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Sourcing Manager, Gateway (Starlink)

Location: Redmond
Posted on: November 25, 2022

Job Description:

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 ofenabling human life on Mars.


As a member of the Starlink Supply Chain team, you will manage the demand plan and sourcing for hardware used on, and in the making of, the Starlink satellite constellation. Our team moves quickly and you must too. SpaceX has the unique ability and desire to influence and shape suppliers to be better with us as we challenge our supply chain on cost, quality and speed of execution. The functions within the department include procurement, planning and fulfillment, supplier development and quality, logistics and inventory. This roles scope will help enable rate production in the satellite factory of the future!


  • Pull and aggregate the overall demand picture for hardware used to support the Starlink gateway fleet to create accurate signals that will enable rate
  • Execute purchasing transactions by issuing purchase orders for SpaceX programs and ensure delivery
  • Manage all relevant master data in MRP to ensure accurate and complete information at all times
  • Ensure health of supply base by evaluating and selecting suppliers based on capability, quality, reliability, and price competitiveness
  • Ensure supplier meets all critical measures of performance consistently by consistently executing on an operating plan with clear goals and control plans
  • Conduct comprehensive supplier analysis to formulate a strategic sourcing plan that identifies new/suitable suppliers, optimize cost structures and proactively ensures continuity of supply based on macro market or industry trends
  • Analyze supplier operations to assess technical capability, equipment, and capacity for rapid deployment of new product development and long term production to implement a successful E2E product life cycle management strategy and process
  • Direct and execute initiatives that support aggressive improvements in supplier quality, total cost effectiveness, enhanced service levels, improved coordination, delivery, pricing, lead-times, payment, risk compliance and other areas as identified
  • Develop strong relationships with internal stakeholders, understanding their needs and consulting with them to build quality procurement strategies aligned to business requirements
  • Be the voice of reason and push engineering to make sound design decisions that are conducive to a high performing supply plan
  • Coordinate with engineering and quality organizations to determine cause of rejected material and to drive appropriate changes to ensure elimination/reduction of those quality issues
  • Administer moderate to large contracts and independently negotiate with supplier's contract terminology, pricing, technical requirements, scope and terms involving responsibility, liability, indemnification, intellectual property and export compliance


    • Advanced degree and 3+ years of experience working in one or more of the following; or bachelor's degree and 5+ years of experience working in one or more of the following; or 9+ years of experience working in one or more of the following:

      • Engineering
      • Purchasing
      • Contract negotiation
      • Material or production planning
      • Operations or supply chain management
      • Material cost control
      • Master production scheduling


        • 2+ years of professional experience in technical sourcing, procurement, or planning
        • Experience with harnessing and connectors buying, planning, or production
        • Experience with MRP or enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, and with managing bill of materials, work orders, and purchase orders
        • American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS) certification, Six Sigma certification, or similar certifications
        • Experience with forecasting, demand planning, and lead time analysis
        • Experience with raw materials and components movement among multiple nodes, inventory tracking/management
        • Experience in electrical, electronic and electro-mechanical (EEE) components
        • Experience reading datasheets, drawings and blueprints
        • Strong skills in data analysis using Excel, SQL and PowerBI
        • Proven ability to work in a fast-paced, cross functional environment, independently and in a team
        • Demonstrated efficiency in time management, interpersonal communication, and organization
        • Proven track record of leadership and team building skills
        • Ability to learn quickly and prioritize appropriately to meet customer and company needs
        • Detail-oriented, self-motivated and able to respond quickly to a fast-moving and ever-changing environment


          • Ability to travel and communicate outside of work hours as needed


            • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you 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 the ITAR .

              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.

Keywords: SPACE EXPLORATION TECHNOLOGIES CORP, Redmond , Sourcing Manager, Gateway (Starlink), Executive , Redmond, Washington

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