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Sr. Sourcing Specialist, Composites (Falcon)

Company: Space Exploration Technologies
Location: Hawthorne
Posted on: June 10, 2021

Job Description:

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.


Falcon 9 is the world's first orbital reusable rocket, driving down cost of space entry and making space more accessible. Our Falcon program provides assured access to space for astronauts, provider for national security payloads, and is critical for the success of Starlink satellites. This role will be integral member of our Falcon rocket strategic sourcing team and the supply chain subject matter expert for composite raw materials and composite part fabrication. Along with managing commodity and supplier strategies a large focus of this role will be eliminating any risk to hitting rate and setting up turnkey solutions to mass produce cost effective rockets.


  • Develop, lead, and execute sourcing strategies with consideration and results for end-to-end supply chain excellence through internal/external collaboration, planning, cost modeling, purchasing, manufacturing, quality assurance, logistics, integration, and reusability
  • Execute long term agreements with strategic suppliers with an emphasis on meeting and exceeding cost, quality, and delivery goals
  • Lead supplier quality, development, and performance teams to execute the strategic sourcing vision of the launch vehicle supply chain team
  • Be the "go to" resource for engineering, supply chain, production, and build reliability stakeholders
  • Determine the best value suppliers, NPI sourcing plans, make vs. buy, should cost, buy complete strategies, lead times optimization, etc.
  • Build cross functional teams internal and external to SpaceX, and champion continuous improvement initiatives to meet or exceed goals
  • Conduct design for manufacturability reviews with support from supplier quality and engineering teams
  • Champion value add value engineering projects to improve part quality and reduce cost
  • Manage a supplier bid-list with preferred suppliers. Mitigate sole/single source risk and ensure continuity of supply
  • Proactively update SpaceX management and engineering teams on all critical supply issues
  • Develop and manage strong supplier relationships and performance to a scorecard
  • Assess supplier technical capability, equipment, capacity, and risk in procurement process
  • Place POs for MRP planning messages for production parts
  • Resolve purchase order discrepancies and invoice issues
  • Analyze procurement data and report metrics


  • Bachelor's degree in supply chain, business or an engineering or science discipline
  • 2+ years of professional experience in supply chain or procurement


  • Familiarity or experience working with composites
  • Strong ability to read drawings and blueprints, with understanding of manufacturing complexity
  • Experience with technical procurement, manufacturing, or designing production components
  • APICS certification
  • Lean Six Sigma certification
  • Ability to prove a strong track record of leadership and team building
  • Remarkable problem solving skills with a bias for speed and positive impact
  • Ability to learn quickly and prioritize appropriately to meet customer and company needs
  • Exceptional analytical and organizational skills
  • Excellent customer service skills, produce exceptional work at all times, highly self-motivated
  • Effective written, verbal and presentation communication skills
  • Strong technical knowledge and skills in current technologies and applications (e.g. MS Office Suite, SQL, PowerBI, etc.)
  • Detail-oriented, and able to respond quickly to a fast-moving and ever-changing environment
  • Holds self to highest ethical standards, and conducts all activities with the highest of integrity


  • Able to travel for short and extended trips as needed
  • Able to work extended hours and weekends as needed


  • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you 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 the 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.

Keywords: Space Exploration Technologies, Hawthorne , Sr. Sourcing Specialist, Composites (Falcon), Other , Hawthorne, California

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