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Bell Helicopter Textron Inc

Manager, Strategic Sourcing - Future Vertical Lift




We are pioneers. We were the first to break the sound barrier and design the first functional jetpack. We were aboard NASA’s first lunar mission and brought advanced tiltrotor systems to market. Today, we are defining the future of on-demand mobility. At Bell, we are proud to be an iconic company with superb talent, rapidly creating novel and coveted vertical lift experiences.

The Manager of Strategic Sourcing for Bell’s Future Vertical Lift (FVL) Programs is directly responsible for Supply Chain Management (SCM) sourcing efforts connected with the strategic pursuits & capture of FVL Programs and its variants associated with Bell’s Advanced Vertical Lift System organization and Enterprise Alignment initiatives. Specifically, the person will be responsible for the development and execution of SCM support strategies to help win the Army’s FLRAA (Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft) and FARA (Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft) Programs.

The Manager will lead a team in the development and execution of sourcing strategies throughout the phases of FVL Program timelines and act as the primary communicator in providing support to all levels of direct and interdependent stakeholders. This role will have at least 11 direct reports.

Responsibilities include:

  • Manage all SCM efforts from a Development Program into a Program of Record (POR). 
  • Influence potential wins with SCM strategies and themes that will impact the Bell Enterprise. 
  • Lead procurement activity and act as a liaison between SCM and FVL Programs to drive communication and execution on customizing, kits, mission segment bundles, and key multi-year contracting efforts. 
  • Establish and lead sourcing strategy, quality, delivery, and cost performance within the supply base. 
  • Develop and implement supplier roadmaps, capacity analysis, and strategic initiatives to support small business objectives and major sales campaigns in support of FVL. 
  • Initiate and execute long-term agreements with suppliers while identifying and implementing strategies for cost out opportunities. 
  • Develop overall short and long-term supply chain strategies within Program phases and timeline and identify which suppliers to ‘team’ with related to specific market opportunities to increase Program Win.
  • Leverage/utilize supplier investments in product development to incorporate on Bell platforms to increase competitive advantage. 
  • Develop work assignments and execution of AOP objectives for team while cultivating and growing talent within team. Define and manage resources as business needs arise. 
  • Specific responsibilities may include: establish and communicate high level SCM objectives and approach, coordinate contracting execution and implementation of specific procurement strategies, establish priorities, assign workloads, coordinate with support functions (legal, subcontract eval, finance, etc.), interpret and review contract provisions for accuracy and revisions, work cooperatively and jointly with stakeholders to provide quality, seamless customer service. 
  • Responsible for compliance and adherence with stated policies and procedures to maintain a certified procurement system under the FAR. EAR and ITAR compliance must be maintained with volume of FMS and international (offset) market opportunities. 
  • Work closely with SCM Operation Teams at various locations to ensure purchase orders (PO) are aligned with demand and issued within lead time to support on time delivery of parts. 
  • Inform and support SC activities related to FVL for Future Supply Chain and Enterprise Alignment initiatives in collaboration with Future Factory and Operation objectives towards Vertical Integration strategies and make to buy content definition. 
  • Drive cross functional participation, adoption, and advocacy of supply chain processes for FVL while working closely with all functions of Supply Chain and Bell to ensure organizational alignment. 
  • Qualifications

    Educational Requirements:

  • Education: 4-year degree (BS/BA in Business, Supply Chain, Finance, Accounting, Engineering or related business or technical degree).
  • Position Requirements:
  • At least 10 years of strategic sourcing and supply chain related professional experience with direct experience performing key procurement activities, including commodity strategy development, contract writing and administration, supplier negotiation, purchase order placement and order management.Substantial contract experience with the DoD acquisition process and military sustainment in the aerospace industryStrong analytical /forecasting /modeling skillsStrong communication skills with the ability to lead cross-functionallyProficient knowledge in Supply Chain Operational Tactics, Strategies as well as systems related to purchase order transactions and contracts/subcontracts administration. 
  • Preferred Education, Skills and Experience:

  • Master’s degree (MBA or MS/MA)
  • Experience in applying Six Sigma/Lean Principle Tools.
  • Don’t miss the chance to join a diverse, inclusive environment where you feel a sense of belonging. As a member of our global workforce, you will collaborate with dedicated, enthusiastic teams where unique experiences, backgrounds and ideas combined with a strong passion for our products take us above and beyond flight.

    EEO StatementTextron is committed to providing Equal Opportunity in Employment, to all applicants and employees regardless of, race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, military status, veteran status, handicap, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law.This position requires use of information which is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and/or the Export Administration Regulations (EAR)., Non-U.S. persons selected must meet eligibility requirements for access to export-restricted information. , The ITAR/EAR defines a U.S. person as a U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (i.e. 'Green Card Holder'), Political Asylee, or Refugee.Pay Transparency Policy StatementThe contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise, have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.Recruiting Company:Bell Textron Inc.




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    Fort Worth, Texas

    Bell Helicopter Textron Inc