Purchasing Manager - Metallics

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Purchasing Manager - Metallics

Nikola is a company working to change the world by revolutionizing the transportation and energy industries by developing zero emission trucks and the infrastructure needed to produce and distribute fuel to them.

We are actively looking for a highly talented and experienced Purchasing Manager to lead the Nikola Supply Chain Chassis - Metallics Team, sourcing direct materials related to these commodities. This role will work with cross functional teams to support all Programs and production related activities for the Nikola’s Product Portfolio. This position reports directly to Nikola’s Director of Supply Chain.

As the Purchasing Manager, you will lead a team of seasoned Global Sourcing Managers (GSM’s) that are responsible for the sourcing, costing, negotiating, and strategic planning functions for the commodities outlined in our revolutionary Fuel Cell and Battery Electric vehicles. You will work closely within cross-functional teams to drive early supplier engagement throughout the development phases and product qualifications. You will build a strong internal team along with strong strategic relationships with supply partners to ensure project timing and cost targets are met. Your team will determine the total cost of ownership for their commodities by understanding the underlying cost drivers supporting new business awards.

  • Lead and develop your team.
  • Establish and manage Nikola’s Supply base to ensure the best Suppliers are selected to support all development, prototyping and production activity.
  • Lead all RFP/RFQ activities for your respective area.
  • Analyze supplier proposals and negotiate all aspects of the quotation to drive down the total cost of ownership and ensure world class pricing.
  • Manage supplier relationships including monitoring supplier performance and competitiveness.
  • Recommend and effectively present to leadership sourcing strategies for multiple programs that meet the business objectives and timelines.
  • Build relationships across multiple teams (Finance, Engineering, Manufacturing, Quality) and work across different levels in the organization to ensure objectives are achieved.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering is required (master’s degree is a plus).
  • 10+ years in Engineering with a minimum of 7 years in Leadership.
  • Understanding of manufacturing processes and experience sourcing these specific commodities.
  • New Product Introduction experience is a plus.
  • Experience working in Automotive, Commercial Vehicle, or an Electric Vehicle Start-up is a plus.
  • Global Travel as needed – 25%.

Candidates must have current U.S. work authorization or be TN eligible from Mexico or Canada. This position is not eligible for CPT or OPT.


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