This role will be responsible for Zoox’s strategic sourcing and industry partnerships, which includes working cross-functionally to understand needs for third-party engagement across the business, finding and evaluating potential partners and suppliers, drafting and issuing RFQs, leading the negotiation of all key terms and conditions as well as pricing, managing commercial and supply chain issues, identifying and executing on cost reduction opportunities, and overall management of third party relationships. Strategic sourcing managers who can operate independently and possess expertise in electronics, powertrain, chassis, body, safety systems, EV charging, fleet maintenance or capital equipment are highly desirable.

Responsibilities

  • Lead procurement and partnership initiatives for vehicle direct materials (interiors, structural components, advanced hardware) and/or operations infrastructure (EV charging, vehicle maintenance, capital equipment)
  • Proactively engage with Zoox stakeholders (incl. engineering, operations, manufacturing, strategy, finance, design) to derive and execute on the medium term (3-5 years) business and technology roadmap to support Zoox’s vehicle development program and autonomous ride-hailing service
  • Develop the supply chain and partnership footprint with a long-term, strategic view
  • Lead the day-to-day process of ensuring successful partnerships (milestone adherence, change order management, quality assurance, cost control, etc.) and build supplier performance assessments to support future sourcing decisions
  • Design, conduct, and synthesize supplier, industry, and market research
  • Drive cost transparency and build total cost of ownership models to support sourcing decisions
  • Ensure optimal contract coverage for the commodity/service in partnership with engineering and legal support
  • Build and maintain strategic relationships with key suppliers as the lead point of contact for all commercial issues
  • Review, analyze, and finalize quote packages from suppliers
  • Support and inform internal stakeholders with respect to supplier selection and management
  • Identify sourcing alternatives to drive efficiencies via benchmarking, competitive quotes, and changing requirements

Qualifications

  • At least 5 years of experience in partnership development and/or purchasing in a hardware product environment
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Strategic sourcing, financial and business opportunity analysis, comfort with legal frameworks and contract negotiation skills (development, supply, licensing, and service agreements)
  • Excellent communication skills with ability to influence cross-functional stakeholders, including C-level, engineering, legal, finance, manufacturing, and logistics
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Advanced Microsoft Excel skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment to achieve business objectives
  • Demonstrated ability to identify business process issues and drive process improvement
  • Open-minded self-starter with the ability to adapt, improvise, and problem-solve
  • Ability to work independently on multiple tasks and projects with various stakeholders
  • Organizational skills to manage and track transactional details

Bonus Qualifications

  • Master's/MBA


Vaccine Mandate

Employees working in this position will be required to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. An applicant is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. Applicants will be required to show proof of vaccination status upon receipt of a conditional offer of employment. That offer of employment will be conditioned upon, among other things, an Applicant’s ability to show proof of vaccination status. Please note the Company provides reasonable accommodations in accordance with applicable state, federal and local laws.

About Zoox

Zoox is developing the first ground-up, fully autonomous vehicle fleet and the supporting ecosystem required to bring this technology to market. Sitting at the intersection of robotics, machine learning, and design, Zoox aims to provide the next generation of mobility-as-a-service in urban environments. We’re looking for top talent that shares our passion and wants to be part of a fast-moving and highly execution-oriented team.


A Final Note:
You do not need to match every listed expectation to apply for this position. Here at Zoox, we know that diverse perspectives foster the innovation we need to be successful, and we are committed to building a team that encompasses a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and skills.