Director of Supply Chain Management


Lemont Furnace, PA, US, 15456

Advanced Acoustic Concepts, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary Thales Defense & Security Inc., is a technical leader in the fields of sonar systems, sonar signal processing, acoustic training systems, and open architecture system and software integration. The venture focuses on emerging areas in the undersea warfare domain where the customer has identified mission-critical needs. For additional information about Advanced Acoustic Concepts, please visit our website at:


 Job Location: Lemont Furnace, PA (Relocation package to PA area)


 Title: Director of Supply Chain Management


Position Summary: Ensure overall direction for Supply Chain (Strategic Supply Management and Procurement, and may include adjacent functions such as planning, warehousing and logistics) while creating and implementing a vision for continual improvement of procurement processes at a detailed level as well as higher organizational level. Work with others to establish methodologies to resolve process issues.


Primary & Essential Accountabilities:   

  • Ensure overall direction for Supply Chain (Strategic Supply Management and Procurement, that includes adjacent functions such as planning, warehousing and logistics) while creating and implementing a vision for continual improvement of procurement processes at a detail level as well as higher organizational levels.
  • Work with others to establish methodologies to resolve process issues.
  • Ensure processes comply with Government, Corporate and Company requirements.
  • Manage a multi-discipline team.
  • Foster the professional development of entry-level personnel and interns through on-the-job training, consultation, and mentorship.
  • Assist in developing and implementing strategy for assigned area of responsibility.
  • Monitor metrics and take action as appropriate.
  • Communicate and clarify departmental goals and metrics.
  • Lead the efforts to update the monthly non-labor receipt forecasts and supply chain labor forecasts in support of AAC’s corporate financial KPIs.
  • Responsible for ensuring monthly budgets are not exceeded; take action to realign to plan if budgets are exceeded.
  • Review placement to requisition need date and length of time in purchasing.
  • Advise planning, engineering and contracts of changes in prices or lead times that make and produce cost-prohibitive or lead times detrimental to production cycles.
  • Manage the process to maintain and follow up with AAC’s qualified suppliers in regard to open purchase orders and prospective orders
  • Expedite critical components to ensure on-time deliveries.
  • Lead material proposal efforts and assist team members through identifying alternate parts, manufacturers & suppliers via internet searches & networking, conducting make versus buy decisions, ensuring adequate safety stocks/spares are ordered and maintained, and consulting with suppliers to determine product specifications.
  • Utilize company ERP system to execute supply chain related actions, as well as create and prepare reports based on material data.
  • Manage the supplier qualification and evaluation process.
  • Coordinate with Engineering and Quality on a team approach to supplier assessments and approval.
  • Respond to material inquiries/issues from the receiving department.
  • Manage the efforts to provide technical input and labor projections for production proposal efforts and material cost input for all proposal efforts.
  • Create cost bills of material for proposal efforts using technical data package. Read and interpret engineering drawings, parts lists, and production bills of material to make more informed proposal bid decisions and establish potential ordering requirements.
  • Hold material pricing kick-off meetings with the Supply Chain Team after the initial Kick-Off held by the Proposal Manager
  • Support efforts to ensure AAC maintains its Approved Contractor Purchasing System status, including leading the monitoring of AAC’s purchasing system & preparations for DCMA Contractor Purchasing System Reviews (CPSR)
  • Actively participate and lead discussion in weekly internal status reviews and supply chain meetings
  • Participate in ISO audits, resolve problem tickets, and develop/implement supply chain process improvements.
  • Look for creative ways to improve purchasing ability to make contributions to the company’s goals.
  • Improve understanding of purchasing relationship to the overall company plans and strategy.
  • Research and analyze costing information for cost reduction.
  • Work independently to complete assigned tasks on time and within budget.
  • Enforce company and department policies and procedures.
  • Support, communicate and defend the mission, values and culture of the company.


Basic Qualifications:

  • 10+ years of relevant experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, supply chain management, or business with a minimum of 10 years demonstrated experience in high technology, aerospace or defense or equivalent experience.
  • Expert knowledge of supply chain management tools and procedures
  • Expert leadership and management skills, particularly “influence management” and “conflict resolution”
  • Significant experience throughout the product lifecycle from New Product Introduction through obsolescence to include generation of system and subsystem statements of work and subcontracts, strategic supplier selection, risk management, and continuous improvement efforts including implementation for cost reduction and performance improvement efforts.
  • Experience with earned value cost accounting and reporting; experience with metrics for assessing and reporting programs and/or commodity progress, productivity and variance analysis.
  • Experience in finance, contracting, export regulations, engineering, logistics, manufacturing and DoD, ITAR, EAR, FAR, DFAR regulations.
  • Experience with and knowledge of ERP/MRP systems (Deltek Costpoint preferred)
  • Experience supporting preparation, conduct & finding closure for DCMA Contractor Purchasing System Reviews (CPSR)
  • Superior customer interface skills
  • Expert problem-solving skills
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Demonstrated success in managing manpower planning, program reviews, scheduling and budget control.
  • Must have a successful track record in managing complex aerospace/defense supply chain activities
  • Must have excellent leadership and oral and written communication skills.
  • Professional certification highly preferred


 Physical Requirements

  • Lifting (up to 0-20 lbs.): up to 0-25% of time
  • Walking: up to 0-25% of time
  • Climbing, Bending, Standing, Stooping: up to 0-10% of time
  • Sitting: up to 0-75% of time
  • Travel: up to 0-10% of time


We offer a full spectrum of benefits including healthcare benefits, paid time off, holidays, tuition assistance, life insurance, short/long term disability and other insurance plans, subject to eligibility or requirements. Eligible employees may enroll in the Company's 401(k) retirement savings plan, which includes a matching percentage. This position is also eligible for a bonus plan in addition to the base pay range listed above.


The current schedule for this position is:

  • 9/80 work schedule, every other Friday off


Advanced Acoustic Concepts, LLC is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by law. AAC is an E-Verify employer.


Our Mission

Innovation Enabled, Mission Focused. 

Core Values

The Company values the talent, experience and diversity of its employees and seeks to foster a culture that is open, honest, fair, and equitable. We strive to accomplish this through adherence to our core values of Integrity, Quality, Customer Focus, Innovation, and Diversity & Inclusion.

INTEGRITY: As a people of integrity, we firmly adhere to codes of conduct and ethical principles, and strive to do what is right. We value a culture of trust, honesty, and respect. We demand ethical thinking and conduct, whereby ethics and accountability always come first.

Quality: We set high standards of performance for ourselves and others to consistently deliver excellent products and services. We adhere to quality levels demanded by our customers and assume responsibility and accountability to achieve excellence.

CUSTOMER FOCUS: We work to create ongoing and mutually beneficial long-term relationships with customers based on trust. We go above and beyond to meet customer needs and strive to exceed their expectations.

INNOVATION: We believe in investing in innovation that makes a positive impact through our technology and products. We continue to foster an environment that rewards innovation and effective change.

DIVERSITY & INCLUSION:  We continually foster an environment that values different points of view and enables all employees to contribute to their full potential. We cooperate together as a diverse workforce serving a diverse population.

Nearest Major Market: Pittsburgh