• Strategic Commodity Manager for Machining

    Job Locations US-WA-Kent
    Integrated Supply Chain
    Job ID
  • Overview

    As part of a rapidly evolving team, you’ll help build the foundation of a company that is doing things for which no blueprint exists.   This position is responsible for effectively managing and implementing strategies, performance, and relations with critical aerospace suppliers.   You will work alongside a team of managers, engineers, buyers, and software developers. 


    • Support and implement aerospace commodity and supplier strategies including sourcing for research and development with a long term goal for production for complex machining.
    • Participate in use and improvement of databases to capture supplier status, history, criticality, and known issues.
    • Work with programs to identify long lead supplier procurement schedules and capacity.
    • Evaluate suitability and stability of current and potential suppliers with regard to financial health, staffing, quality, throughput, technical capability, and reputation.
    • Lead suppliers through resolving discrepancies, including corrective and preventive actions and recovery plans
    • Identify opportunities to leverage existing supplier relationships, obtain price/cost reductions, rationalize/consolidate the supply base, secure favorable long term agreements, maintain alternate supplier options, and support long term supplier relationships.
    • Work with Supplier Quality Engineers and cross-functional teams to develop strategies for obtaining first time quality throughout the supply chain.
    • Lead negotiations for complex contracts and Master Supply Agreements
    • Provide management with status regarding supplier and materials availability issues for assigned commodity; conduct program reviews with key suppliers to ensure support of long term business objectives
    • Conduct site surveys for potential suppliers, participate in supplier pre-ship reviews, quality audits, source inspections and hardware acceptance, corrective actions, and foster continuous improvement with suppliers.


    • 7 years minimum experience in managing a complex metals machining supply chain processes
    • Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Supply Chain Management, Engineering, or a related field.
    • Extensive knowledge in machine shop management, estimating, tooling, CNC machine capabilities, and  supplier capability across the U.S,
    • Minimum 2 years of supplier quality experience
    • Must be able to travel 50% of time
    • Experience in sourcing for both development and production runs
    • Experience with different types of contracting vehicles such as  Long Term Agreements
    • Ability to work effectively in cross-functional teams, and independently
    • Strong communication skills and ability to manage multiple tasks and projects
    • Exceptional organizational and analytical skills, and a proven ability to drive complex projects with minimal oversight
    • Applicant must be a United States citizen or permanent resident alien


    • Master’s degree in Business Administration, Supply Chain Management, Engineering, or a related field preferred.
    • Engineering or technical experience.
    • CPM, CSCP certification or equivalent.
    • ASQ quality engineer certification.
    • Six sigma/lean process improvement experience.
    • Experience with AS9100, ISO9001 supply base requirements
    • Experience with FAR/DFAR requirements and commercial programs


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