Head of Supply Chain

Los Angeles, California

ABL's Head of Supply Chain knows an on-time launch never happens without a strong relationship at every link in the vendor chain.

The Head of Supply Chain is responsible for architecting the network of vendors that feed ABL's production organization, interfacing directly with vendors to asses strengths and build a personal relationships. By gaming multiple "what if" cases, the Head of Supply Chain forms strategies and defenses around critical parts of the chain to protect on-time commitments to ABL's customers. The Head of Supply Chain will make sure supply chain considerations are well understood throughout the design phase of vehicle development.

Responsibilities

Work with design engineers to find the appropriate vendors for parts and assemblies

Interface with vendors to assess their strengths, weaknesses and viability

Map the supply chain and clearly define lead times, costs and risks (to include software selection for the task)

Identify supply chain constraints and work with design engineers to optimize the vehicle for the supply chain

Recruit and build the overall supply chain team

Near Term Responsibilities
Medium-Term Growth Path
Basic Qualifications

Bachelor's degree

5+ years experience setting up and managing complex supply chains

Preferred Skills and Experience

10+ years working in supply chain management

Leadership experience running a commercial supply chain with 5+ direct reports

Experience with machining operations commonly utilized with aerospace components (multi-axis CNC, EDM, plating, forgings, sheet metal, fasteners, harnessing)

Engineering experience  

Technical writing

Experience standing up a supply chain from a blank slate and comfort with ambiguous project scope

Additional Requirements

The Head of Supply Chain must be willing to travel to vendors to develop relationships and assess viability.

What We Look For

Beyond technical prowess, ABL focuses on the following candidate characteristics. Tangible examples are the best way to highlight these during the evaluation process.

1. Critical thinking: ABL engineers understand the "why" behind all design decisions, operational events and test outcomes.  

2. Ability to deal with ambiguity: there is no roadmap and ABL engineers must be comfortable defining their own pathway to an objective. 

3. End-to-end ownership: projects are delivered fully complete and ready for flight; there is no one to pick up the slack of partially complete work. 

ITAR Requirement

This position requires access to information protected under US export control laws, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations and/or the Export Administration Regulations.  As such, US person status (including US citizens, permanent residents, asylees, and refugees) is a required qualification for this position.

Non-Discrimination

We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, genetics, or citizenship status (when otherwise legally authorized to work and access export-controlled data) and will not be discriminated against on the basis of such characteristics or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. We encourage applicants of all ages.

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