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Sierra Nevada Corporation | SNC Sierra Nevada Corporation | SNC

Supplier Program Manager I

  •  Posted 30 Days Ago
  •   Full time
  •  Madison, WI
  •  R0008931

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) is a world-class prime systems integrator of aircraft, space and electronic systems and is known for its rapid, innovative, and agile technology solutions. SNC is seeking a Program Supplier Manager (PSM) to manage the overall cost, schedule, technical performance and risk of key suppliers that are providing products and services to SNC. This role has significant managerial influence on several program functions. The PSM is responsible for total supplier performance, and all subcontracts, agreements and orders on given major programs or portions of programs as well establishing comprehensive material business plans, forecasts and strategies. The PSM represents the Procurement function and is accountable to the Program Office to align supplier performance with program and business goals. The PSM is a key member of the program management team with accountability to the Program Manager for supplier performance including cost, schedule and technical. The PSM reports to the Procurement Management organization and ensures that supplier contractual requirements are met. The successful candidate will have experience leading supplier management teams, selecting suppliers, and partnering with product management, engineering, operations, quality, legal, and finance to manage supplier program execution. Negotiation techniques and nuanced messaging are required.


  • Ensures delivery of supplier content that meet technical, quality, cost, and schedule requirements
  • Maintains budget authority for supplier content with accountability to the program manager; executes supplier contractual actions through warranted supply chain professionals in Procurement
  • Coordinates the activities of Program Management, Procurement, Supplier Quality Management, and other functions to establish and execute the supplier management plan. Identifies, mitigates and proactively identifies and resolves risks/issues to ensure all work products meet cost, schedule and technical requirements; forecasts demand and creates sourcing priorities for Procurement
  • Supports SNC proposal team to ensure supplier inputs and supplier proposals line up with objectives of SNC proposals to the customers, also is an active member of CCB/MRB/FRB for supplier-related content
  • Timely and thorough development, release, and maintenance of Statement of Work (SOW), Procurement Specification, SDRL drawings, interface control documents, software requirement documents, test plans/procedures, quality requirements, terms and conditions, payment terms, milestone payment plans, data and hardware deliverable requirements, and project/deliverable schedules
  • Reviews and approves all technical evaluations prior to submitting to supplier and leads the team in managing, storing and evaluating all data deliverables for compliance/completeness
  • Develops, maintains & reports supplier portion of product cost model that includes Non-Recurring Engineering, Prototypes, Qualification, Certification, Production & Sustainment costs
  • Lead supplier proposal development, release and evaluation including cost, technical and schedule.  Assist fact-finding and negotiations.  Ensures alignment of supplier payments with the program cash flow
  • Defines, establishes and maintains reporting requirements for relevant performance metrics.  Presents status to various audiences including program management, subcontracts/procurement executive management and/or Corporate Vice Presidents
  • Ensures compliance with applicable policies/procedures/processes/instructions as well as any SNC specific policies/procedures/instructions required for employment and company performance


  • Responsible for thoughtful adherence to all SNC Policies, Procedures, and Compliance regulations (internal and external)
  • Responsible for timely execution of all personnel-related activities such as Time Sheet completion, Performance Evaluations (Anniversary and Annual), Salary Reviews, Succession Planning, etc.
  • Responsible for leadership oversight and for ensuring Department/Team training

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:•Minimum physical requirements to perform all duties and responsibilities, as defined by management

  • SNC job descriptions are meant as summarizations only. They do not necessarily reflect all duties and responsibilities of a position


  • Acts as the primary interface between program office and Procurement•Manages supplier technical, quality, cost, and schedule performance to subcontract requirements
  • May provide technical direction and guidance within the scope of the subcontract in coordination with Subcontracts


  • Accountable to program PM/IPT for overall supplier performance in support of program requirements, goals, and objectives
  • Accountable to Procurement for adherence to sanctioned processes and procedures
  • Responsible for timely execution of all direct report personnel-related activities such as Time Sheet completion, Performance Evaluations, Salary Reviews, Succession Planning, etc
  • Other duties as assigned
  • SNC job descriptions are meant as summarizations only. They do not necessarily reflect all duties of a position


  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited University or College
  • 10+ years’ experience in efforts similar to those outlined above including program management, engineering management, operations management, technical management, project management, subcontracts and/or contracts management, supply chain management & business management
  • Knowledge of program management and subcontract management techniques including procurement regulatory requirements; thorough knowledge of cost & schedule analysis; ability to engage with supplier executives
  • Approximately 25% travel on average, with extensive travel from time to time


  • MBA or technical/business related master’s degree combined with technical or operations related undergraduate degree
  • 5-10+ yrs of supply chain/operations/engineering focused program/project management in high tech product markets
  • Experience working in aircraft, aerospace, electronics, software and/or other high tech industries
  • Experience in multiple phases of product cycle to include prototyping, development, qualification, certification, LRIP (Low Rate Initial Production), FRP (Full Rate Production) and Sustainment
  • Experience with Risk and Opportunity Management, EVMS, ERP/MRP, Gate Reviews
  • Experience with space systems, satellites, space payloads/components, rocket motors, rocket thrusters, or space-based sensors


  • To conform to U.S. Government export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.