Buyer, Strategic Sourcing – Composites

SpaceX - Hawthorne, CA3.8

ContractEstimated: $71,000 - $99,000 a year
SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.

Buyer, Strategic Sourcing - Composites

  • Develop and support procurement strategy of composite materials for SpaceX's current launch vehicles, including lunar and Mars rocket - BFR (Big Falcon Rocket)
  • Source and identify new suppliers for NPI efforts and BFR production
  • Execute to the defined purchasing strategy for a specific commodity, with a focus on adhesives, chemicals, composites, and other materials and components
  • Analyze supplier spend, capacity and develop overall supplier negotiation and engagement strategies
  • Identify and propose best value suppliers to the engineering team based on individual's interpretation of requested parts/blueprints
  • Ensure continuity of supply and lead escalation meetings with suppliers for parts shortages to develop recovery plan
  • Proactively provide updates to SpaceX management and engineering team on all critical supply issues
  • Realize cost savings and supply base management goals
  • Develop and maintain strong supplier relationships
  • Visit supplier's facilities to assess ability, machines, and capacity
  • Place quick turnaround purchase orders
  • Execute to MRP messages for production parts
  • Follow up with suppliers to meet committed delivery dates
  • Provide regular feedback to suppliers to improve long term and short term performance
  • Resolve purchase order discrepancies that lead to invoice blockages and late delivery
  • Drive design for manufacturability reviews with support from supplier quality and engineering
  • Administer moderate to large contracts and independently negotiate with suppliers contract terminology, pricing, technical requirements, scope and terms involving responsibility, liability, indemnification, and intellectual property
  • Interpret the conditions and terms of contracts including fiscal and legal implications and advises management on all significant procedures and regulations affecting the contract
  • Ensure compliance with all company policies and procedures and government regulations
  • Act as liaison with external and internal customers on all matters affecting contractual agreements
Basic Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, business, supply chain, or similar technical discipline
  • 3+ years of experience with technical procurement
Preferred Skills and Experience:
  • Bachelor's degree in engineering
  • Experience with commodity strategy, specifically composites
  • Experience working in the aerospace or automotive industry
  • Experience reading datasheets, drawings and blueprints
  • Technical procurement, manufacturing, or production line experience
  • Proven track record of leadership and team building skills
  • Experience in a production environment
  • Exceptional analytical, problem solving, and organizational skills
  • Knowledge and skills in current technologies and applications, ie. MS Office Suite, SQL, Access, etc
  • Effective written, verbal and presentation communication skills
  • Ability to learn quickly and prioritize appropriately to meet customer and company needs
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Ability to learn quickly and prioritize appropriately to meet customer and company needs
  • Detail oriented, self-motivated and able to respond quickly to a fast-moving and ever-changing environment
  • Conducts all activities with the highest of integrity
Additional Requirements:
  • Able to travel for short and extended trips to suppliers as needed
  • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here ( ).
SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

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