SGN is one of the UK's biggest utility companies with a supply chain value of over £500m.
With safety, sustainability and responsibility at the heart of all we do, we're keen to establish strong relationships with our suppliers because we know how critical they are to our business.
We want to build and develop our supplier network and welcome any new engagement from suppliers who share our core values. Our simple step approach to working together incorporates the key engagement steps with our suppliers - registration, tender management and contract engagement.
The first step in building a relationship with us, irrespective of which part of SGN you wish to work for, is to register using our supplier registration system which is hosted by Achilles Information Limited. For requirements subject to EU procurement regulations, suppliers will be selected from Achilles UVDB in the United Kingdom, as this ensures you are able to work with and support our teams safely and responsibly.
While our primary supplier selection process uses Achilles, for requirements that are subject to the EU procurement rules, tender events will be published via the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) and suppliers will be able to participate directly. Our procurement team leading the event will be able to advise and support you in joining the event via Emptoris.
For the second and third key steps we have introduced the Emptoris system to manage and facilitate our core sourcing process. Emptoris is a cloud-based solution enabling our procurement teams to create tender events, invite suppliers to participate, and manage contract negotiation and award. We'll be introducing Emptoris across SGN through the beginning of 2017 and have provided further information on how to use and access the system below.
Supplier Registration System
By registering your interest to work with us via the supplier registration system, it not only informs us of your services and products but also your commitment to our core values and objectives.
Click here to start your registration
If the goods, works or services you wish to supply to us are subject to EU Procurement rules, you should also register on Achilles UVDB (UK).
We're committed to the fair treatment of all our suppliers and to paying our suppliers on time. We're constantly looking to not only provide our suppliers with quick resolution of invoices but also ensure any queries or issues are managed effectively.
To help us deliver on those commitments, we ask all our suppliers to work directly with our centralised Accounts Payable team and follow these guidelines:
Any invoice questions or queries can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org quoting 'query' and suitable reference in the email subject to ensure your query can be managed efficiently by the Accounts Payable team.
Click here for more information on the Prompt Payment Code
Emptoris is being adopted for all tender events run by our procurement teams. Our procurement teams will be using the online system provided by IBM to create and manage our tender events from initial invitations through to finalising and awarding the contracts.
We would recommend visiting the Knowledge Centre links below to find more information on the system and its use.
Via these links you can access and watch video tutorials which guide you in using the system and participating in tender events. Emptoris will send invitations to tender directly and start the tender process with you.
There are some key points to remember:
More information on Emptoris is available in our short guide.
Click here to read our general purchase terms and conditions (last updated 17 March 2016).