Vendor/Supplier onboarding is a key process for systematically integrating vendors into many supply chain business processes so that they can manufacture and deliver accurately per the agreement and specification, and get paid in an efficient manner. The onboarding workflow can be used on its own or it can follow the supplier qualification process. Depending on the type of supplier and region the process can be quite extensive requiring orchestration of internal workflows, getting information from the supplier, risk assessment, as well as bi-directional integration with multiple internal and external systems. An example process designed with ZFlow is show below.
The onboarding process is intricately tied to the Vendor/Supplier master data management strategy of the company as the workflow collects, validates and creates Vendor/Supplier master data will be used by various processes in manufacturing, quality management, logistics and finance.