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Senior Manager, Central Procurement

Company: Rocket Lab
Location: Long Beach
Posted on: May 14, 2022

Job Description:

From missions to the Moon & Mars, to looking for life on Venus, Rocket Lab has opened up a solar system of possibilities for innovation, exploration and infrastructure in space to make for a better world down here on Earth. At Rocket Lab, our employees have a once in a lifetime opportunity to work on cutting edge projects and leave their footprint in history.

Rocket Lab has vertically integrated to become the world's leading end-to-end space company. From space software, separation systems, solar panels, reaction wheels, and in-house 3D engine builds, anything that goes to space will have a Rocket Lab logo on it.

With our Electron rocket and Photon spacecraft, we've simplified space, making it easy and affordable to get your ideas to orbit. And with the development of our re-usable rocket, Neutron, we will have the capabilities for mega constellation deployment, high value payloads, deep-space missions and human spaceflight come 2024.

Rocket Lab has the only private orbital launch site in the world and has become the leader in reliable small satellite launch. The satellites we build and launch are enabling innovation and exploration, they're keeping countries connected and borders protected, they're monitoring weather and managing waste, they're providing insights on climate change, and helping us manage resources for future generations. While other companies talk about it, we do it!

Based at Rocket Lab's headquarters in Long Beach, California, the Senior Manager of Central Procurement will be responsible for building and managing our global Central Procurement Office. The Central Procurement Office will manage all indirect material sourcing, purchasing, and contract management, for our growing global company. With locations in three countries and 12 sites (and growing), it is an exciting time to join the Rocket Lab team and lead/build our Central Procurement Office for indirect procurement.

What you'll get to do:

Responsible for managing the procure to pay process for indirect material procurement
Responsible for managing team of Buyers across multiple sites
Responsible for working with multiple sites, understanding their indirect procurement needs, and developing executable strategies to support needs
Responsible for developing procurement strategies to eliminate or mitigate key risks in the Supply Chain
Monitor market trends, competitor strategies and market suppliers
Negotiate pricing with suppliers to reduce total cost
Manage indirect suppliers for Cost, Quality, and Delivery
Accountable for ensuring supplier master data within MRP is accurate
Work in a cross functional team environment as a strong team player and demonstrate ability to work with other functional groups to achieve company-wide goals.

You'll bring these qualifications:
Bachelor's degree in engineering, business, supply chain, or other relevant field
10+ years of related experience in purchasing, with management experience in fast-paced environment
Proven ability to source, onboard, and contract pricing agreements with suppliers
Proven ability to define team strategy, and build operating plans to achieve vision and long-term goals.
Ability to travel domestically and internationally up to 20% of time

These qualifications would be nice to have:
Strong organizational and problem-solving skills, with the ability to prioritize effectively and efficiently
Excellent verbal and written communication abilities
Team oriented, strong ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment and to multiple deadlines
Proficient in SQL and MRP systems
Experience in managing remote resources across multiple sites
Prior experience in rapid growth environment
Experience with AS9100, ITAR export controls, EAR, and FAR
Experience in negotiating large contracts for facilities, IT, and large CapEx purchases
US Citizen preferred

Collaboration is at our core - every idea is heard, and everyone makes a difference. We do what we say we're going to do, we are fiercely efficient and best of all, we build beautiful things.

Important Information:
To conform to US Government space technology export regulations, applicants must be a US citizen, lawful permanent resident of the US, protected individual as defined by 8 USC 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorization from the US Department of State.
Rocket Lab USA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, employment with Rocket Lab USA 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

Important Information:
To conform to US Government space technology export regulations, applicants must be a US citizen, lawful permanent resident of the US, protected individual as defined by 8 USC 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorization from the US Department of State.

Rocket Lab USA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, employment with Rocket Lab USA 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.

Keywords: Rocket Lab, Long Beach , Senior Manager, Central Procurement, Executive , Long Beach, California

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