View Full Version : Amount of suppliers per buyer

11-06-2012, 09:39 PM

I am curious as to what the average amount of suppliers any certain buyer should have responsibility of. More specifically in the automotive manufacturing industry. Thank you!

11-12-2012, 03:22 PM
The number does not have to be exact, I am just curious how many suppliers an average sourcing specialist should have.

11-14-2012, 09:23 PM
These is no meaningful answer until you disclose what your sourcing department want to achieve, and what maturity stage your dept. is at.

I see one IT company with 1500 US employee and $800 place only 4 sourcing professional and buyers for the whole US operations. But their list of vendors are as many as several thousands, from cleaning and coffee service, to Oracle, from limo service to KMPG. And each professional covers multiple categories.

In another consumer product company, there are average 10-15 vendors each employee, each of them on several sub-catoeories of one major category.

07-12-2013, 08:47 PM
I had to look at my data....

We have a little over 100 suppliers per authorized purchasing agent. However, 20% of the suppliers processed 80% of purchase orders.

This is for MRO/Direct materials for a non-automotive manufacturing company. This also includes VMI material, as well.

However, we are a classically understaffed organization. In our organization (as compared to other sites), we would need 1-2 more buyers to bring this facility down to other facilities efficiency levels.

We manage because we're all very experienced, very motivated individuals.