Sourcing Manager

Cambridge, MA

The team

Superpedestrian brings together a team of extraordinary people for one vision: transforming urban mobility around the world. We are focused on developing the new standard(s) in bike and tech integration and solving the challenges of managing and maintaining large numbers of motorized vehicles. We do this by working with ride-hailing and bike-sharing companies to create electric-bike fleets that provide optimal safety, reliability, and enjoyable riding experiences throughout the world.

Additionally, our consumer facing product the Copenhagen Wheel, is the first human-enhancing transportation technology available to the mass market. Almost any bike can now be equipped with the Copenhagen Wheel, which senses the rider’s motions and amplifies their pedaling power by up to 10 times using the drive system embedded within the sleek red hub. We have an exclusive license to this piece of MIT technology and together, our team is transforming the daily commutes of thousands of consumers across the globe. Join us as we revolutionize personal transit for a sustainable future.

Superpedestrian is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We care about your skills and your character and we celebrate what makes us diverse. If we think there’s a good fit, we will get in touch. Please, no phone calls or recruiters.

Who you are

We are seeking a Sourcing Manager with global experience sourcing mechanical assemblies and custom parts.  You must be technical and hands-on, developing a qualified supply base to secure the best value for goods purchased.  Leveraging this supply base, you will partner with Engineering, Manufacturing, R&D, and Quality to identify the best sources for parts and assemblies in order to deliver qualified products to the manufacturing line.

What you’ll do:

  • IF YOU DON'T HAVE EXPERIENCE SOURCING PARTS AND SYSTEMS IN CHINA PLEASE STOP READING HERE.  THANKS!
  • Be responsible for sourcing both complex assemblies and custom parts while balancing priorities of time and cost.  
  • Identify, assess and qualify a global supply base including initial vendor identification, down selection through RFQ processes, and drive cost out while improving quality through a regimented DFM process for both prototype and production parts.
  • Use your extensive supplier network to identify, develop, implement, and maintain sourcing strategies and relationships for assigned categories across a global supply base.   
  • Review product selections, evaluate supplier quotations, and validate compliance to engineering specifications in order to select the solutions that bring the most commercial value.

The following responsibilities may be part of this position based on the applicant’s background, experience and desire:

  • Be responsible for purchasing all strategic and new items (other purchasing is handled by our Contract Manufacturers).
  • Work with Engineering, Manufacturing, Contract Manufacturers and Suppliers to develop cost models, target costs and low cost alternatives. Organize and conduct pricing benchmarks and competitive analysis.
  • Develop and maintain a portfolio of cost saving projects that meet Superpedestrian targets for cost reduction.
  • Drive programs to continuously improve the quality  of goods from suppliers.
  • Actively resolve supplier delivery, quality or commercial issues.

What we’re looking for:

  • Must have experience in sourcing mechanical parts and complex assemblies from suppliers in Asia
  • Must have extensive knowledge of prototype and production manufacturing techniques including rapid prototyping, machining, casting, forging, molding, stamping
  • Must have a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent
  • Minimum of 8 years work experience in Commodity/Category Management, Procurement and/or Strategic Sourcing within a global organization
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with procurement strategy and cost management best practices
  • Excellent communication skills and the proven ability to effectively work with global suppliers
  • Able to manage multiple projects under deadline constraints and maintain focus at all times
  • Experience working with contract manufacturers
  • Ability and willingness to travel is a must
  • Experience with a wide range of technologies and projects is a plus
  • Previous work experience at both small and large companies is a plus

What you can expect

  • A team of awesome, like-minded, driven people that support each other, and mentors from across the top echelons of industry
  • An opportunity to work alongside some of the largest companies in the bike share, urban mobility and transportation space
  • A competitive compensation and equity package as well as a 401(K) retirement savings plan
  • The choice of a wide range of health and dental insurance plans, a flexible spending account, short and long-term disability and life insurance
  • Flexible working hours, casual dress code, and unlimited paid vacation
  • The chance to have your voice heard and help shape Superpedestrian’s future
  • A gorgeous, dog-friendly workspace in a renovated warehouse with a private courtyard in the heart of Cambridge
  • A full kitchen, stocked with an intimidatingly wide range of hot sauces, and a grill for our frequent cookouts
  • Regular social events, team lunches, weekly beer runs (often by bike), and a bi-weekly running club

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