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Supplier Performance Manager (SPM)

Supply chain Cincinnati , Ohio , United States Permanent Full-time Bachelor's Degree More than 5 years

Job Description

1.1. Measuring and communicating performance
The SPM is expected to measure the performance of the suppliers in his/her portfolio. The SPM shall be knowledgeable about the performance, which should be formally communicated to the suppliers and the internal team.
In particular, the SPM will:
- Broadcast regular performance Score Cards
- Ensure that management, especially at the supplier is aware of performance issues.
- Link the supplier performance to the contractual obligations and calculate penalties or claim when applicable.
- Implement relevant logistic and quality KPIs with the suppliers to anticipate performance problems.
1.2. Recovering non performance
The SPM is expected to lead and coordinates the actions to recover the supplier performance to the expected levels (often defined in the contracts). The SPM is expected to visit the supplier frequently to support the performance recovery efforts.
In particular, the SPM will:
1. Characterize the consequences of supplier performance to the downstream supply chain (including Safran assembly line and customers)
2. Define, with the supplier and the Safran team, at the appropriate management level, an action plan to contain and recover nonperformance
3. Use the contracts to incentivize the supplier to promptly recover. Manage, in coordination with the commercial teams, the claim process when it is relevant.
1.3. Assessing and preventing risks of non-performance
The SPM is responsible in identifying and mitigating risks that the suppliers in his / her portfolio will fail to perform at the expected levels. It will be done with different analysis and by regularly visiting the suppliers' manufacturing locations.
In particular, the SPM will:
1. Lead regular risks analysis with the supplier, including load versus capacity assessment, new products industrialization risks … Those analysis are formally presented by Safran leaders and the suppliers General Managers.
2. Build, with the supplier, a Business Continuity Plan to mitigate occurrence and impacts of major events (fire, flood, explosion …)
3. Manage a plan to reduce supplier risks of nonperformance (reduce occurrence and impact)
4. Define a visit and audit plan, tailored to each supplier
1.4. Coordinating the Safran team
The SPM is expected to coordinate the Safran internal team working with the suppliers (including: planner, quality engineer, purchaser, industrialization leaders). The coordination shall be done at the operation and management levels and will include meeting rituals (yearly, monthly, weekly…) with or without the suppliers.
1.5. Development
The SPM is expected to contribute to continuous improvements of Safran and of his/her Suppliers' portfolio. The SPM will rely on the Lean/6 sigma tools to implement action that will:
- increase suppliers production robustness (shorten lead-times, reduce scrap)
- reduce production costs and therefore products prices
- reduce suppliers and Safran carbon footprint

Complementary Description

2. Support activities
As a local representative of Safran Aircraft Engines, the role of the North American SPM is also to support other Safran locations (especially from France) to be in contact with the suppliers. As a result, the SPM tasks might punctually extend beyond his/her standard activities.

4. Integration within Safran
The SPM will report to a North American SPM Manager. He will also interact with one or several commodity SPM Manager, based in France and integrated in Safran Aircraft Engines purchasing organization.

Job Requirements

Experience and Skills:

Applicants must hold either a Bachelor of Science (M.S.) or a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA). A plus if you have a Master of Science (M.S.) or a Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Applicants must have 5 years minimum of previous relevant experience.
• Business Skills:
The applicants must have at least one the below experience in an industrial environment (preferred Aerospace or automotive):
- Experienced in operation management
- Experienced in Supply Chain management
- Experienced in project management
The applicants must be familiar with the LEAN principles (preferred Green Belt certified).
The applicants must be able to manipulate data and be efficient in Excel.

Specificity of the job

Overall the SPM is expected to spend ~30% of his/her time visiting suppliers.

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Safran is an international high-technology group, operating in the aviation (propulsion, equipment and interiors), defense and space markets. Its core purpose is to contribute to a safer, more sustainable world, where air transport is more environmentally friendly, comfortable and accessible. Safran has a global presence, with 76,800 employees and sales of 15,3 billion euros in 2021 and holds, alone or in partnership, world or regional leadership positions in its core markets. Safran undertakes research and development programs to maintain the environmental priorities of its R&T and innovation roadmap.

Safran was ranked as the world's third best employer in its sector by Forbes magazine in 2021.

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