Senior Supply Chain Manager in Charlottesville, VA at Austal

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Charlottesville, VA

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Austal shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR §§ 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin. Moreover, these regulations require that covered prime contractors and subcontractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status or disability.  Austal’s commitment to equal employment opportunity applies at all levels of employment, in all job titles, including the executive level, and to all employment actions, including but not limited to decisions concerning recruitment, hiring, training, and promotion. 

Austal USA Advanced Technologies: Innovative on Land, Exceptional at Sea.

Every day the team at Austal USA Advanced Technologies is tasked with developing solutions to address some of the US Navy’s most challenging problems. The team at Austal USA Advanced Technologies works to design and build the future of the US Navy’s fleet as the prime contractor on a program to integrate additive manufacturing and manufacturing automation into the US Navy submarine industrial base. Austal USA Advanced Technologies operates an Additive Manufacturing research and development facility in Charlottesville, VA and leads the Navy’s Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence in Danville, VA.

Austal USA has over 4,000 team members across the US and is among the nation’s fastest-growing shipbuilders, with over 13 programs under contract. In addition to Austal USA’s tri-hull Independence Class Littoral Combat Ship, catamaran-style Expeditionary Fast Transport ship, and the Navy’s most advanced Unmanned Surface Vessel, Austal USA has recently won contracts to build the US Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Cutter, US Navy’s Next Generation Emergency Medical Ship, and the US Navy TAGOS submarine hunting steel-hulled vessels among other awards. Austal USA is also building critical modules for the new Columbia Class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines

REPORTS TO: VP, Supply Chain Management

SUPERVISES:  Material Program Manager Sustainment, Material Program Financial Specialist, Material Program Lead, Material Program Coordinators

GENERAL PURPOSE AND SCOPE:  Leads Austal Advanced Technologies (AAT) SCM team including various functions of sourcing, delivery assurance, purchasing and material planning. The AAT supply chain team is responsible for the performance of its suppliers. For that reason, this position has direct responsibility for the SCM team’s performance including 100% on-time delivery, on-budget procurement costs and driving cost savings and delivered quality performance of the supply chain. This position supports material program management estimates at completion (EAC) reviews and material forecasting. This position interfaces vertically and horizontally across all functions within Austal and regularly interfaces with department leads and program leadership.


  • Manage and supervise the full supply chain operations for Austal Advanced Technologies. Responsible for material planning, sourcing (local to service centers) and make versus buy decisions. Subcontract management and logistics functions are cross matrixed to this position.
  • Assure the identification, development, and qualification of suppliers in sufficient capacity and capabilities. Responsible for cost, schedule, quality and technical performance of all Austal service suppliers.
  • Recommend new strategies, policies and procedures for continuously improved supply chain activities.
  • Using IFS fully, manage the material requirements planning (MRP) process to ensure sufficient inventory to meet all production/shipping requirements at lowest cost.
  • Oversee the implementation of a risk-based assessment of the supply chain and develop sourcing, procurement, and inventory management strategies to ensure continuity of supply for critical raw materials.
  • Monitor and continuously improve supplier performance and visit/audit suppliers as necessary.
  • Support make vs. buy recommendations
  • Supplier compliance management including but not limited to legal, ethical, and environmental compliance
  • Serve as the supply chain interface to the program and aligning integrated supply chain resources and solutions with the business needs.
  • Ensure timely issue resolution for program requirements and issues.
  • Ensure effective supplier execution in alignment with program reviews.
  • Represent supply chain and provide input at customer reviews, EAC reviews, program reviews, and risk and opportunity management
  • Identify, investigate and provide profitable/strategic solutions regarding potential risks/opportunities.
  • Supplier management, including forecasting, cost/schedule and quality management performance metrics, supplier assessments, sourcing strategies and proposal activity.
  • Drive cross functional engagements and collaborate with the program team
  • Develop and maintain a material program plan (MPP) and provide support to the business across the supply chain development, production and sustainment lifecycle
  • Communicate effectively and routinely on integrated supply chain performance to the program and executive team.
  • Responsible for development and calculation of non-labor costs including bill of material analysis, costing, and planning.
  • Other responsibilities include development of innovative cost models, providing material status, requisition review, and financial support for production management and the program office as needed.

Minimum Requirements:

  • BS degree in Engineering, Technology, Supply Chain Management, or Operations
  • Ten (10) years’ directly applicable experience in managing supply chain processes using integrated ERP systems and five (5) years managing personnel
  • Well versed in FAR/DFARS compliance requirements as applied to government contractor purchasing processes (e.g. SBSPs)
  • Experienced in analysis of and mitigation of risks on various contract terms and conditions
  • Long term agreement (LTA) development, negotiation, and closure with key suppliers
  • Familiar with vendor managed inventory systems
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite with near-expert skills in Excel

Desired Requirements:

  • Minimum requirements plus:
  • MBA with emphasis in Supply Chain Management
  • Certified Supply Chain Professional (APICS CSCP) or Certified Professional in Supply Management (ISM CPSM) credentials
  • Proficiency in EVMS software


 All candidates must meet Austal USA’s basic employment eligibility guidelines:

  • 18 years or older at time of application
  • Able to provide proof of US Person status (permanent resident or citizen)
  • No felony convictions of theft/deception or violent crimes within seven years from disposition date
  • No felony convictions of drug crimes within three years from disposition date
  • Willing to submit to a drug screen
  • Willing to submit to a background check


  • Computer
  • Multiple software applications (Microsoft Office, EVMS and more)

DIRECTION EXERCISED:  Full discretionary authority to assign work, supervise subordinate team members.

DISCRETION EXERCISED:  Full discretionary authority to correct, discipline and recommend pay increases.


  • Austal Executive Management
  • Corporate Executive Management
  • Senior Manager Purchasing, Procurement Managers, Buyers, and Supply Chain Compliance Coordinator
  • Senior Manager Logistics
  • Austal Cost Accountants and EVMS Accountants
  • Austal Control Account Managers
  • Government Program Office and Team EVMS representatives


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Must be able to tour all vessels and work sites.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, use hands to manipulate, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms, climb and balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to sit. 


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to humid conditions, bright flashing lights, moving mechanical parts, high precarious places, outside weather conditions, and extreme heat. The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes and/or airborne particles at or below the PEL, toxic or caustic chemicals, and heat and cold. The noise level in the work environment is usually very loud, + 90 dB.


Must comply with company, federal, state, and local safety and environmental rules and regulations while performing daily job tasks.