SpaceX Sr. Buyer in Redmond, Washington

Sr. Buyer

Corporate Operations - Accounting and Finance

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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 of enabling human life on Mars.

Senior Buyer We are a progressive procurement organization pushing the boundaries of traditional procurement reputation and methodologies. We are looking for individuals who can think outside the box to achieve company objectives regarding value and partnerships with our suppliers. Our organization 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 delivery. The purchasing team has aggressive objectives for 2017 that positively impact our product and bottom line. We are looking for the right person who is equipped and ready for these challenges to join our team.


  • Strategy/Sourcing:

  • Create sourcing strategies for assigned category to reduce risk and meet targets for the Purchasing Department including but not limited to payment terms, cash targets, and cost savings

  • Stakeholder Management:

  • Develop and maintain key internal stakeholder relationships to create strategic sourcing models that optimize the value of products and services that support business unit requirement to maintain continuous cost reduction programs for controllable expenditures

  • Communicate, manage, and drive compliance to category strategies. Provides solutions to a wide range of difficult problems

  • Project Management:

  • Responsible for identifying and executing cost reduction projects including planning, coordinating with stakeholders, estimating completion, and project updates

  • Analysis:

  • Responsible for advanced quantitative analysis to identify financial impacts of decisions and performance for category managed. Perform business process analysis and develop models to improve cost

  • Collaborate with stakeholders to define SLA's and KPI's for suppliers and measure the appropriate criteria, such as: delivery of business results, cost reduction, quality and timeliness of delivery

  • Conduct research, perform benchmarking, and gather market analysis for assigned categories

  • Contract Management:

  • Responsible for authoring of contract documents with the Legal Department

  • Management of contracts ensuring performance of the supplier to contract obligation

  • Understand interrelationships between contracts and terms while applying creativity and sound business reasoning to interpret application of contract to business needs

  • Negotiations:

  • Utilize negotiations to maximize value and cost savings benefit while lowering risk

  • Supplier Management:

  • Establish preferred suppliers for assigned category

  • Create and implement related management programs to develop, continuously improve, manage the performance of, and monitor KPIs of the supply base

  • Tactical Purchasing:

  • Place purchase orders and resolve blocked invoices related to assigned category

  • Performs assignments independently with instruction limited to results expected

  • Efficiency:

  • Develop and lead efforts to reduce number of transactions and for assigned category

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business or mechanical engineering

  • 2 + years of buying experience

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • GPA of 3.2 or higher

  • Technical experience including familiarity with capital equipment

  • Experience in a purchasing or supply chain role

  • Exceptional analytical and organizational skills

  • Remarkable problem solving skills

  • Ability to prioritize appropriately to meet internal customer and company needs

  • Effective written and verbal communications skills, with strong ability to communicate to all levels of internal personnel

  • Detail-oriented, self-motivated and able to respond quickly to a fast-moving and ever-changing environment

  • Conducts all activities with the highest of integrity

ITAR Requirements:To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant 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 ITAR here.

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.

Job Location

Redmond, WA, United States