The sourcing process

The sourcing process

Securing value – creating opportunities

As a frontline strategic organization, Ericsson Sourcing works continuously to generate value for our customers and our business through the professional qualification of new and existing suppliers.

Established processes and protocols ensure that our approved suppliers are efficiently connected to the right opportunities within our portfolio.

We work together with supplier to create a joint commitment that includes:

  • identifying the best solutions for our customers
  • promoting quality and efficiency to achieve industry leadership
  • a unified approach; essential for delivering premium end-to-end solutions
  • rapid adoption of evolving technologies
  • access to new distribution channels
  • our supplier engagement process

The Ericsson Sourcing process includes the following steps:

The Ericsson Sourcing process

Make/design/buy analysis

  • Establish business cases to support decisions for products and services
  • Analyze potential solution options
  • Manage preliminary buy assignment and ensure it is understood and accepted


  • Structure and analyze information and input data
  • Prepare sourcing activities


  • Manage requests for information, proposal, and quotation


  • Achieve signed agreements with suppliers that fulfill our business requirements

Implement agreement

  • Register, archive and communicate agreement data to relevant systems, stakeholders and users

Call off

  • Create orders to buy products or services
  • Monitor delivery
  • Post a goods receipt
  • Submit a claim to supplier

Invoice to payment

  • Receive of invoices manually or via electronic messages
  • Process invoices and credit notes, including matching invoices with purchase orders and securing authorizations
  • Pay supplier invoices
  • Handle statement of accounts, reminders and supplier account reconciliation

Manage category

Analyze the category and supplier market. Classify the supplier based on the supplier’s compliance to general criteria, specific criteria, and performance.

  • Analyze internal requirements
  • Identify gaps and possibilities
  • Perform business analyses
  • Dimension the supplier base

Manage supplier

Accurately and efficiently govern, develop, and manage suppliers.

  • Create a short- and long-term supplier strategy
  • Supplier governance and development (status and risk card)
  • Evaluate supplier
  • Update/terminate agreement