While the impact to domestic staff can be very disruptive, technology companies are continuing to move key parts of the manufacturing supply chain, as well as an increasing number of engineering roles and responsibilities offshore, through outsource partners, subsidiary companies etc.
In the quality space in particular, key employees need to take on larger responsibilities as companies expand their operations around the globe. By their very nature, dispersed operations are hard to control. The managers who are chiefly responsible for quality assurance need to make sure that they have the right rules and responsibilities articulated in their supply chain contracts and other working arrangements. Make sure that your business processes can be managed in an outsourced environment and that the appropriate infrastructure is in place before serious quality problems emerge.