Strategic Commodity Manager for Tooling and Ground Support Equipment

Job Locations US-WA-Kent


As part of a small, passionate and accomplished team of experts, you will manage the supply base responsible for designing and fabricating complex equipment and tooling for various spaceflight systems. You will share in the team’s impact on all aspects of supplier communications, equipment design, pricing, and delivery schedules. This position will directly impact the history of space exploration and will require your dedicated commitment and detailed attention towards safe and repeatable spaceflight.


  • Provides strategic leadership in the evaluation, sourcing, and development of the Tooling & Ground Support Equipment (GSE) commodity supply base to support production and handling of very large space vehicle subassemblies
  • Develops and implements sourcing strategies to establish and maintain the Tooling & GSE commodity supply base capacity and capability to support program cost, quality, performance, and delivery targets
  • Ensures GSE and specialty manufacturing tooling is designed, fabricated and delivered at the lowest total cost, and on time to support program requirements
  • Participates in use and improvement of databases to guide sourcing activity and capture supplier status, history, criticality, operational performance, and known issues
  • Works with program stakeholders to identify long lead tooling and GSE procurement requirements and gaps in supply base capabilities
  • Works with logistics to transport oversize equipment from supplier to manufacturing site
  • Evaluates suitability and stability of current and potential suppliers with regard to financial health, staffing, quality, capacity, technical capability, and reputation
  • Leads suppliers through the resolution of discrepancies or schedule delays, including corrective and preventive actions and recovery plans
  • Identify opportunities to leverage existing supplier relationships, obtain price/cost reductions, rationalize/consolidate the supply base and maintain alternate supplier options
  • Leads supplier negotiations on complex procurement contracts to achieve the lowest total cost, while ensuring requirements related to technical performance, quality, delivery, and service are met
  • Conducts periodic supplier business reviews to communicate supplier performance to internal and supplier management teams.
  • Conducts site surveys and business evaluations of existing and potential suppliers, and participates in supplier quality audits, and resolution of corrective actions with suppliers


  • 7 years minimum experience in managing complex capital equipment and large-scale manufacturing tooling commodities or procurement projects.
  • Minimum 10 years of supply chain management experience with progressively more responsibility
  • Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Supply Chain Management, Engineering, or a related field
  • Extensive knowledge of and experience with structural steel fabrication and machining processes, robotics and motion control systems, specialized material handling equipment, and mobile equipment.
  • Must be able to travel 50% of time
  • Ability to work effectively in cross-functional teams, and independently
  • Strong collaborative negotiation skills
  • 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
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (current Green Card holder)


  • Master's degree in Business Administration, Supply Chain Management, Engineering, or a related field preferred
  • Engineering or structural fabrication experience with large-scale aerospace tooling or ground support equipment.
  • CPM, CSCP certification or equivalent.
  • Experience with Windchill or similar PLM software
  • Experience with the logistics required for heavy equipment transport by road or barge


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