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Supplier Development Specialist

Requisition ID:  96440
Business Unit:  Airframe Systems Akron Group (3005)

Akron, OH, United States, 44306

Innovation is at the heart of everything we do at Meggitt, a worldwide leader in aerospace, defense and selected energy markets. We believe in our vision of ‘Enabling the Extraordinary: To Fly, To Power, To Live”. These core values – teamwork, integrity and excellence – are what have allowed us to become the company we are today. With facilities and over 9,000 employees worldwide, Meggitt draws on over 160 years of expertise to enhance the lives of people across the globe.

Our Airframe Systems division brings together an extensive range of skills and abilities to support some of the world’s leading commercial, business and military aircraft manufacturers.

Across its five product groups, Airframe Systems produces a host of world leading technology. Our Braking Systems product group supplies both military and commercial aircrafts.

We seal essential spaces, such as landing gear, wings, engines, nacelles, windows and doors, and produce intelligent air data systems and sensors that measure altitude, angle or acceleration. These sensors can be used on planes, train control systems or even missile control systems.

Whether it’s developing new radome solutions, fuel delivery systems or high-altitude life support systems, Airframe Systems embodies the innovation at the heart of Meggitt.

Job Designation

The Supplier Development Specialist (SDS) will identify and drive projects to improve supplier delivery performance within the Supply Chain in order to provide benefits to Meggitt. The SDS activities will include managing systemic supplier performance issues and focusing on root cause and corrective action.  The SDS will regularly visit suppliers and develop relationships while discussing open delivery schedule status. Ensuring supplier rate readiness to meet Meggitt demand will also be an important part of the role. This will require in depth supplier capacity reviews and identifying actions if capacity does not support demand. The role will support Meggitt’s aim to achieve 100% customer OTD.

Job Core Responsibilities

  • Ensure supplier open delivery schedules have been validated and commitments align with Meggitt requirements. Monitor supplier scorecard performance to identify proactively where on-site support will be required.
  • Identify root causes for on-going poor delivery performance and identify plans to improve supplier OTIF.
  • Review and manage supplier capacity analysis and rate readiness to ensure clear actions are identified both short-term and long term to achieve Meggitt demand.
  • Ensure weekly and/or daily status reports are issued internally and externally as needed to identify current status and ongoing improvement actions. There will also be a requirement to schedule meetings and provide presentations with clear structure.
  • Proactively review supplier processes with Meggitt. Identify areas for improvements and then drive improvements identified. This could be how often Meggitt issues PO schedules and how supplier responds to confirm schedules, accuracy and/or frequency of Meggitt forecasts, general communication between Meggitt and the supplier or any other process that is causing poor supplier OTIF.
  • Flexible and prepared to travel on a regular basis, 25%-50% depending on criticality of issues.

Job Specifications

Education: Bachelor degree in Business, Operations or Supply Chain Management required.

Certifications: APIC CPIM and/or CSCP preferred

Years' Experience: Minimum 5 years’ Purchasing/Operations experience in a manufacturing environment. Prefer 10+ years’ Supply Chain Planning experience. Aerospace and defense related experience preferred.    


  • Understanding of various processes in a manufacturing setting related to Planning/Scheduling, workflow, bottlenecks, etc.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Supply Chain Improvement with the capability of implementing current Supply Chain techniques.
  • Highly organized and excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work in multi-functional teams that include Suppliers, Meggitt sites and/or Meggitt Customers.
  • High level of professionalism, sense of urgency, strong attention to detail and excellent multitasking skills.
  • Adheres to deadlines, ability to work under pressure and effectively communicates at all levels within the Meggitt and supplier organizations.
  • Thorough working knowledge of problem solving tools and techniques.
  • Strong understanding and proven experience of influencing end-to-end Supply Chains and overall business performance.
  • Experience working within and developing the usage and capability of ERP systems (SAP preferred).
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, and web-browsers.


Meggitt is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

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