Mgr Supplier Performance Mgmt 3 Linthicum, MD

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Job Description

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems Sector is seeking a Supplier Performance Management Manager 3 to join the sector Supplier Performance Management (SPM) team in Linthicum, MD.

As a key leader of the SPM team, this division and site lead collaborates closely with the division Quality & Mission Excellence and GSC leadership to provide strategic thought leadership and preventive solutions to ensure the quality of procured material and services. Qualified candidates will have demonstrated success leading broad organization changes within cost and schedule while achieving internal customer expectations and focusing on organizational and team success. The position requires a solution-based orientation, unwavering ethics and values, and the demonstrated ability to be a trusted partner.

Roles and responsibilities include:

  • Engage in Program Capture and Kickoff activities to identify supplier quality risk in program sourcing plans, influence sourcing strategy to include capable suppliers and to identify risk mitigation strategies to minimize impact of poor supplier quality.

  • Collaborate with Program Quality to ensure appropriate quality requirements for programs are identified and flowed down to suppliers via purchasing documents.

  • Coordinate with SPM Field Quality Engineering team to ensure program risk mitigation strategies are executed in conjunction with key program schedule milestones.

  • Collaborate with GSC, Manufacturing and Program organizations to identify and understand supplier quality issues identified in receiving inspection and on the factory floor. Collaborate with all stakeholders to drive suppliers to sustained Root Cause & Corrective Action.

  • Work with program personnel to ensure adequate funding is identified for Supplier Quality risk mitigation and product validation activities; monitor Supplier Quality team activities to ensure consistency with spend plan.

  • Frequently interface with division executives and customer representatives concerning supplier quality risks, mitigation plans, and issue resolution.

  • Collaborate with Division Global Supply Chain teams to ensure critical supplier are identified and the appropriate quarterly quality performance feedback (Supplier Assessments (SAMS) or SAP Scorecards) is accurate and communicated.

  • Sets the strategy to improve overall supplier performance through implementation of the Supplier Performance Management Process and ensure supplier quality

  • Use data-driven processes to measure supplier quality performance, mitigation of risk and to lead continuous improvement processes

  • Promote the professional development of the SPM team and foster a collaborative culture that sustains the momentum around employee engagement and inclusion, affordability, innovation, value growth and continuous improvement.

  • Establish and monitor Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) at a Division Level to identify and pursue systemic improvement opportunities.

  • Provide clear assignments, help employees connect their efforts to the bigger picture, create an inclusive work environment characterized by mutual respect and the valuing of differences, and build a culture that motivates employees to their highest levels of performance.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree

  • 9+ years in Program or Project Management, Quality, Mission Assurance, Manufacturing, Global Supply Chain, Operations, Business Management, or Engineering.

  • 5+ years of experience managing and/or leading teams.

  • Demonstrated understanding of the program / product lifecycle in the areas of supply chain management, receiving operations, inventory control, production control, product test & evaluation, root cause analysis, product sell off, shipping and product support as they apply to quality.

  • Excellent communication and problem solving skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with ISO 9001 / AS9100 Quality Management System certification process.

  • Master's degree in an engineering or management field.

  • Defense Industry experience as a Program or Project Manager, Quality Manager, Supplier Quality Manager, Supply Chain Manager, Engineering Manager or Manufacturing Management

  • Lean / Six Sigma Green or Black Belt certification to drive continuous improvement.

  • Demonstrated ability to apply strong analytical skills.

  • Current, active clearance above Secret, or ability to acquire a Department of Defense Top Secret clearance.


Salary Range: $153,000 - $229,400

Employees may be eligible for a discretionary bonus in addition to base pay. Annual bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results. Employees in Vice President or Director positions may be eligible for Long Term Incentives. In addition, Northrop Grumman provides a variety of benefits including health insurance coverage, life and disability insurance, savings plan, Company paid holidays and paid time off (PTO) for vacation and/or personal business.

The health and safety of our employees and their families is a top priority . The company encourages employees to remain up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations. U.S. Northrop Grumman employees may be required, in the future, to be vaccinated or have an approved disability/medical or religious accommodation, pursuant to future court decisions and/or government action on the currently stayed federal contractor vaccine mandate under Executive Order 14042 .

Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit . U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.

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