Purchasing names Boeing executive Supply Chain Manager of the Year

from purchasing.com

With a shortage of titanium-based fasteners forcing delay of the first flight of Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner airplane until the first quarter of 2008, Steven Schaffer, the company’s vice president of Global Partners, summed up his strategy for solving the problem this way: “We trust our suppliers.”

That simple statement of faith underscores the new relationship that Schaffer has built with the company’s supply base over the last three years, a relationship in which suppliers have taken on an unprecedented (for Boeing) amount of responsibility for design and integration of parts and subsystems.

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