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Date Posted May. 09, 2024 Job ID 5981605003
Job Description

Sr. Strategic Sourcing Specialist - Powertrain

Irvine, CA


Rise above. Are you ready to take human possibility to a new dimension with us?

Supernal is an Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) company that’s developing an electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicle and the ground-to-air ecosystem to support the emerging industry. By creating a sustainable, integrated, and human-centered ecosystem, we are committed to taking a thoughtful and responsible approach to entering the AAM market with a product that meets the high level of safety and reliability in today’s air transportation system.

The future of mobility starts with people. We believe in creative thinking and collaboration to help build a better mobility experience for everyone, improving people’s ability to move – whether for work or play. Join our dynamic team as we strive to be a part of something greater where potential powers tomorrow!

Supernal provides an inviting open-space workplace designed to foster collaboration, which aligns with one of our core values. This position is required to work on-site 5 days a week.

What we do:

The Sr. Strategic Powertrain Sourcing Specialist has a pivotal leadership role within our organization, driving global procurement strategies and leading complex sourcing operations. This role is instrumental in shaping the company’s future by ensuring the efficient acquisition of goods and services, both within the U.S. and internationally. Including, procurement processes (within the U.S. and globally), standards, and operational plans, including RFPs, negotiation, preparations, and cost analysis. The role partners with clients throughout the business by responding to inquiries concerning order status, modifications, or cancellations. The position is key to enabling the development of the company’s vehicles, industrial base, and broader market ecosystems. Your work will influence our operational efficiency, financial performance, and market position. This is a role for a strategic problem solver with a firm grasp of procurement processes and a vision for how they can be improved.

What you can do:

  • Source powertrain systems (Energy Storage System and Electric Prolusion Unit)
  • Coordinate internal partners and suppliers to achieve required performance and quality for each system.
  • Negotiate prices that are appropriate for areas of sourcing and development, by referring to the development schedule and production volume.
  • Contract with right terms to ensure meeting development and delivery schedule. Proactively sense delays and lead contract terms to hedge risks from a start-up perspective
  • Optimize procurement processes and systems for products and services required by Engineering and other departments (indirect procurement)
  • Design and implement RFI and RFP processes, select strategic suppliers, critically evaluate responses, and ensure seamless execution
  • Leverage advanced analytics to evaluate bids and supplier performance, driving data-driven decision making
  • Assist with development and implementation of sourcing and category strategies for different engineering verticals, ensuring alignment with overall business objectives
  • Integrate program, product and in-service strategies into comprehensive source selection, negotiation and contracting strategies
  • Negotiate and finalize contractual documents and binding agreements, including pricing and contract terms and conditions, to secure the best value for the company
  • Build and lead strategic relationships with key suppliers to cultivate collaboration and continuous improvement
  • Ensure a high level of customer satisfaction that meets or exceeds company standards through proactive engagement and effective problem resolution
  • Demonstrate responsiveness and support to the needs of internal partners, acting as a trusted advisor on procurement matters
  • Efficiently lead all assignments and administrative tasks, demonstrating strong project management skills
  • Maintain and update status tools as required, providing transparency and real-time updates on procurement activities
  • Conduct and utilize SWOT analysis to inform procurement strategies and decisions
  • Oversee supply and demand, schedules, supplier quality, delivery and financial performance, taking corrective action as needed
  • Initiate and implement supplier improvement activities and integrate results into contracting strategies, driving continuous improvement in supplier performance
  • May require up to 10% of domestic and international travel
  • Other duties as assigned

What you can contribute:

  • Bachelor's degree in business, supply chain, or similar field required
  • Aviation industry supply chain work experience required
  • Aviation OEM experience is preferred
  • Master’s degree preferred (MBA/MS) preferred
  • A minimum of five (5) years of experience in supply chain and/or procurement
  • Preferred minimum of one (1) year of experience sourcing powertrain systems (ESS and EPU)
  • Experience with ERP systems (e.g., SAP) preferred
  • Experience in advanced technology, aviation, automotive, or the mobility space with UAS or UAM preferred
  • Certification in Purchasing, Supply Chain, and/or Program Management a plus

You may also be able to contribute:

  • Agility to work in execution mode
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proactive delivery of communication and follow up
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to independently prioritize and accomplish work within time constraints
  • Self-motivated and forward-thinking
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite

Base pay offered may vary depending on skills, experience, job-related knowledge and location. This position is also eligible for a bonus as part of total compensation.

The pay range for this position is:
$135,552$190,004 USD

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Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background check. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status or any other category or class protected under applicable federal, state or local law. Individuals with disabilities may request a reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation at:

This position may include access to certain technology and/or software source code subject to U.S. export controls laws and regulations. If an export authorization from an applicable US regulatory agency is required in connection with your employment, your employment is contingent upon Supernal’s receipt of such regulatory authorization(s) and your continued compliance with all conditions and limitations pursuant to such authorization(s).