Strategic Sourcing Manager - Commodity Management

Who We Are

SimpliSafe is a leading innovator in the DIY security industry with one mission: to make every home secure. We believe in democratizing home safety. As our co-founder Chad Laurans aptly put it, "you shouldn't have to ask permission to secure your home. You should be able to do it yourself."

SimpliSafe protects over 3 million Americans and we're growing at a rapid pace. We pride ourselves in being daring innovators, humble cooperators, and data driven thinkers. We go wherever the best idea leads us, work selflessly to get the best outcomes for our customers, and constantly analyze & reevaluate our efforts.

What You'll Do 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the supplier relationship management and performance of mechanical/electro-mechanical component suppliers
  • Strategic thinking to develop longer-range supply strategies and plans that drive significant value while meeting the business requirements
  • Partner with internal Engineering, Product Management, Quality, and Manufacturing teams to develop strategies that drive improvement throughout the product life cycle.
  • Negotiate and manage part costs, including NRE, associated with new product introduction  
  • Negotiate component assurance and compliance to product specifications and legal standards
  • Establish end-to-end partner performance measurements and scorecards and hold partners accountable to continually improve cost, quality, lead time and service to both SimpliSafe and our contract manufacturing partners
  • Work with legal team on manufacturing service agreements and ensure contract compliance
  • Identify potential new suppliers and manage supplier assessment, audits, and oversee qualifications
  • Develop, implement, and lead supplier selection process (including RFI/RFQ/RFP) for new mechanical/electro-mechanical component suppliers and other Tier 2 commodity suppliers
  • Develop AVL to maximize quality, cost savings and scalability
  • Key contributor in developing Should Cost analysis
  • Lead executive-level business reviews with critical partners at appropriate cadence
  • Align with manufacturing partners to best leverage external capabilities, and improve ordering/buffering requirements while preventing supply risks and improving flexibility of supply
  • Be a gateway of innovation from our supply base into SimpliSafe engineering teams to leverage industry to gain us leading edge technology for our new design concepts
  • Ensure appropriate leveraging of geo-diversification of supply base and multi source strategies to mitigate supply risk, and ensure appropriate competitive leverage within the supply base

What You'll Bring

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • 5+ years in managing outsourced manufacturing, Tier 2 suppliers, and development of consumer electronics
  • Enjoy working in a highly collaborative environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Enthusiastic and motivated with the ability to build relationships both internally and with key partners up to the executive level
  • Experience in contracts and contract negotiations
  • Demonstrated experience managing by influence, both with internal and external partners  
  • Experience improving supply chain and supplier performance, including the use of cost models and performance metrics in the contract manufacturing industry
  • Experience working with Asian manufacturers and traveling to manufacturing sites.  Ability to travel internationally up to 30%
  • Bachelor’s Degree in ME, EE, IE, Business, or Supply Chain Management 

Nice-to-haves: 

  • Master’s degree in Mechanical/Electrical/Industrial Engineering or MBA
  • Language skills with the ability to speak/read Manderine/Chinese
  • Strong understanding of geo-political and global trade influences within Asia

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