Sourcing Agent Practice a Project Manager Must Follow

POSTED ON August 23, 2021

If you are wondering whether a sourcing agent Practice or a project manager Practice means the same, the answer is no. Most sourcing agents are just sourcing agents and not project managers. There are few who can really call themselves project managers as well. A project manager has a much broader set of responsibilities. Wikipedia defines a project manager as

“A project manager is a professional in the field of project management. Project managers have the responsibility of the planning, procurement and execution of a project, in any undertaking that has a defined scope, defined start and a defined finish; regardless of industry. Project managers are the first point of contact for any issues or discrepancies arising from within the heads of various departments in an organization before the problem escalates to higher authorities, as project representative.”

You may often find sourcing project managers juggling tasks such as planning, organising and coordinating shipments, supervising delivery, managing customers and ensuring that shipments meet quality standards and comply with legal requirements.

When you are sourcing from China or any other country where you don’t have a physical presence, handling logistics can be a very challenging job. Things can get even more challenging when there is new product development or too many stakeholders involved. In such cases, you need a dedicated local project manager who can take care of your project from start to finish and steer it to successful completion.

Not every sourcing agent can claim to be a project manager. You need someone who is qualified, certified and has the right experience. There are certain skills that a project manager must possess in order to be able to run your project successfully. Some of these skills include: A sourcing manager has to interact with a number of stakeholders such as suppliers, customers, vendors such as transport providers, freight forwarders, quality inspectors, and even government officials such as customs officials. They need to have the networking skills and the ability to nurture relationships with various stakeholders. They need to have a strong network of suppliers and other providers that can be utilized immediately when required. A sourcing/project manager must have good knowledge of finance and budgeting. They should have an understanding of accounting systems. Financial skills are essential for any project manager as they need to ensure that budgets are adhered to and there are no deviations or overruns. This is probably one of the most important skills a project manager must possess. It is important that they are able to communicate with all stakeholders in a clear and concise manner. When we say communication skills, we mean both oral and written. In the case of China sourcing agent pratice, communication skills become even more important because the project manager has to communicate with the client in English and with the suppliers and other local stakeholders in their language. The project manager should be able to communicate and connect with all stakeholders and maintain a relationship with them. The sourcing manager should be accountable and take ownership of the project. When it comes to new product development or sourcing multiple products from multiple suppliers, there can be many challenges thrown at the project manager. They should be able to handle all the stress and make their way through the challenges. They should remain true to their responsibilities and steer the project to completion despite all the challenges.

Looking to set up a virtual office in China to manage your new product development in China? Need someone on the ground to take care of all your sourcing needs and coordinate with all the parties involved? Get in touch with our sourcing team now to discuss your project.