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Manager, Strategic Sourcing

Hawthorne, CA 90250

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.


The Strategic sourcing team is responsible for supporting the development, implementation and management of strategies to provide SpaceX with optimal supply assurance, pricing, flexibility, quality and delivery performance.

The Manager, Strategic Sourcing builds and leverages strong working relationships with our engineering teams and key suppliers to assure cost, quality, and delivery targets are met.SpaceX is a fast moving, dynamic environment where flexibility and adaptability are key attributes needed for success.The successful candidate will be a self-starter; motivated with expert overall sourcing expertise.


  • Lead a supply chain team in charge of defining and executing an end-to-end strategy focusing on total life cycle management and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
  • Owner of RFI's, RFP's and RFQ's - ensuring all commercial terms are agreed and documented.
  • Drive price negotiations processes to ensure that SpaceXs pricing is best in class.
  • Drive supply base consolidation where possible.
  • Address all areas of category management including category business plans, global market and pricing analysis and procurement support.
  • Monitor current category market conditions, technology roadmaps and identify supply/demand challenges & opportunities.
  • Analyze current spend and evaluate current suppliers. Consolidate spend across supply base to create leverage, analyze purchasing trends and develop sourcing alternatives. Identify new high potential suppliers on global basis.
  • Manage respective supplier relationships and performance, including but not limited to dispute resolution.
  • Develop key performance measures for chosen suppliers and negotiate on multiple variables to award longer-term strategic contracts that result in significant cost reduction and improved service levels.
  • Monitor current category market conditions, technology roadmaps and identify supply/demand challenges and opportunities.
  • Develop spend strategies, identify potential suppliers, analyze supplier capabilities, select suppliers and determine prices, terms, and conditions of agreements.
  • Lead the vendor selection process with engineering teams.
  • Work collaboratively with other Sourcing Specialists, Sourcing Managers, Category Managers, and Buyers.
  • Identify supplier consolidation opportunities that will generate savings from executing strategic sourcing projects.
  • Evaluate supplier business proposals and present recommendations that will result in cost savings, avoidance or containment.
  • Develop sourcing and negotiation strategies that deliver against business objectives and achieves sustainable relationships with suppliers.
  • Create competitive environments with suppliers to support a negotiation strategy.
  • Evaluate and provide guidance on final selection of suppliers; Perform value analysis for final selection of suppliers.
  • Evaluate supplier core competencies and competitive positioning using industry cost models.
  • Deliver specific productivity and cash flow targets in alignment with overarching goals and objectives, with a focus on Total Cost of Ownership


  • Bachelors degree in business, engineering, supply chain, or similar technical disciplines.
  • 5+ years of purchasing and/or operations management experience
  • Direct personnel management experience


  • Someone with strong influencing and customer service skills who is comfortable navigating ambiguity, collaborating with multiple teams and building strong relationships with stakeholders.
  • Proven track record of taking ownership, successfully negotiating preferred pricing and driving results.
  • Professional knowledge and experience in hardware manufacturing (machining, casting, forging) and associated cost structure desired.
  • Track record of issuing Vendor Pricing Agreements and Long Term Agreements (LTAs).
  • Exceptional analytical, problem solving, and organizational skills.
  • Effective written, verbal and presentation communication skills.
  • Must be detail-oriented, self-motivated and able to respond quickly to a fast-moving and ever-changing environment.


  • Position may involve long hours and weekend work when needed to hit critical deadlines.
  • Position may involve up to 30% travel, as needed.


  • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant 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 ITARhere.

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.

Applicants wishing to view a copy of SpaceXs Affirmative Action Plan for veterans and individuals with disabilities, or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resources Department at (310) 363-6000.


Posted: 2019-08-06 Expires: 2019-09-05

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