• Director of Supplier Management and Procurement

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

    As part of a passionate and accomplished team of experts, you will be responsible for strategic leadership and managing the team that conducts all procurement activities for the company. Working with business leaders and supply chain managers, you will be responsible for leading and coordinating procurement activities for the company from development to production and into launch operations. This includes procurement planning, subcontract and supplier evaluation and selection, input to make/buy decisions, purchasing strategy and cash flow planning, regular reporting of procurement status and forecasting, and involvement in negotiations. This position will directly impact the history of space exploration and will require your dedicated commitment and detailed attention towards safe and repeatable spaceflight.


    • Develop and manage company-wide procurement plan and schedule for all segments of Blue Origin. 
    • Organize activities of commodity managers and buyers to ensure alignment with program schedule and cost strategy.
    • Support program and product teams regarding design decisions, purchasing strategy, and manufacturing plans in order to achieve efficient logistics and a reliable, low cost sourcing strategy.
    • Lead major subcontracts and critical supplier engagement, activities and corrective actions.
    • Coordinate the development of purchasing strategy that takes into account shorter lead times, reduced process flow, and reduced overall supply chain costs.
    • Develop and manage alternate and backup supplier strategy and risk mitigation strategies where on-time and on-budget delivery is a risk to the program.
    • Manage and coordinate the details of procurement contracts to establish consistency of operations. This includes supplier selection, RFPs, fact-finding and negotiation processes.
    • Serve as an advocate for supplier quality initiatives and supplier engagement including an annual supplier summit.
    • Track and monitor the status of procurements from PO through delivery and lead the resolution of procurement priority conflicts and critical supplier issues.
    • As a leader you will build and manage a team, including developing resource plans and profiles, authoring job descriptions, conducting interviews, making hiring recommendations, assigning tasks, supporting career development and conducting performance reviews.


    • BS degree or higher in Business Administration, Engineering Management, Operations Management or Supply Chain
    • 10+ years of experience in development and production environments specific to aerospace applications or complex systems with a track record of increasing responsibilities
    • Procurement experience in a Government Contract compliance format
    • Strong interpersonal skills and established relationships with aerospace leaders. Ability to communicate clearly and effectively
    • Must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.


    • Master’s in Business Administration, Supply Chain Management, Logistics, or other related business field
    • Experience working with aerospace suppliers and subcontractors
    • Lean manufacturing and/or six sigma process implementation
    • Project Management certification (PMP/Certified Project Manager) or Program Management Office (PMO)
    • Earned Value Management (EVM) experience


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