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Supplier Auditor Training

Course Name: Principles of Supplier Auditing



1 day

Suitable for:

Staff involved in the control of the supply chain including those responsible for food safety and the quality management systems within the supply chain.



Build customer confidence that your supplier approval audits are valid by showing they were carried out by competent staff with relevant training.


Course Content

  • What is a supplier audit?
  • Risk assessment of the supply chain includes chain of custody
  • Supplier self audit pack
  • Supplier audit programme schedule
  • Audit types
  • Structured approach to a supplier audit
  • Auditors requirements and conduct
  • Preparing for the audit
  • The check list
  • Good and bad reporting
  • Benefits and limitations of check lists
  • Making the arrangements for the audit
  • Opening meeting
  • Auditor interview skills
  • Attitude, environment and materials
  • Types of questions to ask and interview skills when dealing with suppliers
  • Non-verbal communications during audit interviews
  • Carrying out the audit
  • Collecting evidence
  • The audit trail
  • Examining records and documentation
  • Gathering objective evidence
  • Auditing supplier hygiene
  • Covert observations and intervention
  • Non-conformities and agreeing the facts
  • Levels of non-conformance
  • Audit analysis
  • Non-conformity levels, agreeing the facts and corrective action reporting
  • The closing meeting, purpose, agenda and agreement of corrective actions
  • Final audit reporting
  • Monitoring improvement and follow up of corrective actions including root-cause analysis
  • Verification of corrective actions, audit close out & audit storage
  • Keeping the purchasing team informed of findings and updating the supplier approval record
  • Closing out the audit



Various practical exercises are undertaken throughout the day to ensure participation and full understanding.



Delegates will receive a HAND IN HAND® attendance certificate.