At General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, we expect our suppliers to demonstrate the highest ethical standards, maintain competitive pricing, provide quality products, and meet all delivery requirements. Our goal is to establish a mutually beneficial business relationship with all of our suppliers to provide our customers with the best products possible. We hope the information contained within this web site will provide you with the information you need to help us reach this goal together.
Please review the sections in the left menu, which provide valuable information on our processes and procedures for both prospective and current business partners.
Approved Special Processes:
Overview and Expectations
GDATP has purchasing units at Marion, Virginia; Lincoln, Nebraska; Charlotte, North Carolina; Williston, Vermont; Saco, Maine; and Camden, Arkansas
At GDATP, we know our success depends on the performance of and relationship with our suppliers. Our focus is on complete customer satisfaction. Therefore, the extent to which our suppliers comply with our technical, commercial and performance requirements is critical. Our objective is to develop long-term, strategic relationships with our suppliers based on trust, integrity, respect, communication and proven performance.
All communication must be conducted through your buyer. The buyer has total responsibility for the execution of the bid and/or placing of business. GDATP is committed to timely responsiveness, and we expect the same in return. When problems or delays affect a contractual ship date, suppliers are expected to contact the buyer to advise the nature of the problem and to propose a revised ship date.
What do we expect from our suppliers?
GDATP recognizes that market success depends on the technology, quality and cost-competiveness of our products, as well as our ability to meet deadlines. Consequently, we measure the effectiveness of our supply base by delivery, cost, quality, capability and responsiveness.
In order to support our business units by reducing cost and risk, the GDATP's Supply Chain Management team views appropriate supplier choices, continuous improvement and process/technology development as the backbone of a high-performing supply network. We recognize and value the capabilities, expertise and innovative technology that suppliers offer through their Research and Development efforts. Our desire is to develop long term business relationships with our suppliers for the mutual benefit of both parties.
What can suppliers expect from us?
GDATP Supply Chain professionals use the Standards of Business Ethics and Conduct to ensure suppliers are treated fairly and equitably. At a minimum, you can expect our employees to do the following:
- Respect supplier confidential information
- Manage the bid process in a transparent manner
- Make the rules of the bid process clear from the outset
- Act with fairness in all circumstances
- Review competing offers objectively
- Do everything possible to respect deadlines or explain delays
- Refuse any gift, invitation or favors