Southwest Airlines Co.

Senior Manager Supply Chain Power Plants

Post Begin Date 2 weeks ago(2/12/2018 5:46 PM)
Requisition ID
Airport Code
Employment Type
Regular Full-Time
58-Supply Chain Management


We are committed to provide our Employees a stable work environment with equal opportunity for learning and personal growth. Creativity and innovation are encouraged for improving the effectiveness of Southwest Airlines. Above all, Employees will be provided the same concern, respect, and caring attitude within the organization that they are expected to share externally with every Southwest Customer.



The Sr. Manager Supply Chain Management is responsible to all strategic sourcing and operational oversite of aircraft power plants and associated accessories including auxiliary power units (APU). The Sr. Manager is expected to lead both complex powerplant contract negotiations, coordinating with Engineering, Finance, Planning Quality and Field Services and Day of operational activities to assure spares readiness. The Sr. Manager will also be responsible to assess aircraft tear down opportunities to maximize the residual value, 80% of which comes from power plant and landing gear.


Work Activities/Context


  • Leads team of 2-3 highly analytical Co-Hearts.
  • Provides friendly service to and maintains positive relationships with internal and external Customers.
  • Works in a cooperative spirit to ensure the success of the Company.
  • Interfaces effectively with Vendors, contract Maintenance personnel, as well as various Departments within SWA to assure on-time delivery of requested information.
  • Ability to effectively communicate strategy about day of operations and contract negotiations to Sr. levels of Management both internally and externally.
  • Coordinates team in dispute resolutions for contract issues occurring with Engineering, Legal, Finance, Records, Planning and/or Production groups.
  • Organizes and leads regular reviews with Vendors to monitor results, align incentives with performance goals, provide feedback and subjective evaluations, highlight strengths, solve problems and investigate potential for expanding each partnership.
  • Ensures that performance goals and objectives are clearly stated for suppliers and internal staff.
  • Ensure effective operational goals are set and achieved.
  • Assists in enforcing contractual terms and clarifying intent of major engine, LRU and APU contracts.
  • Works with internal departments to set shop visit forecasts according to budgetary allowances and communicate these to suppliers.
  • Coordinates forecasting and spares levels with Planning, Engineering and providers to ensure capacity is in line with demand and contract.
  • Maintain oversight of controls to manage contract parameters by using metrics that facilitate concise measurements and report out to customers.
  • Manages current engine consignment vendors to ensure contractual obligations are met.
  • Disposition and acquisition of spare engines and APU’s to meet fleet plans.
  • May perform other duties as assigned.




  • College Degree preferred.
  • Aviation or Business focused degree preferred



  • Five years of airline purchasing, materials, finance and/or maintenance related experience required
  • Two years of formal People Leadership required
  • Aircraft engine contract knowledge required
  • Advanced analytical skills required
  • Five years of maintenance related experience at an airline or related supplier environment preferred


Skills/Abilities/Knowledge/Work Style


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Must work under tight time constraints to accomplish and support internal and external requests and deadlines.
  • Must possess strong computer skills and be detail oriented.
  • Ability to work well with others as a part of a team and successfully represented Southwest Airlines while in off-site locations.
  • A strong positive attitude with the ability to motivate others, using a team concept.
  • Ability to be a flexible self-starter that can adapt to changing priorities.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills (identifies activities, sets deadlines, measures progress).
  • Must demonstrate Leadership skills, modeling the Southwest Leadership expectations.
  • Must have the ability to communicate across various levels of the organization.
  • Customer Service driven/strong relationship building skills.
  • Skilled in the use of MS Office Suite.
  • Ability to Lead a team, provide guidance and support for Team members, and complete fair and objective performance appraisals.
  • Ability to Lead Teams to consensus for common vision, mission and direction.
  • Demonstrates the ability to think strategically.
  • Must possess effective Leadership and interpersonal skills necessary for positive interaction with all internal and external Customers.
  • Ability to effectively provide feedback and coaching to Team members on performance related matters.
  • Ability to Lead, drive and adapt Teams to change.
  • Proficient analytical skills and ability to interpret results using these to identify process improvement opportunities.
  • Demonstrates sound decision making abilities, focus on the big picture, and think strategically.
  • Takes ownership and accountability for self and Team members.
  • Ability to resolve conflicts.
  • Strong project management, meeting facilitation and change management skills.
  • Positively influence the behavior of others, and coach and mentor others.
  • Works effectively in a fast paced, collaborative, Team based environment.
  • Retains a strategic and complete value chain view of relationships.
  • Has thought leadership and is partnership based.
  • Must be able to comply with Company attendance standards as described in established guidelines.


Other Qualifications:


  • Some Work and Travel after normal business hours is required.
  • Must maintain a well-groomed appearance.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or have authorization to work in the United States as defined by the Immigration Reform Act of 1986.

Southwest Airlines is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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