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Associate Buyer - Hardware

Associate Buyer - Hardware

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.

Associate Buyer - Hardware

Position Overview:

The Hardware Associate Buyer is a critical player in our Purchasing Department. Under limited supervision, they support the SpaceX’s procurement Team through the purchasing and order management of springs, fasteners, fittings, bearings, and other hardware for both production and R&D.


  • Execute to the defined purchasing strategy for the hardware commodity
  • Quote and release purchase orders with suppliers in accordance with quality and delivery requirements
  • Negotiate pricing for part packages and create should-cost models for products
  • Manage overall supplier relationships including supplier selection, day-to-day communications, and problem solving
  • Follow-up with suppliers to obtain purchase order acknowledgements and delivery dates for purchase orders
  • Proactively provide updates to SpaceX management and internal customers on supply issues
  • Expedite orders that will negatively impact production or R&D schedules
  • Create, review, and analyze data in order to improve supplier performance and align supply and demand
  • Support regular scorecard reviews with key suppliers
  • Assist with the resolution of supplier invoice issues
  • Maintain current supplier and part number information in the SpaceX ERP system

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or supply chain
  • Experience working in the Aerospace or Medical industry
  • Strong technical knowledge and skills in MS Office Suite
  • Remarkable problem solving skills with a bias for speed
  • Ability to effectively communicate (verbal and written) with suppliers, peers, management, engineering and production teams
  • Ability to learn quickly and prioritize appropriately to meet customer and company needs
  • Exceptional analytical and organizational skills
  • Be detail-oriented, self-motivated and able to respond quickly to a fast-moving and ever-changing environment
  • Ability to conduct all activities with the highest degree of integrity
  • Ability to prove a strong track record of leadership and team building skills
  • Ability to read technical drawings and blueprints.

Additional Requirements:

  • Ability to adapt to a fast paced work environment
  • Ability to work long hours as needed

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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