Los Angeles, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, January 23, 2024
Divergent is on a mission to democratize the design and manufacture of vehicles. We want to enable a future where small entrepreneurial teams across the globe will bring increasingly material and energy efficient transportation solutions to market with a fraction of the capital and time.
Divergent has invented a complete manufacturing solution to address system level challenges. The Divergent Adaptive Production System (DAPS) is a complete software hardware solution designed to replace traditional vehicle manufacturing. To make the complex simple, it is a complete modular digital factory for complex structures. Given a set of digital requirements as input, the machine automatically computationally engineers, additively manufactures, and assembles any complex structure. The system is able to move seamlessly between manufacturing different vehicle models.
As a Purchasing Manager, you will be responsible for all commercial aspects of the awarding of new business, developing strong supplier relationships, and working side by side with our engineering counterparts to push the envelope of our technical requirements. You will take the lead ensuring suppliers deliver to our aggressive timelines, and parts are received at the highest level of quality. You will also support the Sr Director of Supply Chain in making sure Divergent can meet its cost targets. In our team, we expect our people to own every aspect of the sourcing process from start to finish and everything in between. This role reports to the Senior Director of Supply Chain.
The ideal candidate will have a successful track record developing and executing strategy, negotiating master agreements and statements of work, and managing supplier performance through KPIs and face-to-face negotiation. Experience working in new and ambiguous environments while solving complex problems with a broad range of cross functional stakeholders will be an advantage.
Specifically, In This Role You Will
Work with a range of stakeholders including business leaders, engineering leaders, legal, program management, and supply chain to negotiate a variety of agreements and contracts including term sheets, MOUs, NDAs, SOWs, development agreements, component purchase agreements and others
Influence suppliers' processes, technology decisions, and policies in ways that are mutually beneficial and sustainable for both organizations
Prioritize projects and activities to deliver maximum cost reductions and reliable on-time delivery
Manage cross-functional projects against plans and objectives to meet commitments and goals
Effectively lead cross-functional meetings with clear document writing, agenda creation, note capture and follow-up activity coordination
Lead a procurement team to help you accomplish these objectives
Develop sourcing strategies by analyzing the supply base, market conditions, and technology roadmaps
Lead contractual negotiations with suppliers on NDA’s, General Terms & Conditions and Production Supply Agreements
Identify potential suppliers, analyze capabilities and develop a sourcing strategy and roadmap for Divergent stakeholders
Perform detailed analysis of quote submissions based on cost and lead time in relation to program requirements
Drive and implement cost reductions on prototype and production programs through leveraged negotiations to achieve cost and lead time targets
Manage supplier relationships and performance through key performance metrics
Work closely alongside Program Management to support prototype requirements, execute against build milestones and track sourcing progress
Support Supplier Quality plant audits and technical reviews
Place purchase orders and resolve downstream issues with receiving, finance, and accounting
Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Business, Supply Chain or related disciplines required
5+ years of supply chain experience in progressive roles
Experience with technical procurement
Effective written, verbal, and presentation skills
Ability to read drawings and blueprints
Exceptional analytical and organizational skills
Good interpersonal skills and prior experience managing employees
High level of integrity
Analytical skills to ensure both internal and external requests are fulfilled
Attention to detail to ensure specifications being requested are received
Ability to work independently, multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment
Experience with aerospace manufacturing is a strong positive
Must be a U.S. Person because of required access to U.S. export controlled information
Divergent is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workplace. Our positions adhere to all statutory and regulatory requirements. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, gender identity or any other factor protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.
No agencies, no solicitations, and no calls please. Applications will be accepted until position is filled.