The Purchasing department provides the conduit between Bentley and our supplier base. We are responsible for the diligent management of the company's supplier commitments. By this we mean that we place contracts for the various goods and services necessary for the construction of our motors cars and maintenance of our manufacturing site and facilities. Our vision is to provide a transparent service that facilitates manufacturing of the Bentley product range with the specified parts at the right time, with appropriate quality and at the optimum cost.
The purchasing function performs a key role within the Bentley Manufacturing organisation, whilst also reporting to the Volkswagen Group board member for Purchasing. We are responsible for the selection and management of the supply base, ensuring cross-functional agreement to sourcing strategies and management of costs both prior to and post start of model production.
Purchasing is split into two primary groups, these being:
Responsible for the successful implementation of new parts and systems for either new products or changes to existing products.
Commercial purchasing is split further into:
- Production - who manage the supply base and all elements of costs relating to components for motor Cars.
- General - who manage the contracts for the supplies of goods and services that maintain our site and facilities i.e. electricity, maintenance.
In summary Purchasing responsibilities include supplier identification, supplier nomination, supplier management, cost analysis, cost control, cost reporting, year on year economics, project delivery, systems/process development and last but by no means least, support to the VAG Purchasing activities.