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Supply Chain Specialist


The Supply Chain Specialist is responsible for performing wide array of duties to support efficient Supply Chain operations for FDS Avionics, including but not limited to the areas of purchasing, vendor management, forecasting and reporting and analysis. 

Purchasing responsibilities:

  • Receives, reviews, and processes purchase requisitions, ensures compliance with company policies and procedures.
  • Execute all product purchases to suppliers based on demand, with a focus on maintaining high service levels and reducing costs.
  • Maintains accurate Purchase Order information in the ERP system (Syspro).
  • Execute purchase order revisions as needed, evaluating the impact of changes and communicating updates to necessary parties.
  •    Communicates with cross-functional teams, providing purchasing knowledge and technical assistance to ensure compliance with standardized purchasing procedures.
    • Follows up with requestors regarding purchase order due dates and status when inquiries are made.
    • Serve as the point of escalation for product inquiries, changes, delays, shipping discrepancies, and other purchasing issues that may arise, using sound judgment to resolve with internal and external teams and communicate action plans in a timely manner.
  • Quotes and negotiates (when applicable) and issues purchase orders up to authorized limits for raw materials, parts, sub-assemblies, finished goods, MRO materials, equipment, spares, tooling, supplies and/or services from suppliers via purchase requisitions or MRP messages.
  • Conduct purchase price variance (PPV) analysis and reporting.
  • Follows all Purchasing/Supply Chain policies, procedures, guidelines, and instructions including those regarding the procurement of materials and/or services.

Vendor Relationship management:

  • Works to build and maintain vendor relationships that are conducive to optimal supply chain and business operations.
  • Works closely with the Quality team to track and manage vendor communications regarding quality standards and customer requirements.  i.e. Supplier score card performance.
  • Negotiates, or assists in the negotiation of, short and long- term agreements for raw materials, parts, sub-assemblies, finished goods, MRO materials, equipment, spares, tooling, supplies and/or services from suppliers.
  • Utilizes system to monitor database and alerts for counterfeit parts and take appropriate action.
  • Effectively interfaces with suppliers and other departments (e.g., Engineering, Operations, Accounting, Human Resources, etc.).
  • Ensures production/operations requirements for materials and/or services are met while maintaining a high level of customer service and maximizing the return on investment.


  • Develop monthly forecasting for all suppliers based on historical demand, product management/customer history/sales feedback, market dynamics and business intelligence.
  • Anticipate demand and forecast new product launches and or anticipate product end of life and assist with determining exit strategies.
  • Develop metrics to track forecast accuracy and implement ways to improve.
  • Identify instances of abnormal demand or slow moving inventory and formulate recommendations to improve forecast accuracy.
  • Participate in the Sales & Operations (S&OP) planning process. 
    • Collaborate with leadership, operations, sales & marketing and finance functions in creating a Demand Plan which achieves Supply Chain efficiency.

Reporting and Analysis:

  • Develop reporting tools within the ERP system (Syspro) and provide costing analysis.
    • Analyze variability in the supply chain and establish appropriate inventory buffers for raw materials relative to customer demand, inventory investment and supply chain constraints.
    • Identify slow moving/obsolete inventory and recommend disposition.
    • Identify, develop and recommend supply chain process improvements.
    • Provide cost savings / cost avoidance reporting.
    • Other ad hoc reporting as assigned.

Other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s degree, with preference for degree in Supply Chain or other relevant discipline.
  • 2 to 5 years of experience in purchasing, forecast, inventory management, demand planning or supply chain analysis or similar relevant experience.
    • Prefer prior manufacturing experience to include inventory audit, reconciliation, work-in-process.
  • Must have excellent communication skills and demonstrated ability to collaborate across departments.
  • Demonstrated skills in analysis, attention to detail and analytical approach to problem solving.
  • Proven ability to work in a fast-paced, multi-task environment.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications with advanced knowledge of Excel preferred.
  • Upbeat professional demeanor and ability to apply good judgement when handling confidential & sensitive information.

Computer Skills

  • Proficiency in using ERP, MRP systems.  
  • Advanced working knowledge of a variety of computer software applications in word processing, spreadsheets, database, presentation software (MSWord, Excel, Access, PowerPoint), and Outlook.

Physical Demands

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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position. 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk, see and hear. The employee is frequently required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms.





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