Iridium Satellite

  • Global Supply Manager

    Job Locations US-AZ-Tempe
    Job ID 2020-1624
    Worker Category
    Regular Full-Time[F]
  • Company Overview

    Iridium is the only truly global voice and data satellite communications network that connects people, organizations, assets, government and relief agencies with “on-the-move” availability.  Together with its ecosystem of partners, Iridium delivers essential, reliable communications with an easy-to-integrate platform and service for improved efficiency.  With more than 20 years of experience, Iridium delivers the next-generation of connectivity, Iridium CertusSM - the most versatile global broadband service that satisifies the critical need to send and receive communications when traveling by land, sea or air.  For more information about Iridium products, services and partner solutions, visit

    Position Summary, Job Requirements & Responsibilities

    The Global Supply Manager supports our development teams and contract manufacturing partners in the sourcing of Direct Supply Chain components and parts and will be responsible for building and maintaining relationships with key personnel at our production facilities and suppliers. The position is also responsible for supporting the development, implementation and management of strategies to provide Iridium with optimal supply assurance, pricing, flexibility, quality and delivery performance. The Global Supply Manager will also monitor and maintain inventory of products according to demand requirements.


    In this role, the Global Supply Manager will build and leverage strong working relationships with our engineering teams and key suppliers to assure cost, quality, and delivery targets are met. This role will work toward creating and maintaining good supplier relationships and have total cost of ownership to achieve maximum advantage for Iridium and our customers.


    Duties and Responsibilities:


    Supplier Management

    • Responsible for cultivating and maintaining a strong Supply Chain relationship between Iridium and key suppliers.
    • Coordinates and supports communication flow between Sales & Operations Planning, Production, Engineering, Quality, and Materials organizations.
    • Works with contract manufacturing partners and suppliers in cost reduction, lead time, and performance issues.
    • Leads the supplier selection process with engineering teams.
    • Works with the Quality department and supports material returns to the supplier through the Non-Conformance process.
    • Owns RFQs and supplier quotes, ensuring all commercial terms are agreed and documented.

    Materials Management

    • Proactively plans and implements actions to assure on-time delivery; manages lead-times to internal and external customer expectations.
    • Responsible for Work in Process (WIP) inventory maintenance at supplier site and accuracy of all focus store items within assigned production areas; coordinates the disposition of nonconforming parts and products during the production process and the Returned Material Authorization (RMA) process.
    • Supports end of life (EOL) material management by determining last time buy requirements and working with engineering on identifying and qualifying replacements.

    Configuration Management Support

    • Receives and reviews design or internal documentation as part of the Engineering Change Order (ECO) review and approval process.
    • Reads and interprets engineering drawings and specifications to the extent necessary to support engineering change processes.

    NPI (New Product Introduction)

    • Responsible for Supply Chain deliverables related to Value Added Manufacturer (VAM) NPIs
    • Represents Supply Chain in all internal and supplier NPI meetings
    • Manages Manufacturing NPI checklist and provides status to schedule.

    Job Requirements:

    • Strong written and verbal presentation skills
    • Skilled negotiator
    • High degree of creativity, flexibility, and resourcefulness
    • Ability to multi-task, prioritize and work in an extremely fast-paced environment
    • Ability to manage complex projects and work with cross-functional team members within the organization, as well as with external suppliers
    • Self-motivated with critical thinking abilities
    • Ability to consistently exercise independent judgment and discretion in matters of significance
    • Team-oriented mentality and experience working as part of a team to achieve complex goals

    Experience & Education Requirements / EEO

    • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Supply Chain, Operations Management, or Engineering, or equivalent professional experience
    • 7 years' experience in Operations Planning and Management
    • Experience with board and box level contract manufacturing
    • Possess and apply a broad knowledge of Supply Management principles, practices, and procedures
    • APICS or related certification a plus
    • Ability to travel on occasion is required

    Iridium is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or status as a protected veteran. EOE of Minorities/Females/Vets/Disability and other protected categories.


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