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Buyer - Composites New Product Introduction

Buyer - Composites New Product Introduction

Supply Chain Management

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 – Composites New Product Introduction

The SpaceX Supply Chain Department is a critical player in our operations. To capitalize on our technical and market success, our team will execute large-scale projects that will define the bottom-line for the company. The functions within the department include procurement, planning and fulfillment, supplier development and quality, logistics and inventory. As SpaceX becomes the overall market leader, they will position us to maximize valuation, fuel growth and ensure achievement.


Overall responsibilities are to support Engineering and Production teams with the development and sourcing of new cutting edge composites technology for the Dragon 2 Spacecraft.

  • Mobilize and lead a cross-functional procurement team to achieve cost, quality, and delivery targets on new product introductions
  • Drive procurement commodity strategies at the development stage for new components
  • 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
  • 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
  • Initiate long term agreement negotiations with strategic suppliers
  • Support Engineering, Production, and New Product Introduction Procurement teams when determining best value suppliers, NPI Sourcing plans, Make vs. Buy, Should Cost, Buy complete strategies, and Lead times, etc.
  • Drive design for manufacturability reviews with support from Supplier Quality Development and Engineering
  • Develop and maintain strong supplier relationships
  • Visit supplier’s facilities and accurately assess technical capability, equipment, and capacity
  • Place component POs for new product development
  • Resolve purchase order discrepancies and invoice issues
  • Analyze procurement data and report metrics

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, business, supply chain, or similar technical discipline
  • 3+ years of technical procurement, manufacturing, or component design / development

Preferred Skills:

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering field
  • Experience procuring composites structures, adhesives, seals, etc
  • Knowledge of carbon fiber or matrix based resins
  • Strong leadership and team building skills
  • Remarkable problem solving skills with a bias for speed
  • Produce exceptional work all the time
  • Ability to learn quickly and prioritize appropriately to meet customer and company needs
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Effective written, verbal and presentation communication skills
  • Ability to read drawings and blueprints
  • Exceptional analytical and organizational skills
  • Strong technical knowledge and skills in current technologies and applications, ie. MS Office Suite, SQL, Access, etc
  • Must be 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:

  • Ability to work long hours and weekends as needed
  • 25% travel may be required

ITAR Requirements:

  • 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 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

Applicants wishing to view a copy of SpaceX’s 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

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