What is the Airbus Direct Procurement Solution?

What is the Airbus Direct Procurement Solution, and how does it benefit buyers and suppliers?

As part of the Airbus company digitalisation programme, Airbus provides its teams and suppliers with an e-procurement tool that ensures business continuity and facilitates exchanges between the various stakeholders.  Airbus’ Direct Procurement (Flying Parts) solution is a shared, single strategic space for buyers and suppliers across all Airbus entities to perform all aspects of Calls-for-Tender – from the identification of potential suppliers to the selection of successful parties.

Bidding process

The ePROC Next Generation  allows buyers and suppliers to exchange requirements and proposals online throughout the bid process. Data can be exchanged between the parties via the web in a secure, structured and controlled way.

The intended benefits are an enhanced user experience for all parties, a single point of entry for supplier information and documentation, and a severe online location for data exchange between both buyers and sellers.

How does the system work?

Invitation to Call-for-Tender

The supplier receives an email with a link to participate in the Call-for Tender event and connect to the Airbus Direct Procurement Solution with their registration details.

Prerequisites

Once the supplier has been registered in the solution, he can join the event content page and need to click on "Verify prerequisites". The supplier must accept the general conditions and provide some documents depending on the Airbus division. In order to access the rest of the content, the buyer must accept and validate the prerequisites, and the supplier will receive an email notification to continue the process.

Submit the response

The supplier can now access the rest of the event content by clicking on "Submit a response". The supplier can complete all the questions and provide all the needed information. Once all mandatory information is completed, the supplier can click on "Submit the response".

Supplier selection and bidder notification

Once the supplier selection phase is done, the buyer performs the bidder notification. The supplier receives either the award letter or the non selection notification letter.

Contract and negotiation process

If the supplier is awarded, the contract and negotiation process begins. All the actions to perform are described in the email notifications.

Size of procurement operation 

Around 80% of Airbus’ activity is sourced. The company works with more than 12,000 suppliers worldwide that provide products and services for flying and non-flying parts.

Airbus continuously develops its supplier base, with an overall sourcing volume across the company valued at approximately €49.6 billion.  Airbus’ external procurement is equivalent to over two-thirds of the company’s revenues.

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