DRS Technologies Inc. Material Program Manager in Johnstown, United States

Leonardo DRS, Inc.

Leonardo DRS is a leading supplier of integrated products, services and support to military forces, intelligence agencies and prime contractors worldwide. Focused on defense technology, we develop, manufacture and support a broad range of systems for mission critical and military sustainment requirements, as well as homeland security.

Headquartered in Arlington, VA, the Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Leonardo S.p.A. which employs more than 47,000 people worldwide. We offer a competitive compensation package and a business culture which rewards performance. Leonardo DRS is committed to being an employer of choice of a highly qualified, diverse, effective, and productive workforce.

For additional information on Leonardo DRS, please visit our website at www.leonardodrs.com.

Company Overview

DRS Naval Electronics is a collection of Lines of Businesses and Centers of Excellence driven to be the U.S Navy's Leading provider of electronics products, subsystems, systems and integrated solutions, and expand into adjacent markets. Naval Electronics site locations span across the continental United States

and include Johnstown, PA, Largo, FL, Chesapeake, VA, Twin Cities, MN, Germantown, MD, Washington, DC, and San Diego, CA

Job Location

Johnstown, PA; Largo, FL; or San Diego, CA


Material Program Manager

Position Summary

The Supply Chain Material Program Manager is responsible for providing overall leadership and guidance to an organization that ensures components and services are delivered to Leonardo DRS production factory sites to support production needs, at optimal efficiency. This position has a particularly heavy emphasis on working with the supply chain function in sourcing of high value COTS (commercial off the shelf) items in the IT processing, storage, and switching domains for US Navy surface and subsurface programs. This individual must work effectively in a fast moving, dynamic business environment to understand program level schedule, cost, and business requirements and manifest these requirements into an integrated and cohesive direction to a material planning organization and supply chain function. Ensuring timely and high integrity proposals, planning of materials and procurement is paramount to successful business execution. An understanding of the critical aspects of production material demand planning and scheduling of a project are required. Experience in the overall proposal and procurement process in a DoD environment is desired. This position will manage a team of material planners to deploy inventory strategies, be responsible for product change and associated material planning implications, manage and solve exceptions, and work with purchasing to drive supplier execution. This role involves critical monitoring and management of supply and constraints, status reporting and escalation, supplier engagement and the relentless pursuit of operation excellence and continuous improvement. Ability to synthesize and clearly articulate programmatic needs and challenges along with cross-functional engagement within Leonardo DRS operations to enable successful program execution and delivery of finished goods is critical to success.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Becomes and integrated and valued member of a business team to develop and clearly communicate integrated plans to ensure successful execution and management of materials and suppliers

  • Ensures the overall execution of material on schedule and on budget for a business area

  • Develop and lead a team of capable material planners that:

o Analyze and ensure accuracy and completeness of bills of material.

o Create and deploy supplied material requirements to the purchasing function via MRP to achieve production, inventory, and cost objectives. Ensure material demands for all projects within assigned area of responsibility are supported appropriately.

o Manage planning system parameters and master data to optimally reflect supply chain leadtimes and abilities as well as factory requirements.

o Proactively management long lead material items and other schedule and cost risks related to materials.

o Analyze system data and supplier PO status to deliver material clear-to-build status, material coverage, run-out reports and other analyses as needed. Provide data-driven decision support to the broader organization through what-if and scenario planning.

o Analyze and manage performance to material budgets by working closely with finance and supply chain in the material EAC (estimate at complete) process.

o Manage engineering changes to minimize obsolete inventory and ensure continuous supply.

  • Partner with Planning, Supply Chain Purchasing, and other business stakeholders on planning process and system improvements.

Travel Requirement

  • 25% - 40% domestic travel required

Basic Qualifications

  • 5+ years’ experience in DoD program and/or materials management

  • Knowledge of DoD FAR procurement regulations

  • At least 5 years’ experience in a production manufacturing operation utilizing a flagship MRP/ERP system such as Oracle, SAP, etc.

  • Bachelors or Masters in Supply Chain, Finance, Industrial Engineering and/or equivalent experience and evidence of ability. CPIM or APIC training is a plus.

  • Knowledge of MRP/ERP with a solid understanding of electronics and/or electr-mechanical assembly operations, bills of material, demand material planning, and the supply chain purchasing process.

  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills in developing, implementing, and assessing key operational and financial metrics. Strong critical thinking and resolution skills in ambiguous situations.

  • Ability to evaluate and analyze data to enable operational decision-making or present clear recommendations to leadership.

  • Demonstrated skills to effectively collaborate in a face-paced, cross-functional environment including program management, engineering, planning, quality, purchasing, finance, and general management.

  • Passionate and high energy, with the diplomacy and cooperative style necessary to positively influence others.

  • Ability to write, speak, and present effectively and persuasively.

  • Ability to work independently on multiple tasks and projects in a dynamic, fast-paced environment. Flexibility and adaptability are key skills for success.

  • Detail oriented and organized.

Leonardo DRS, Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates are equal opportunity employers and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. #NEL