Suppliers

Our suppliers play a critical role in our ability to deliver quality products and services to our customers. We are looking for suppliers that will help us meet time, quality, cost and technical-performance requirements, and with a continuous focus on our customers’ needs.

Go to GD's Supplier Portal

Become a Supplier

GD acquires vast amounts of materials and services to carry out our manufacturing, engineering, services and administrative functions. And with our size and scope of offerings, the types of products and services we seek run across a wide spectrum of categories.

We strive to develop strong alliances with small and large businesses that help us supply high-quality products and services to our customers. 

Supply Chain Excellence

We have developed best-in-class supply chain relationships and core processes. And, we work across all our businesses to ensure we maintain our performance and value across the supply chain. One example is our online supplier registration portal, which helps our businesses better identify potential suppliers and share information throughout GD.

We continue to enhance our efforts through our Supply Chain Management Council (SCMC), which includes experts from across our business who frequently meet to share ideas and best practices, leverage resources and create shared technologies and processes. The work of the Council ensures we capture the value created by our supply-chain departments throughout the business.

Supplier Diversity

General Dynamics is committed to working with diverse businesses. We partner with small disadvantaged businesses, women-owned small businesses, veteran-owned small businesses, service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses, SBA-certified HUBZone small businesses, Native American-owned small businesses, minority owned companies and Ability One organizations.

We are widely recognized for our efforts to develop and support a diverse supplier base, including:

  • U.S. Department of Defense Nunn-Perry awards in recognition of outstanding Mentor-Protégé teams
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Corporate Champion and Corporate Achievement awards from the Center for Veterans Enterprise
  • U.S. Department of Justice Small Business Awards

GD has dedicated points of contact for small businesses at each of our business.  We recommend you learn more about our business units to help identify which ones are most relevant to your offerings. The full list of Small Business Liaison Locator (SBLO) contacts can be found on the General Dynamics Enterprise Supplier Management Portal.

Upcoming Supplier Events

June 2, 2016

CT Business Advantage MatchMaker at Hartford, CT

Supplier Events
June 8, 2016 to June 9, 2016

MDA SB Conference at Huntsville, AL

Supplier Events
June 20, 2016 to June 23, 2016

Veteran Entrepreneur Training Symposium (VETS) at Norfolk, VA

Supplier Events
June 20, 2016 to June 23, 2016

Veteran Entrepreneur Training Symposium (VETS) at Norfolk, VA

Supplier Events

Supplier FAQs

Doing Business with General Dynamics

How does a supplier do business with General Dynamics?

General Dynamics strives to develop strong alliances with small and large businesses that help us supply reliable, high-quality products and services to our customers.

To get started, please enroll on the General Dynamics Enterprise Supplier Management Portal.

We also recommend you review each of the business unit websites to learn more about their products and services and find the best fit for your solutions.

How can we get on General Dynamics' approved supplier list?

To get started as a supplier, please enroll on the General Dynamics Enterprise Supplier Management Portal.

Approval criteria vary by business unit and qualification requirements are typically identified with specific solicitations from the business unit.

How does a small business contact General Dynamics?

Small businesses seeking to partner with General Dynamics are encouraged to contact supplier liaisons for more information. We recommend you learn more about our business units to help you identify which ones are most relevant to your capabilities

The full list of Small Business Liaison Locator (SBLO) contacts can be found on the General Dynamics Enterprise Supplier Management Portal at the following link:

https://suppliers.gendyn.com/Contact/Liaisons.aspx

General Dynamics Requirements and Supplier and Teammate Selection

What does General Dynamics purchase?

General Dynamics acquires vast amounts of materials and services to carry out our manufacturing, engineering, services and administrative functions. As a large global company, the types of products and services we seek run across a wide spectrum of categories. Please check each business unit website to better understand their supply chain needs.

What does General Dynamics purchase?

General Dynamics acquires vast amounts of materials and services to carry out our manufacturing, engineering, services and administrative functions. As a large global company, the types of products and services we seek run across a wide spectrum of categories. Please check each business unit website to better understand their supply chain needs.

What does General Dynamics look for in a supplier?

General Dynamics considers many factors when determining team composition or making purchasing decisions. These decisions vary depending on priorities and requirements, including:

• Core capabilities, product or services offering resource availability and ability to recruit qualified candidates

• Geographic location or customer proximity

• Organizational conflicts of interest (OCI)

• Past performance and reputation

• Personnel experience

• Dependability, responsiveness and teamwork

• Market niche

• Core capabilities

 

Additionally, we expect suppliers to demonstrate the following:

• Financial viability

• High ethical standards

• Competitive pricing

• Appropriate industry quality procedures and processes

• Cost reduction program

• Cycle time reduction program

• Ability to offer a technological or service advantage over competitors

• Innovations in the delivery of goods or services 

How do I find out which General Dynamics’ division is working on a specific contract?

You can learn more about programs, products and specific contracts by visiting our business unit websites.

We recommend you be proactive in all your marketing efforts. Proactive marketing includes doing research to determine where to put your resources and efforts so that you can focus on those customers and technical areas where it makes the most business sense for you. Focused efforts include participating in the right networking events (specific conferences and other events related to your target market), meeting with the technical and program managers in the government as well as with the primes, including other small businesses that can team with you on opportunities of common interest. This will help you understand the customers’ mission, their technical requirements and where opportunities may exist in the future so that you determine your interest in participating and contact potential teaming partners. You may contact the business unit SBLO to express interest in being considered as a vendor, stating where you have core capabilities relevant to that unit or to a specific opportunity of interest.

Will our company have the opportunity to meet with a General Dynamics representative or be included in proposals and/or quoting process?

We meet with companies based on requirements for upcoming opportunities. Please register on our Supplier Portal to ensure you get on our list of suppliers.

We currently do business with one business unit of General Dynamics. How can we get involved with other business units?

By registering on our Supplier Portal, your company will be given visibility across General Dynamics.

You should also review individual business unit websites to get a better understanding of their contracts and needs. If you see a fit with one unit, contact the local SBLO. Additionally, consider attending outreach events where General Dynamics will have a presence, such as those listed on the Supplier Diversity website and the business unit specific events page.

How does General Dynamics identify potential new partners for upcoming opportunities?

General Dynamics identifies sources through various mechanisms, including our Supplier Portal, System for Award Management (SAM), Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS), Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE), VET BIZ, National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) and other areas state, local and regional databases. We also meet new suppliers and teammates at national, local and regional conferences we attend. Visit the Supplier Events section for a list of outreach opportunities. Potential sources are also identified through our participation in local, regional and national associations such as Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), Industry Advisory Council (IAC), TRIAD, DoD Regional Councils, ISM, local Minority Supplier Development Councils (MSDC), and others. 

Registration With General Dynamics

If a supplier registers will they be certain to receive requests for quotes or purchase orders from General Dynamics?

General Dynamics provides no guarantee that registrants will receive any monetary or contractual benefit. Your registration allows General Dynamics’ personnel across the enterprise to view your capabilities.

Does a supplier have to register in order to do business with General Dynamics?

While registration is not mandatory, we do ask suppliers to register as it provides a method for us to find companies to work with when opportunities arise. Only one registration is needed for your company to have visibility to all General Dynamics business units. Managers and buyers use our database to find subcontractors, vendors and teaming partners. And while there is no guarantee of a contractual arrangement, your company will be considered whenever we are searching for subcontractors, vendors or teaming partners.

Once registered, is my supplier database profile visible throughout all General Dynamics business units?

Yes, once you have registered in the General Dynamics Enterprise Supplier Management portal your profile will be visible to all business units.

How do I determine my company’s small business classification? NAICS codes, etc?

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has established size standards based on a firm’s primary industry using NAICS codes. Information on the SBA’s methodology and size standards can be found at http://www.sba.gov/contractingopportunities/officials/size/index.html.

The firm’s primary NAICS code is used to determine the business size. Refer to FAR 2.101 to determine specific small business classification definitions. You will be required to enter in your firm’s NAICS code by number and keyword as well as your size standard when registering on the General Dynamics Enterprise Supplier Management Portal.

How can a supplier confirm their registration is complete?

When you complete your registration, you will reach the “acknowledgement” page and receive an e-mail confirming your registration details, including username and password. It’s important to retain this information for future use to keep your profile and certifications up to date.

Once registered, when can a supplier expect to be contacted by General Dynamics?

Your registration information will be kept in a database that will be used to identify potential candidates. Your registration enables General Dynamics’ personnel across the corporation to view your capabilities. Registration is without obligation of any kind on the part of the supplier or General Dynamics.

I have been assigned a supplier number from one of the General Dynamics business units. Can I use the same number when contacting other business units?

No, any supplier number assigned by an individual business unit is unique to that business unit. The General Dynamics Enterprise Supplier Management Portal is the online registration process for all business units within General Dynamics.