Date Posted
05 Feb 2020

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We are Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions (CAES), a technologically advanced electronics company employing more than 3,600 talented makers, thinkers, innovators, and doers nationwide. We build things that solve challenging problems from deep space to the depths of the ocean. We serve customers in defense, aerospace, security, medical, and industrial markets.

Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions is seeking a Vice President of Supply Chain Management. This role reports directly to the CAES Sector Vice President of Operations and Supply Chain and will be responsible for leading Strategic Sourcing, Supplier Quality, Supplier Development, Supply Chain Management, Master Scheduling and Planning across the six Business Areas that comprise CAES.  This role leads and directs the Supply Chain function to ensure operational preparedness and responsiveness to new markets, new capabilities and products, as well as expansion of current business, while exemplifying exceptional leadership qualities to develop the internal team.

Efforts will primarily focus on directing the development, communication and sustainment of an effective vision, strategy and organizational plan for Supply Chain Management.  This includes establishing short and long range strategic goals to ensure that company policies and standards are applied and adoptions of best practices occur across the sites.  Successful leadership of Supply Chain Management has an extreme significance to the overall success of the organization.  Recommendations and decisions will need to ensure optimal performance on company projects in the area of time, human resources, customer satisfaction, appropriate funding levels, achievement of metrics, and key operational and financial measures.

The individual hired into this role will be responsible for crafting the right Supply Chain organizational structure. While building collaborative relationships, the individual will strongly underpin the optimization of the function across CAES to include innovative operations methodologies, while allocating resources to meet delivery and customer requirements.  In addition, this individual will establish the required management systems and provide strong leadership to ensure the effective performance throughout Operations, closely monitoring and adhering to cost, working capital, schedule KPIs, and implementing corrective actions as necessary.

This role will be based remotely and location is flexible, with moderate travel between sites required.


  • Ensure the talent mix and organizational construct is optimal to procure goods and services from suppliers on schedule and within authorized cost levels, at the highest quality.
  • Span of control involves strategic sourcing to tactical supply chain operations and includes direct reports in strategic sourcing, supplier quality, supplier development, and solid line responsibilities for tactical supply chain operations at the sites.
  • Through liaison with site Operations and Program Management, direct and execute supplier management strategies to ensure on-time delivery of parts with highest quality and lowest cost, thereby meeting all commitments relating to deliveries, quality and cost, including make and buy decisions.
  • Support the site SIOP processes to improve strategic planning of inventory, utilization of factory resources, and drive integrated executive alignment to improve customer satisfaction, market share, and profit.
  • Ensure compliance with the Quality Management System (QMS) in line with required QA regulations.
  • Develop and meet budgets. Improve financial performance through inventory management/reduction, favorable payment terms and leveraging spent across the sector to meet working capital objectives.
  • Develop and understand the drivers of material costs as a percentage of revenue.  Develop new means to reduce costs while maintaining business objectives.
  • Create new, or modify existing, business practices and processes to address the dynamics of an evolving organization to the benefit of the Sector’s growth.
  • Foster Continuous Improvement activities within the Supply Chain function, in concert with CI teams.
  • Assess present and future needs, trends, problems, and profit opportunities for the Sector.  Drive the Supply Chain organization to help achieve 100% customer satisfaction, on-time-to-promise deliveries, and product quality.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with other CAES senior leaders and their functional areas.  In addition, keeping the site VP/GM informed of critical issues.
  • Develop successors for senior organizational positions and work with local management to ensure a robust talent pipeline and career pathing, while proactively addressing capabilities of the strategic talent pool.
  • Foster effective relationships cross-functionally, at all levels, to optimize collaboration and communication, strengthen employee engagement, and enhance the work environment across the Sector.
Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelors degree in business or a technical field 
  • 10+ years of Supply Chain and Procurement experience in a manufacturing environment to include a thorough understanding and application of FARS/DFARS and government procurement standards
  • 5+ years of people leadership experience 
  • Lean certification OR experience having led Lean/Kaizen events

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Supply Chain certifications such as CSCP and CPIM
  • Mechanical or electrical engineering experience
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Strong proposal experience in commercial and DoD applications
  • ERP implementation experience

About Us:
Founded in 1934 by aviation innovator Sir Alan Cobham, our values of Trust, Talent and Technology have driven us to become a global leader in state-of-the-art aerospace and defense systems. It's the insights of our innovators today that will secure our collective future. Innovators like you!

If you are authorized to work in the United States, then we encourage you to apply.  We are unable to sponsor work visas.  U.S. Citizenship required for positions requiring a Security Clearance.

Cobham is one of the world's leading companies engaged in the development, delivery and support of leading-edge aerospace and defense systems in the air, on land and at sea. Our clients and partners trust Cobham to deliver the mission-critical technology they need, and we trust our employees to draw on their ingenuity and passion to deliver those solutions. This leads to an empowering culture for our people. Our Leadership team is open, sharing plans for the next five years, driving retention by offering demanding, exciting work, and providing full guidance and mentoring.

Employment Transparency:
Cobham is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and embraces diversity in our employee population. It is the policy of Cobham to provide equal opportunity to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or genetic information. Cobham will refrain from discharging, or otherwise discriminating against, employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants.

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