Services (IPS) to identify and realise synergy opportunities and further cost reduction efficiencies throughout the company.
IPS has a clear vision: To be the recognised authority for Global Non-Production Materials and Service Management by 2010
We are committed to creating a structured approach to make this vision a reality.
We value the professionalism and work performance of our partners and encourage free scope of creativity.
We set the highest standards for both our suppliers and ourselves. Only in this way can we secure a sustainable competitive edge. Together we pursue mutual goals and our customers must be able to have confidence in our mutual performance.
Purchasing Services concentration is aligned to the Global Extended Enterprise programme.
Purchasing Services Business Tools
Mercedes-Benz South Africa Supplier Portal – Partner.Net This MBSA portal is a business-to-business solution intended to web enable the SAP R3 back-end system, as well as any other applications which could have value added benefits for MBSA or our supplier base. Making use of SAP Enterprise Portal technology, the aim is to develop a seamless, integrated solution, operating in a secure environment, whereby suppliers can carry out daily tasks, thereby strengthening the partnership and transparency between MBSA and its suppliers. The real value will be in man-hours saved, as well as additional costs that will be avoided due to lengthy processing times.
Purchasing Services has a specific role on the portal that is allocated to selected suppliers. The role gives the supplier access to maintain their RFQ's and view/download their Purchase Orders via the portal.
SAM – Supplier Application Module
SAM is a tool that standardises the supplier application process.
The supplier can access SAM on the internet. This will give prospective suppliers a quick and easy way to make an application, be assessed. After checking the profile the buyer can then either accept or decline the application by email. The online application calls for basic information from suppliers, including facts on finances, products and core competencies. The South African SAM also includes questions on Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment, eBusiness Readiness, Employment Equity and Quality Management Systems. The information captured by the online application form goes directly into MBSA’s secure Lotus Notes database, accessible only by SAM Users.
* Click here to download "Terms and Conditions for the Procurement of Goods" (pdf, 470KB)
* Click here to download "Terms and Conditions for the Procurement of Services" (pdf, 460KB)