I hope that you have enjoyed the article “6 Early Supplier Involvement Tips.”
While the article focuses on how to best work with your suppliers, I think that another benefit of having these tactics at your disposal is being able to scare engineers into working with you.
Yep, you heard me right.
Engineers are more than happy to select their favorite suppliers without competition. Their suppliers will be firmly entrenched in your organization before you even have a clue much less a chance to influence or bring value to the decision.
Engineers can often be short-sighted in this selection process, not seeing the long-term cost/reliability/service implications of their decisions. Showing them a process and educating them as to the consequences of not following it can go a long way towards getting the respect you need to be a valued part of the design team.
So scare them if that’s what it takes to make the best decision for the entire company, I say!