Direct Procurement Manager - Metal Commodity

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Scout Motors

Here at Scout Motors, we're carrying forward the heritage of one of the most iconic American vehicles in history. A vehicle dating back to 1960. One that forged the path for future generations of rugged SUVs and will do so once again.

But Scout is more than just a brand, it's a legacy steeped in a culture of exploration, caretaking, and hard work.

Scout is all about respect. Respect for the environment by developing all-electric vehicles with the capability to get you to any location. Respect for the past and the future by taking an iconic American brand that hasn't been around for a while, electrifying it, digitizing it, and loading it with American innovation. Respect for communities by creating a company that stands for its people and its customers. And respect for both work and play, with vehicles that are equally at home at a camp site, a job site, or on a Tuesday commute.

At Scout Motors, we empower our talented, inclusive, and entrepreneurial teams to innovate. What makes a Scout? Someone who is a visionary and a leader, who seeks new paths and shares lessons learned. A knowledgeable doer who collaborates across the company to build better. A go-getter with unrivaled passion.

Join us at Scout Motors and be part of shaping the future of transportation. If you're ready to drive change and make history, apply now!

What you'll do

Become part of an iconic brand that is set to revolutionize the all-electric pick-up truck & rugged SUV marketplace by achieving the following:

  • The Metal Commodity Manager is responsible to establish and execute Scout's North America Exterior sourcing and supply strategy for all of Scout's BEV production in the North American Region.
  • This role will lead a cross-matrixed team of buyers, who will have the direct responsibility to source and secure supply for all Exterior related components for Scout's BEV products in North America.
  • Additionally, the Exterior Purchasing Manager will have the responsibility to lead the development and industrialization of Scout's Exterior suppliers in North America.
  • Work together with others in the Scout team by participating in pre-souring audits to confirm acceptability of new suppliers
  • Establish sourcing strategy for assigned commodities and product groups, lead the sourcing process up to and including contract award
  • Act as program manager during the pre-production phase, ensuring that all industrialization at suppliers achieve the project requirements in terms of timing, cost, and quality
  • Evaluate and apply technical changes to parts / services, ensuring that cost, quality and delivery objectives are met
  • Lead cross-functional evaluation of suppliers' preparedness for mass-production, together with Scout Quality, Engineering, and Logistics teams
  • Prepare and execute negotiated contractual documents and nomination agreements

Location & Travel Expectations: The responsibilities of this role require attendance at in-person meetings and events regularly. This role will be based out of the Scout Motors location in Novi, MI. Applicants should expect that the role will require the ability to convene with Scout colleagues in person and travel to participate in events on behalf of the company from time to time.

What you'll bring

We expect all Scouts to have integrity, curiosity, resourcefulness, and strive to exhibit a positive attitude, as well as a growth mindset. You'll be comfortable with change and flexible in a fast-paced, high-growth environment. You'll take a collaborative approach to achieve ambitious goals. Here's what else you'll bring:

  • Bachelor's degree in relevant field (technical, business, finance)
  • 10+ years in purchasing with experience developing and executing automotive Exterior component procurement sourcing and category strategies
  • Leadership/Management experience at leading a complex international team
  • Able to manage multiple and changing activities within a high-pressure environment
  • A reputation for developing and nurturing excellent stakeholder and partner supplier relationships
  • A passion for creating something new
  • Ability to find creative solutions to complex problems
  • A collaborative approach - working as a team to achieve ambitious goals
  • Ability to communicate effectively across all levels of an organization
  • Effective negotiation experience specific to automotive Metal commodity purchasing
  • Analytical skills, ability to work independently, multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment
  • Thorough knowledge of automotive, manufacturing or related industries
  • Experience managing supplier performance
  • Program management experience
  • Proactivity, initiative and the ability to work across multiple workstreams

What you'll gain

The benefits of joining Scout include the chance to build products and a company from the ground up. This is a chance to create something new and lasting – with an iconic brand at its foundation. In addition, Scout provides competitive compensation and benefits to support your physical, mental, and financial wellbeing. Program specifics are detailed in company policies and employee benefit guides, select highlights:

  • Competitive insurance including:
    • Medical, dental, vision and income protection plans
  • 401(k) program with:
    • An employer match and immediate vesting
  • Generous Paid Time Off including:
    • 20 days planned PTO, as accrued
    • 40 hours of unplanned PTO and 14 company or floating holidays, annually
    • Up to 16 weeks of paid parental leave for biological and adoptive parents of all genders
    • Paid leave for circumstances related to bereavement, jury duty, voting time, or military leave
  • Corporate Vehicle Program with:
    • Eligibility for 1 assigned vehicle and to lease 1 vehicle at competitive rates
    • A mobility stipend

Pay Transparency

This is a full-time, exempt position eligible to receive a base salary and to participate in an annual performance bonus program. Final salary offered will be determined based on factors including but not limited to the candidate's skills and experience. The annual performance bonus program is preset and not candidate dependent.

Initial base salary range = $130,000 - $155,000

Internal leveling code: M8

Notice to applicants:

  • Residing in San Francisco: Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, Scout Motors will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.
  • Residing in Los Angeles: Scout Motors will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.
  • Residing in New York City: This role is not eligible for remote work in New York City.

Equal Opportunity

Scout is committed to employing a diverse workforce and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, disability, pregnancy, or any other characteristics protected by law. Scout is committed to compliance with all applicable fair employment practice laws.