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Supply management system launched by Balfour Beatty

Balfour Beatty Rail has launched an online supply chain management system for suppliers to allow centralised assessment of people working in its supply chain.

The Total Supplier Management Solution (TSMS) is being implemented in partnership with Achilles, and suppliers will be asked to complete an online registration with data to be stored in a centralised database.

The Balfour Beatty Accreditation and Supplier Information System (BBASIS) will also allow Balfour Beatty to identify and prevent any potential issues in the supply chain.

John Green, supply chain assurance manager for Balfour Beatty Rail, said: “Balfour Beatty Rail has been a member of Achilles Link-up for over 15 years and we have seen directly the positive impact smarter procurement processes and communication have had on the rail industry.

“Balfour Beatty Rail is now looking to extend this commitment to continuous improvement, by introducing our own comprehensive supply chain management system. This will incorporate existing data and intelligence from the Link-up community.

“With visibility of activity at all levels of our supply chain, we will have a more systematic approach towards managing potential risks. The online registration will also make it easier for new suppliers to engage with us and demonstrate their interest, which is often difficult particularly for small and medium sized companies.”

Annette Gevaert, director of rail and transport at Achilles, said: “We are delighted to offer a total supplier management solution to Balfour Beatty Rail, which will enable the company to reduce the risk, time and cost associated with procurement activities.

“Balfour Beatty Rail has shown how companies can use Link-up as a strategic procurement tool to help manage increasingly complex supply chains.”

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