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Strategic Sourcing Manager

Zoox, Foster City, CA

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This role will be responsible for Zoox’s strategic sourcing and industry partnerships, which includes working cross-functionally to understand needs for third-party engagement across the business, finding and evaluating potential partners and suppliers, drafting and issuing RFQs, leading the negotiation of all key terms and conditions as well as pricing, managing commercial and supply chain issues, identifying and executing on cost reduction opportunities, and overall management of third party relationships. Strategic sourcing managers who can operate independently and possess expertise in electronics, powertrain, chassis, body and safety systems are highly desirable.

Responsibilities

  • Lead procurement initiatives for vehicle direct materials and supporting engineering services
  • Proactively engage with Zoox engineering and finance stakeholders to derive and execute on the medium term (3-5 years) business and technology roadmap to support Zoox’s vehicle development program launch timeline and overall business case
  • Develop the supply chain footprint with a long-term, strategic view
  • Lead the day-to-day process of ensuring successful partnerships (milestone adherence, change order management, quality assurance, cost control, etc.) and build supplier performance assessments to support future sourcing decisions
  • Design, conduct, and synthesize supplier, industry, and market research
  • Drive cost transparency and build total cost of ownership models to support sourcing decisions
  • Ensure optimal contract coverage for the commodity in partnership with engineering and legal support
  • Build and maintain strategic relationship with key suppliers as the lead point of contact for all commercial issues
  • Review, analyze, and finalize quote packages from suppliers
  • Support and inform internal stakeholders with respect to supplier selection and management
  • Identify sourcing alternatives to drive efficiencies via benchmarking, competitive quotes, and engineering changes
  • Build and develop a supporting team that will scale to support the goals of the business

Qualifications

  • At least five (5) years of experience in purchasing in a hardware product environment (automotive is a plus)
  • Top Bachelor’s degree required, Master's/MBA preferred
  • Strategic sourcing, financial and business opportunity analysis, comfort with legal frameworks and contract negotiation (development, supply, licensing, and service agreements) skills
  • Excellent communication skills with ability to influence cross-functional stakeholders, including C-level, engineering, legal, finance, manufacturing, and logistics
  • Superior analytical skills
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment to achieve business objectives
  • Demonstrated ability to identify business process issues and drive process improvement
  • Open-minded self-starter with the ability to adapt, improvise, and problem-solve
  • Ability to work independently on multiple tasks and projects with various stakeholders
  • Organizational skills to manage and track transactional details
ABOUT ZOOX

Zoox is developing the first ground-up, fully autonomous vehicle fleet and the supporting ecosystem required to bring this technology to market. Sitting at the intersection of artificial intelligence, robotics, and design, Zoox aims to provide the next generation of mobility-as-a-service in urban environments. We’re looking for top talent that shares our passion and wants to be part of a fast-moving and highly execution-oriented team.


A Final Note:
You do not need to match every listed expectation to apply for this position. Here at Zoox, we know that diverse perspectives foster the innovation we need to be successful, and we are committed to building a team that encompasses a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and skills.

About Zoox

About us Zoox is a Menlo Park, CA-based robotics company founded by Tim Kentley-Klay and Dr. Jesse Levinson to create autonomous mobility. Operating at the intersection of design, computer science, and electro-mechanical engineering, Zoox is a multidisciplinary team working to imagine and build an advanced mobility experience that will support the future needs of urban mobility for both people and the environment.

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