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Director, Supply Chain & External Manufacturing

RemoteUnited Kingdom, England, BristolR&D

Job description

Our Company

Our mission at DRONAMICS is to democratize air freight and enable same day shipping for everyone, everywhere. To achieve this, we are developing a new type of cargo airplane, one that is small, remotely-piloted and extremely fuel efficient. It can transport up to 350 kg over 2,500 km for a cost that's 50% lower than other airplanes. It flies autonomously, can be monitored and managed remotely via satellite, and can land and take off anywhere with at least 400m of landstrip This is the kind of technology that can transform whole economies. At first, it didn't sound possible, but we keep proving it is, which is why we've called it “The Black Swan”. It can land on short and unpaved runways, enabling on-demand point-to-point flights and speedy same-day delivery even to the most remote locations that would otherwise take days to reach over ground or sea.

We are starting with domestic air networks in Europe and Australia with fleets of the Black Swan, taking advantage of the multitude of small airfields that are often unused, training local personnel as drone and logistics operators, and partnering with local industry to provide a valuable lifeline of getting goods in and out of small, remote, mountainous and/or island communities within hours at a cost that is often below even that of road transportation. We believe that rapid and reliable shipping has enormous socio-economic benefits , and our goal is to enable same-day deliveries for every single person on the planet at a cost that they can afford.

The Role

Reporting directly to the CTO, our Director Supply Chain and External Manufacturing and is responsible for the overall direction of supply chain management from materials requirements planning, strategic sourcing, proposal support and all procurement activity, as well as leading the relationships with and operations of our external manufacturing partners. The role holder will be a thought partner to the Executive Team in executing upon the rapid growth of the business, as well as, having responsibility for achieving the company’s performance targets and executing on external manufacturing outputs to match sales activity. Through astute leadership, they will develop and optimize the supply chain capabilities to match the Drobamics strategy and growing scale.


  • Lead a high performing team that drives the company's supply chain and vendor management strategies in support of current requirements and continued company growth, with particular emphasis on our aerospace manufacturing suppliers and sustainability 

  • Lead the development and implementation of ERP compatible supply chain / inventory management systems and processes 

  • Assures a formalized approach to the treatment of suppliers with respect to competitive bidding, and codes of conduct to ensure the continued high quality company reputation

  • Directs matrixed procurement efforts to ensure effective purchasing and delivery of materials, vended parts or processes per customer/contractual requirements and the company’s strategic plan

  • Develops domestic and international sources to ensure a robust and reliable supplier base to include a strategic group of suppliers that the company can partner with

  • Supports the proposal process through supplier quoting, supplier selection and negotiation activity as needed

  • Oversees the implementation of certified supplier initiatives, lean enterprise methodologies, or performance standards to ensure the most advantageous cost, quality, and delivery to positively impact the company’s profitability

  • Works cross-functionally to ensure appropriate metrics, such as material cost models, material cost reductions in accordance with company and site specific requirements, Purchased Part Variance (PPV), supplier performance, provide a timely and accurate representation of the supplier’s and/or company’s current state as well as early identification of issues that may impact the company’s performance or profitability.

  • Develops and implements effective inventory strategies and lean management techniques consistent with the company's strategic direction for the efficient movement of materials throughout the manufacturing and inventory cycle to ensure decreased on-hand inventory and increased inventory turns with ne negative impact to the company's performance.

  • Lead employees to encourage maximum performance, engagement and retention

  • Provide coaching, mentoring, and performance feedback to develop the team

Job requirements

Skills & Experience

  • Significant executive level experience of leading aerospace supply chain strategy / operations, particularly outsourced production organizations

  • Experience of building highly sustainable, ethical and quality compliant aerospace supply chains, including ground up development of ERP compatible systems and processes

  • Demonstrated leadership ability, confidence and executive presence – ability to motivate their team, develop their people and nurture the company culture

  • Outstanding communication and presentation skills

  • Significant experience working with partner Executive Leadership in regard to contract negotiations and problem resolution

  • Excellent interpersonal relationship skills including negotiating and relationship management skills with ability to drive achievement of objectives

  • Growth phase and scaling experience, an understanding of the complexity & challenges of navigating a business through its early lifecycle phase

  • Track record of introducing operational structure, process, compliance and governance in complex operational environments

  • Excellent budgeting, analytical, reasoning and problem-solving skills

What We Offer

  • A competitive compensation package for a Series A company

  • Lots of opportunities for personal and professional growth on a global level

  • Tons of work, zero office politics - we are here to impact the lives of millions of people around the world

  • A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to frame the future of how the world moves goods


  • This role will initially be remote and we are open to a location across Europe, and there is a requirement for frequent international travel