Senior Manager, Purchasing

| Phoenix – Mesa – Scottsdale, AZ
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This opportunity is located in Tucson, AZ.
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Company Overview

Come join a higher calling and find a deeper purpose!   

As a multi-national Artificial Intelligence Technology Company, we are at the epicenter of the Autonomous Vehicle Universe. Our breakthroughs are leading the industry in autonomous trucking.  

While inventing the framework of Autonomous Driving, our current fleet of autonomous Trucks are helping communities receive much-needed supplies and medical equipment around the clock.   Our people are some of the most talented engineers and contributors who are leaving behind a historic legacy.  

TuSimple was founded half a decade ago with the goal of bringing the top minds in the world together to achieve the dream of a driverless truck solution. With a foundation in computer vision, algorithms, mapping, and Artificial Intelligence, TuSimple is working to create the first global commercially viable Autonomous Freight Network. 


Opportunity Overview 

TuSimple’s Senior Manager, Purchasing leads all aspects of our strategic sourcing and corresponding processes.

In this role, the Senior Manager, Purchasing operates as the conduit, connecting Engineering, Product, Programs, Quality, Manufacturing and Indirect Purchasing, owning commodity strategies, supplier selection, RFQ’s and negotiations. The incumbent will develop, implement, and continuously refine TuSimple’s global supply chain roadmap, partnering cross-functionally to facilitate and drive change management in execution of the roadmap, while ensuring alignment with business needs for development and industrialization programs,

Additional areas of focus include development, implementation and optimization of business intelligence and analytics requirements, systems, process, tools, and metrics, as it relates to supply chain and procurement and audit compliance,.

Join us and be a part of excellence!


Role Responsibilities

  • Develops, implements and continuously refines TuSimple’s sourcing plan in line with the business and program objectives (development and industrialization). Owns the overall RFI/RFP/RFQ process with the suppliers incorporated into the sourcing plan.
  • Responsible to lead/assist in negotiations with suppliers to achieve the sourcing plan objectives, and/or the business objectives and resolve disputes. Responsible for creating the sourcing comparative analysis, ensuring cross functional feedback has been incorporated.
  • Negotiates/assists contracts, T&C’s, deliverables for materials procured (advanced product development and industrialization). Partners across the business to develop, implement, own, and execute Master Service Agreements (MSA) and Scopes of Work (SOW) templates relative to Supplier sourcing.
  • Manages and develops the supply base, negotiates and measures performance, monitors performance, and manages supplier risks. Integrates overall supplier performance from cross functional team members into the long term commodity strategies and develops deep supplier relationships/partnerships. Monitor financial health of the supply base, evaluate risk, and develop countermeasures.
  • Operates as a leader across Purchasing project teams to support the development and implementation of processes and system changes which drive impactful business results.
  • Partners across the business (including Finance, Quality, Legal, and other Supply Chain teams) to ensure compliance with necessary regulations, quality frameworks, and internal controls. Comply with all applicable laws/policies governing the buyer/seller relationship and conduct business in an ethical way to represent the company in the best possible manner.
  • Provides strong leadership in the recruitment, training and development of top-quality talent, ensuring the high level of performance and productivity. Builds morale, motivates and instills productivity and teamwork, creates and promotes a positive and supportive work environment. Creates a culture of continuous improvement for processes, systems, data, training, people, etc.

Experience & Skills Required

  • High School Diploma or above in Management, Business, Engineering, Production, Supply Chain, Inventory Management, or a related field.  
  • 8 years Procurement experience, including:
    • 2 year experience leading a team of Supply Chain/Procurement professionals, and
    • 3 years experience leading the development and implementation of Procurement/Supply Chain processes and systems.
  • Proven excelling with building and improving processes and promoting quality
  • Deep understanding of supply chain principles and processes, including supply/demand planning, safety stock, lead-time, transportation, and warehousing
  • Superior knowledge of purchasing practices, including methods of establishing costs, selling prices, terms, and general knowledge of business law (e.g. Mutual Non-Disclosure Agreements) relative to procurement practices and inventory management
  • Advanced knowledge of sourcing and materials management systems and processes
  • Ability to analyze Bills of Materials, Master Schedules, Excess and Obsolete Inventory Reports, in order to collect, analyze and summarize information and trends
  • Strong knowledge of, or experience with, Spend Analytics, Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) Modelling, SensitivityAnalysis,Leverage Management, Change Management, Risk Management, Conflict Resolution, and Stakeholder Management
  • Versed in different agreements and pricing structures paired with strong mathematical, financial acumen
  • Ability to read and understand legal contract terms. Familiarity with financial management of contracts including understanding business cases, understanding contract cost structures, support and maintenance costs structures, and negotiating savings/reductions in costs for contracts. Able to analyze costs and financial risks relating to contracts
  • Ability to read and understand engineering components and assembly drawings
  • Solid understanding of automotive and technical parts
  • Superior knowledge of shipping and receiving requirements and procedures
  • Excellent project management skills, with the ability to work to deadlines and successfully lead multiple initiatives. Understanding of Lean Management, Agile, SCRUM, and continuous improvement best practices, principles and methodologies
  • Ability to analyze large volumes of complex data and distill it down to provide timely insights and actionable intelligence
  • In depth understanding of ERP systems, processes, and databases, as it relates to materials/procurement modules
  • Proven ability to conduct data mining analysis and reporting through ERP and other Procurement/Supply chain systems, identifying discernable patterns and trends, as well as associated implications
  • Proven ability to design User Front-End Applications for Manufacturing and Supply Chain
  • Proficient CRM systems, Excel/google sheets, and Contract Management tools and systems
  • Familiarity with compliance and audit standards, including SOX, as it relates to Procurement.
  • Proven success with change management and driving initiatives that produce positive business impact.
  • Entrepreneurial self-starter, with proven ability to effectively work in ambiguous environments and support continuous improvement
  • Intellectually curious with a strong bias to action
  • High degree of dedication to improvement, strong sense of ownership
  • Data-driven, fact-based decision maker with established understanding of business implication
  • Divergent thinker with a fervent need to deliver creative solutions that drive the business forward
  • Highly resourceful, a demonstrated history of independently locating information and resources necessary to accomplish objectives
  • Proven ability to quickly build trust and rapport with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders
  • Strong ability to lead, inspire and motivate a team to effectively and efficiently accomplish goals .Ability to create a sense of “team” despite different time zones, locales and cultures.
  • Demonstrated ability to de-construct complex issues into straight-forward concepts and present recommendations that successfully navigate to resolution, in an organized and methodical framework
  • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills. Capable of listening and obtaining clarification, changing approach or method to best fit the situation. Able to effectively partner with cross-functional teams to coordinate activities and accomplish goals
  • Strong presentation skills with the ability to confidently present to senior management.
  • Proven ability to effectively influence the actions and opinions of others at all levels of the organization, including senior leadership/C-Suite. Able to effectively and respectfully challenge the status quo and drive change.
  • Proven track record of successfully building and streamlining workflows and processes that promote quality
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple concurrent assignments while meeting deadlines and demanding quality execution
  • Proven ability to seamlessly fluctuate work approach between being detail oriented/ hands on and operating at the conceptual/strategic level
  • Proven ability to work in a matrix organization, tech start-up experience preferred
  • Ability to maintain steady leadership throughout aggressive deadlines, changing priorities, and evolving operations, as common to progressive start-up environments

TuSimple Benefits

  • 100% employer-paid healthcare premiums for you and your family
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner served every day
  • Full kitchens on every floor with unlimited snacks, drinks, special treats, fruits, meals, and more
  • Gym membership reimbursement
  • Monthly team building budget
  • Learning/education budget  
  • Employer-paid life insurance
  • Employer-paid long and short disability

TuSimple is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This company does not discriminate in employment and personnel practices on the basis of race, sex, age, handicap, religion, national origin, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law. Hiring, transferring and promotion practices are performed without regard to the above-listed items.

This opportunity is located in Tucson, AZ.
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TuSimple operates in the Automotive industry. The company is located in San Diego, CA. TuSimple was founded in 2015. It has 798 total employees. To see all 384 open jobs at TuSimple, click here.
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