A product or service quality makes one of the most valuable intangible assets of any company, as the product quality can greatly contribute to the companies' corporate reputation and brand image. Therefore, many companies, and especially the largest ones, resort to the assistance of QMS or quality management system consultants in order to provide their organizations with the complete quality management. However, as it is often the case, many of the smaller enterprises do not make use of any quality management system at all. Nevertheless, there is a growing tendency for resorting to the QMS consultants' assistance among them as well. Thus, let us take a look at what a quality management system is and what criteria companies should use for selecting their quality management system consultants.
First of all, the QMS or quality management system is a system, which regulates the quality procedures and standards in the area of product manufacturing and is primary aimed at improving and enhancing companies' business performances. The QMS is also responsible for various manufacturing quality control processes and functions. The quality management system starts its history with the first half of the 20th century, when there was introduced the concept of the production quality inspection and control. The QMS is basically a product, created by the statistician W.Edwards Deming. Over the time the quality management system consultants' profession has underwent a number of significant changes. Their functions have shifted from executing a simple quality control to engineering and finally to systems engineering.
Now, since the implementation of the quality management system can have a significant impact on the overall companies' business performances, the task of selecting a quality management system consultant becomes the one of the utmost priority. Therefore, let us take a look at some criteria entrepreneurs should apply in the process of selecting their consultants.
As it has been already mentioned, if company's managers want to achieve excellent business results through the implementation of the quality management system, they should look for an assistance of experienced and certified by the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) consultants. These consultants have to be capable of implementing the best fitting methodology and technology QMS solutions, highly relevant to their customers' industry trends and demands. Such quality management system consultants have to possess the skill of communication, be versatile, practical and perceptive. Moreover, they have to have the detailed knowledge in their customers' industry and in the overall business administration. It will allow them to gain a deeper understanding of how the quality management system will fit into the overall clients' organizational management and business operations. Otherwise, inexperienced QMS consultants can do more harm than good for your enterprise and resorting to their services would be a sheer waste of time and money.