Original Date: 05/08/1995
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Supplier Advisory Council
McDonnell Douglas Aerospace (MDA)-St. Louis has recognized that procured components comprise almost two- thirds of the flyaway cost of a typical aircraft. As such, a number of processes and programs have been implemented to improve the MDA-St. Louis supplier base. One such program is the Supplier Advisory Council. The Council’s mission is to provide a leadership focus to issues that improve the affordability and effectiveness of MDA-St. Louis suppliers, and to provide supplier insight to assist MDA in enhancing the competitive posture of its products.
The Council includes 21 members; 14 are executives from the certified supplier base. The other seven members are MDA executives, five of whom are permanent members of the Council, and all other members serve two-year terms. In the Council environment, executives of MDA-St. Louis and its certified suppliers can proactively guide the improvement and deployment of the Supplier Management and Procurement Strategic Plan. It has also provided a forum for meaningful industry dialogue on strategic supplier issues.
The Council has been successful in identifying and resolving issues such as payment practices, supplier certification, standardization of contract terms and conditions, and suppliers incentives for affordability. These have all contributed to St. Louis’ goal of being a preferred customer to its suppliers, with world-class supplier management practices.
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