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Strategic Sourcing Specialist/Buyer

Company: Proterra, Inc.
Location: Greenville
Posted on: September 20, 2022

Job Description:

About the Role - You Will:

Conduct comprehensive supply market and supplier economic analysis to formulate a strategic sourcing plan that identifies new/suitable suppliers, optimizes cost models, and proactively ensures continuity of supply.
Analyze supplier spend and develop overall supplier negotiation and engagement strategies, including maintaining strong supplier relationships, visiting suppliers' facilities, and following up with suppliers to meet committed deliverables and deadlines.
Develop suppliers to improve performance and manage supplier relationships.
Lead Contract/LTA negotiations and drive compliance, all while ensuring cost, quality, capacity, delivery, and capability are met and sustained.
Drive cost-down initiatives with engineering and finance teams by design modifications, resourcing, and pure negotiations with the supply base.
Collaborate with engineering on new product development activities to support projects, align design with our strategic supply base, and deliver products on time, at or below cost.
Support manufacturing site requirements by expediting material from suppliers and making sure that the parts are on time for the production builds.
Ensure Inventory material targets are met, working with the global inventory manager.
Identify risk areas within the supply chain and implement appropriate mitigation measures.
Resolve unclear packing slips, invoices, and memorandums to ensure prompt availability of material and timely payments to vendors.(Do we really want this person doing this?)
Be able to influence others on changes to the supply chain.
Other duties as assigned by management.
Provide regular feedback to suppliers to improve long-term and short-term performance.
Propose best value suppliers to the stakeholders, using fact-based analysis and clean sheet/should cost analysis.
Realize and identify cost savings and supply base management goals.
Be able to build long-term partnerships.
Collaborate and work closely cross-functionally with multiple departments to achieve business goals.
Analyze procurement and purchasing data.
Conduct additional tasks and prioritizes based on business needs.
Other duties as assigned by management.

-About Our Group

As strategic partners, the Materials Planning team strives to ensure that our values, culture, and engagement always allow us to do great things for our company.
We strive to provide the highest-level service and support to our clients each day.
We work collaboratively to build strong relationships with our clients, partners, and own team.
We treat each other with respect, and always try to have a little fun every day!
This position will be part of the Battery Supply chain team that supports Proterra's Manufacturing and Engineering operations.
You will report to the Sourcing Manager and collaborate with other Sourcing team members located at our headquarters in Burlingame, CA and manufacturing facilities in Los Angeles, CA and Greenville, SC.



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About You

Self-starter with the ability to adapt interpersonal styles and techniques to influence at all levels of the organization.
Customer-focused attitude, with high level of professionalism and discretion.
Highly analytical, with the ability to turn data into information and actionable recommendations. Able to maintain strict confidentiality, establish trust and credibility, and act with complete integrity.
Ability to learn quickly and adapt to a very fast-moving environment.
Detail-oriented, resourceful and diligent.
Strong time management and organizational skills.
Sound judgment and problem-solving skills.
Excellent English written and verbal communication.

Your Experience Includes

3+ years of purchasing experience, including Global Supply Chain experience
Bachelor's degree in the supply chain, business, or finance
Customer-focused attitude, with a high level of professionalism and discretion.
Strong negotiations skills. Strong time management and organizational skills.
Sound judgment and problem-solving skills
Purchasing experience with an emphasis on Major Systems (example: Power Train and Thermal) components.
Strong Microsoft Office Suite skills.
MBA in Business, Finance, and Supply Chain is a plus.
Ability to read drawings and blueprints.
Previous experience with EV technology is a plus.
Experience in Financial Accounting.
Proven track record on cost reductions initiatives and contract negotiations.



Location: Greenville, SC

Travel: -0 - 30%

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Proterra is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, providing equal employment opportunities to all Employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, including, but not limited to, lactation or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law or ordinance. Proterra participates in the Electronic Employment Verification Program (E-Verify).







Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

Keywords: Proterra, Inc., Greenville , Strategic Sourcing Specialist/Buyer, Other , Greenville, South Carolina

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