What Is Achilles Link-Up?
Achilles Link-Up is an innovative supplier registration and pre-qualification system. It enables buyers in the rail industry access to the latest validated supplier information and ensures they can procure while complying with all relevant UK regulations.
Previously, buyers in the UK rail industry could only use RISQS as a way to access assurance services. However, the RSSB has recently accredited Achilles Link-Up as a viable alternative to RISQS for rail industry buyers.
Achilles Link-Up started life back in 1997 as a supplier registration and pre-qualification system in the transport sector. Today, Achilles Link-Up offers buyers a cutting-edge and personalised approach to supplier assurance in the rail industry.
What Are the Benefits of Achilles Link-Up?
Achilles Link-Up offers a plethora of advantages to buyers and suppliers within the rail industry:
Approved by Network Rail
Buying organisations in the UK rail industry must ultimately work with approved suppliers if they wish to comply with RSSB Standards and other industry Standards. Doing so ensures that safety-critical goods, works, and services are all compliant and legitimate.
Achilles Link-Up is the only independent (Currently) supplier for registration and pre-qualification systems approved by the RSSB. (the other being RISQS which from August 2021 will be run directly by the RSSB).
Quick and Easy Access to 50,000 Suppliers
It’s no secret that the RSSB have stringent requirements for suppliers as there are certain expectations providers must meet before becoming approved suppliers.
Achilles Link-Up makes it quick and easy for buyers like GWR and MACE to access over 50,000 suppliers across various regions and sectors, both in the United Kingdom and abroad.
Another benefit of using Achilles Link-Up is how the system supports several languages. It primarily supports the English language, but there is also support for nine additional European languages to help international buyers and suppliers.
One-Stop-Shop Solution for Buyers and Suppliers
A challenge that faces buying organisations in many industries is having to work with several systems. It can take up a lot of time and effort to qualify potential suppliers if buyers must research them on different platforms.
Similarly, if suppliers in most industries wish to attract procurement teams, they too would typically need to work with several systems. Thankfully, Achilles Link-Up offers a unified platform where rail industry buyers and suppliers can converge.
How Does Auditing Work?
Lastly, one question suppliers new to Achilles Link-Up will likely ask is, how does auditing work with the system?
The Achilles Link-Up audit gets conducted according to Network Rail Level 2 Manual NR/L2/SCO/302 – Supplier Qualification Requirements. Suppliers get audited against one or more applicable audit modules.