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CATEGORY MANAGER, INSTRUMENTATION

Blue Origin, LLC

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$54.33-81.25 /h
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Huntsville, AL
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Job Description

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Job Overview:

We are a diverse team of collaborators, doers, and problem-solvers who are relentlessly committed to a culture of safety. This position will directly impact the history of space exploration and will require your commitment and detailed attention towards safe and repeatable space flight. Join us in lowering the cost of access to space and enabling Blue Origin’s vision of millions of people living and working in space to benefit Earth.

As part of a diverse, passionate and accomplished team, you will be the leading commercial market expert in the INSTRUMENTATION category defining supply base strategies, managing global supplier performance, and relations with critical aerospace suppliers for various spaceflight programs in the INSTRUMENTATION Category. You will manage critical supplier relationships, monitor and provide visibility of global market conditions, analyze capacity constraints and long-term business risk delivering critical supply base strategy guaranteeing continuity of supply in the INSTRUMENTATION Category for all of Blue’s programs. This position will directly impact the history of space exploration by driving effective category strategies enabling the acquisition of cost-effective INSTRUMENTATION for Blue’s programs.

We are looking for someone to apply their technical expertise, leadership skills, and commitment to quality to positively impact safe human spaceflight. Passion for our mission and vision is required!

Responsibilities:

  • Provides strategic leadership in the evaluation, sourcing, and development of the INSTRUMENTATION Supply base to support the development and production of space vehicles
  • Ensures supply base can deliver to commercial scope of INSTRUMENTATION procurements and fulfill on time at the lowest lifecycle cost to support program requirements
  • Gives Periodic updates on the state of the industry in the INSTRUMENTATION Category
  • Participates in the use and improvement of databases that guide sourcing activity and capture supplier status, history, criticality, operational performance, and known issues
  • Works with program stakeholders to identify long lead procurement requirements and gaps in supply base capabilities
  • Evaluates suitability and stability of current and potential suppliers with regard to financial health, staffing, quality, throughput, technical capability, and reputation
  • Leads suppliers through structural business changes required to fulfill Blue’s lifelong program demand
  • Identifies 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
  • Identifies candidate suppliers for M&A activity and supports process with M&A team
  • Relentlessly gathers intelligence on the health of strategic suppliers’ business and informs Sr. Leadership of long-term risk and proposed countermeasures
  • 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, serves as a point of escalation and resolution of corrective actions with suppliers

Qualifications:

  • 10 years minimum experience managing commodities or services in aerospace R&D and manufacturing environments.
  • Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Supply Chain Management, Engineering, or a related field
  • Extensive technical knowledge of INSTRUMENTATION manufacturing processes.
  • Minimum 10 years of supply chain management experience with progressively more responsibility in aerospace or other regulatory controlled environment.
  • Minimum 2 years of supplier quality experience
  • Must be able to travel 25% - 50% of time and to remote sites
  • Experience in sourcing for both development and production
  • 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
  • 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

Desired:

  • Master’s degree in Business Administration, Supply Chain Management, Engineering, or a related field
  • Engineering background or strong technical experience with INSTRUMENTATION
  • 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
  • Experience with commercial programs and contracts

The expected salary range for the position is displayed in accordance with the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act. Final agreed upon compensation is based upon individual qualifications and experience. Estimated hourly wage (Colorado only): $113K- $169K

Export Control Regulations

Applicants for employment at Blue Origin must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (i.e. current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Blue Origin is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to attracting, retaining, and developing a highly qualified, diverse, and dedicated work force. Blue Origin hires and promotes people on the basis of their qualifications, performance, and abilities. We support the establishment and maintenance of a workplace that fosters trust, equality, and teamwork, in which all employees recognize and appreciate the diversity of individual team members. We provide all qualified applicants for employment and employees with equal opportunities for hire, promotion, and other terms and conditions of employment, regardless of their race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin/ethnicity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic factors, military/veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local law. Blue Origin will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable federal, state, and local laws. For more information on “EEO Is the Law,” please see here and here.

Blue Origin will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Washington Fair Chance Act, Los Angeles Fair Chance in Hiring Ordinance, and other applicable laws.

Affirmative Action and Disability Accommodation

Applicants wishing to receive information on Blue Origin’s Affirmative Action Plans, or applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in the application and/or interview process, please contact us at EEOCompliance@blueorigin.com.

Benefits

Employee Benefits include: Medical, dental, vision, basic and supplemental life insurance, short and long-term disability and 401(k) with up to 5% company match.

Paid Time Off: Provides up to 4 weeks per year, in addition to 14 holidays