NNS Suppliers

Supplier Development and Continuous Improvement (SDCI)

SDCI is Newport News Shipbuilding's approach to growing, developing and maintaining our Suppliers. Overall, the SDCI program methodically improves our Suppliers' understanding of doing business with NNS and our technical requirements and provides the means for the supplier to become a capable, reliable partner to meet both our quality and delivery requirements.  At the same time, NNS receives feedback from the Supplier on our own processes, providing the necessary insight to grow, develop and maintain our own business processes.

Process Overview

NNS selects and engages Suppliers for the SDCI Program based on performance history, strategic procurement outlook and an understanding of a Supplier's continuous improvement maturity. Suppliers interested in SDCI can also contact Newport News Shipbuilding for potential inclusion in the Program.  Following a Supplier on-site assessment, workshop, or training, we'll capture shared actions and improve our partnered processes.

SDCI Assessments and Workshops

NNS subscribes to and administers industry best practices and tenants from the bodies of work in the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence, Lean Manufacturing, American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS), International Organization for Standardization (ISO).  From this and other bodies of work, NNS developed several tool sets to administer the SDCI Program.  Click the following links for a summary sheet explaining the approach and intent:

Who is Needed From Your Organization?

The SDCI Program is a partnership between NNS and your company. It will require a commitment on both our parts to apply resources. Representatives close to the business transactions between our organizations in sales, contracts, engineering, quality and manufacturing are preferred.

Nationwide Resources – NIST MEP

In addition to Newport News Shipbuilding’s subject matter experts, NNS encourages our supply base to utilize the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership network (MEP). NIST MEPs are a not-for-profit, nationwide network, under the US Department of Commerce, providing a variety of services. NIST MEPs work with the U.S. manufacturers to help them create and retain jobs, increase profits, and save time and money. Local MEPs across the United States may be utilized by NNS to conduct or facilitate initial assessments based on supplier location and need. These MEPs can partner and assist the Supplier with continuing their process improvements on an on-going basis, as needed, based on Supplier internal resources and needs. For more information visit www.nist.gov/mep.

SDCI Engaged Suppliers Testimonials

Here are some testimonials from suppliers who have engaged in the SDCI program:

"This is a very humbling approach taken by Newport News Shipbuilding. Rather than one-way dialog, the two-way dialog creates a solution partnership that can result in a competitive advantage for both parties".

"I walk out on the shop floor and I did not recognize this new, improved environment" (as a result of actions originating from the Operational Lean Assessment).

"I needed this third-party, benchmarking (Operational Lean) assessment. My people were looking at me like I was crazy when I proposed similar ideas. This helps validate the direction we need to take".

"The (Value Chain Assessment) was very helpful, surprisingly informative, and produced very beneficial discussions along the way. In terms of information and learning, the whole event was excellent. It's quite an eye-opener!"

"Thank you!"

If you are an existing Supplier and are interested to hear more about or engage in the SDCI tool sets, contact us at: NNSSDCI@HII-NNS.com