BHP plat­form for sup­pli­ers

North West Telegraph - - Telegraph News - Tay­lar Amonini

It is hoped lo­cal sup­pli­ers will gain a leg up in the Pil­bara min­ing in­dus­try as BHP an­nounces a new on­line reg­is­tra­tion pro­gram to im­prove sup­plier en­gage­ment.

Tar­get­ing small busi­nesses with fewer than 20 full-time equiv­a­lent em­ploy­ees, the BHP WA Lo­cal Buy Pro­gram is an ex­ten­sion of the pi­lot pro­gram im­ple­mented in Queens­land and New South Wales.

The pro­gram’s pre-reg­is­tra­tion opens this week ahead of its Septem­ber roll­out.

A BHP spokes­woman said the min­ing gi­ant hoped to build on the ex­ist­ing en­gage­ment with lo­cal sup­pli­ers in the Pil­bara.

The pro­gram will build on this en­gage­ment by pro­vid­ing a ded­i­cated pur­chas­ing plat­form through which BHP can show­case op­por­tu­ni­ties through a sin­gle on­line por­tal.

BHP gen­eral man­ager of port Chris Dark said the new pro­gram was about fur­ther in­creas­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal busi­nesses to sup­port the lo­cal econ­omy and de­liver flow-on ben­e­fits to the Pil­bara com­mu­nity.

“It will help us build on the more than $25 bil­lion worth of goods and ser­vices we have pro­cured from WA busi­nesses over the last five years,” he said.

“Based on a suc­cess­ful model piloted by BHP’s Queens­land busi­ness, the new pro­gram makes it eas­ier for small lo­cal busi­ness, in­clud­ing indige­nous sup­pli­ers, to ten­der for work with BHP.

“We have seen what a dif­fer­ence it can make to lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and want to make sure that the Pil­bara ben­e­fits from it too.”

The pro­gram aims at mak­ing the lo­cal-sup­plier process shorter and more stream­lined, in­clud­ing of­fer­ing shorter pay­ment terms of 21 days for sup­pli­ers from sub­mis­sion claims.

BHP has con­tracted C-Res, a cost-neu­tral en­tity, to pro­vide sup­pli­ers with the on­line plat­form through which they can di­rectly in­ter­act with peo­ple from pro­cure­ment at BHP and will al­low them to keep their sup­plier in­for­ma­tion up to date.

C-Res will also have a team of ad­vis­ers based in the Pil­bara to work closely with sup­pli­ers and com­mu­nity part­ners to pro­vide on the ground sup­port with the new pro­gram as well as of­fer de­vel­op­ment and train­ing pro­grams, funded by BHP.

Ac­cord­ing to BHP, more than 80 per cent of op­er­a­tional spend in the 2016 fi­nan­cial year was with WA sup­pli­ers and en­gaged about 600 WA busi­nesses. Over the past five years BHP has pro­cured more than $25 bil­lion worth of goods and ser­vices from WA sup­pli­ers.

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