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Supply Chain Manager I- Production Supplies

Company:  Ball Aerospace

Westminster, CO, US, 80021

Date:  Jan 12, 2021
Job Category:  Supply & Logistics
Req. ID:  4334

Powered by endlessly curious people with an unwavering mission focus, Ball Aerospace pioneers discoveries that enable our customers to perform beyond expectation and protect what matters most.


We create innovative space solutions, enable more accurate weather forecasts, drive insightful observations of our planet, deliver actionable data and intelligence, and ensure those who defend our freedom go forward bravely and return home safely. For more information, visit Ball Aerospace Career Site or connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.


The Operations Strategic Support Unit plays a fundamental role in enabling efficient business and program execution – from technologies and investments to supply chain, manufacturing and test operations, facilities management, and information technology services.





Supply Chain Manager I- Production Supplies


What You’ll Do:

  • Provide strategic direction, leadership guidance and functional expertise to a small-moderate sized team of supplier management professionals accountable for a low-moderate volume of sales annually associated with supplies required for production; lab supplies, Shop Aides, Adhesives, Chemicals, Raw Material, Fasteners fabrication category, outsourced materials and services.
  • As an authorized signatory for BATC, be accountable for the successful performance of a small – moderate sized team of commodity specialists and commodity managers responsible for writing, negotiating and managing category specific procurements.
  • Develop and orchestrate execution of strategic supplier category management plans to address requirements across a category/commodity (together with Engineering, Mission Assurance and Supply Chain Program Leads); the category manager is responsible for ensuring categories of products are managed for cost optimization, governance and risk mitigation, while delivering finished goods or services on time with a high degree of quality
  • Develop long term partnerships / agreements with key suppliers, and leverage relationships to gain cost, schedule and terms advantages for Ball Aerospace and the category supplier partners.
  • Work with SC senior management and program / proposal management to determine staffing requirements, develop proposal BoEs and align staff as required to support programs, new business activities, or other activities, as required.
  • Responsible for supplier sourcing, solicit and lead supplier proposal evaluations; employ value analysis techniques to analyze price, technical capability and financial viability, investigate supplier’s ability/capability to perform within the proposed cost, technical, and schedule parameters
  • Develop procurement management plans in support of critical procurements to mitigate cost, technical, quality and schedule risk (in partnership with Program, Supply Chain Quality and Quality team members internal to BATC)
  • Ensure suppliers are selected and managed per requirements and compliance of the company in a timely and cost-effective manner; develop and maintain risk & opportunity plans to meet program objectives and drive supplier accountability to cost, schedule and quality requirements.
  • Act as lead for conflict resolution of supplier issues, developing, educating and mentoring team members in the same, and measuring results for broader use across the supply chain team and/or company.
  • Responsible for the team’s adherence to process, success criteria and metrics, and be proactive and reactive for company audits
  • Responsible for subcontract / procurement managers talent development, training, and supervision
  • Gather, track and analyze productivity and performance results, develop recommendations, and communicate findings to Supply Chain leadership and internal stakeholders on an ongoing and as-needed basis
  • Effect continuous improvement of supplier selection, negotiation, monitoring, tracking, measuring, and reporting processes per company policies
  • Identify strategies and opportunities to reduce cost, improve efficiency and manage supplier risk through strategic and targeted negotiations; contribute to program risk and opportunity management
  • Own the management of supplier contractual performance throughout the procurement lifecycle; resolve supplier performance issues and any internal Ball issues that affect supplier performance.
  • Responsible for generation of the contractual documentation , ensuring all supplier management actions are performed within Ball Aerospace procedures and compliant to government regulations.
  • Perform all supplier administrative functions including but not limited to, review of Prime contract and generation of appropriate flow downs, change management & generation of contract modifications, management of financials and invoices; management of supplier deliverables, and generally ensuring supplier compliance and performance to contract.
  • Maintain a regular and predictable work schedule.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships within the department, the Strategic Business Units, Strategic Support Units and the Company.  Interact appropriately with others in order to maintain a positive and productive work environment.
  • Perform other duties as necessary.


What You’ll Need:

  • BS/BA in related field plus 10 years or more related experience.
  • Each higher-level related degree, i.e. Master’s Degree or Ph.D., may substitute for two years of experience.  Two years of related experience may be substituted for each year of education. Degree must be from a university, college, or school which is accredited by an agency recognized by the US Secretary of Education, US Department of Education. Demonstrated expertise in contracts, subcontracts and/or procurement management; specifically, as the contract writer, negotiator and manager.Professional, demonstrated experience as a supervisory Supply Chain Manager for large-scale (>$10M), proposals or programs in support of DoD and/or NASA customers.
  • Demonstrated expertise in contracts, subcontracts and/or procurement management; specifically, as the contract writer, negotiator and manager.
  • Professional experience and demonstrated expertise in US Government Program Proposal Development, US Government purchasing / acquisitions, and material handling.
  • A working knowledge of standard tools, KPIs and processes required to support and measure the value-add of the Supply Chain purchasing organization (i.e. MRP, Invoicing, Forecasting, compliance, etc.).
  • Ability to act in a leadership capacity on Supplier Management Team, provide vision to the Team, guide the Team to higher levels of achievement, and effectively deliver results by practicing leadership through influence.
  • Ability to effectively relate with others, build a high performing team and operate fully as a team member.
  • Strong and proven leadership skills; experience in direct supervisory and ability to effect positive results in a highly matrixed environment
  • Demonstrated ability to build effective relationships at all levels of the organization
  • Ability to convert business area and customer requirements into executable strategies.
  • Ability to collaborate with Engineering, Subcontract Management and mission assurance to develop clear supplier statements of work (SOW)
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and MS Project) to generate reports, executive level briefings and generally support job performance
  • Experience with Deltek Cost-point, Agile, IFS, and/or similar tools used to generate purchase orders in a highly regulated environment.
  • Extensive FAR/DFAR knowledge; Working knowledge of US Government acquisition laws and regulations
  • Experience with all-types of contracts to include, but not limited to FFP, Cost, Incentive and Award Fee
  • Excellent interpersonal and organization skills
  • Excellent communication skills (both oral and written)
  • Ability to obtain a US Top Secret / SCI Clearance
  • Ability to Travel 10-25% (domestically)
  • Active US Top Secret / SCI Clearance preferred.
  • Prior experience as a Category / Commodity manager, procurement supervisor or subcontracts management supervisor within the Aerospace & Defense industry preferred.
  • Demonstrated technical aptitude; Technical experience and/or degree preferred.
  • Majority of career spent in Aerospace & Defense Supply Chain organization; 25% or more of career with Tier 1 Defense Contractor (i.e. Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, Northrup Grumman, etc.) preferred.
  • Capture or proposal lead experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated track record of success driving win-win supplier negotiations preferred.
  • Recognized, formal industry certification in one or more of the following: Program Management, Contract Management and/or Supply Chain Management preferred.
  • First-hand knowledge and experience managing agreements and procuring products / services in and related to lab supplies, Shop Aides, Adhesives, Chemicals, Raw Material, Fasteners fabrication category, outsourced materials and services preferred.


Working Conditions:  

  • Work is performed in an office environment.
  • Travel and local commute between Ball campuses and other possible non-Ball locations may be required.


Future Clearance Required:

A current DoD clearance and/or SCI access with Polygraph is not required to be eligible for this position, however applicant must be willing and eligible for submission within 60-90 days after an offer is accepted and must be able to maintain the applicable clearance/access.  By applying to this position, you are agreeing to complete a National Security Clearance Pre-Screen Questionnaire to evaluate your general ability to obtain the required security clearance or government customer access associated with this position.


Relocation for this position is not available.


Compensation & Benefits

  • HIRING SALARY RANGE: $105,500 - $145,500 (Salary to be determined by the education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities of the applicant internal equity, and alignment with market data.)
  • This position includes a competitive benefits package. Click here to learn more.




Ball Aerospace is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status.

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