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Buyer - Machined Components

Company name
Space Exploration Technologies Corporation

Hawthorne, CA

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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

Buyer – Machined Components


Overall responsibilities are to support engineering and production for purchases of simple to complex CNC highly engineered machined components to manufacture SpaceX Vehicles 

Buyer will be able to:

Execute sub-commodity/commodity strategy

Source machined components and negotiate effectively to support cost, quality, and delivery commodity goals

Support long term agreement negotiations with strategic suppliers

Lead supplier quality, development, and performance teams to execute the strategic Procurement vision

Support Engineering, Production, and New Product Introduction Procurement teams when determining best value suppliers, NPI Sourcing plans, Make vs. Buy, Should Cost, Buy complete strategies, and Lead times, etc.

Build cross functional teams and champion continuous improvement initiatives for cost, quality, and delivery

Ensure continuity of supply through effective supplier management and lead escalation meetings with suppliers for parts shortages to develop recovery plan

Drive design for manufacturability reviews with support from supplier quality and engineering

Champion value add engineering projects to improve part quality, delivery, and cost

Proactively update SpaceX management and engineering teams on all critical supply issues

Develop and maintain strong supplier relationships

Visit supplier’s facilities and accurately assess technical capability, equipment, and capacity

Place purchase orders for MRP planning messages for production parts

Resolve purchase order discrepancies and invoice issues

Analyze procurement data and report metrics to improve supplier performance.

Ensure compliance with all company policies and procedures and government regulations

Basic Qualifications:

Completed bachelor’s degree in engineering, business, economics, or supply chain

3 years of technical procurement experience

Experience reading datasheets, drawings, and blueprints

Preferred Skills and Experience:

Knowledge of ERP Systems such as WarpDrive applications, SAP, or Oracle

Understand process planning, materials and processes applications, quality procedures, Teamcenter 10, inventory management, and CapEx planning

Manufacturing or production line experience

Proven track record of leadership and team building skills

Exceptional analytical, problem solving, and organizational skills.

Knowledge and skills in current technologies and applications, i.e. MS Office Suite, SQL, Access, etc.

Effective written, verbal and presentation communication skills

Ability to learn quickly and prioritize appropriately to meet customer and company needs.

Excellent customer service skills

Detail oriented, self-motivated, and able to respond quickly to a fast-moving and ever-changing environment

Conducts all activities with the highest of integrity

Additional Requirements:

Able to travel for short and extended trips as needed

Able to work long hours and weekends as needed

ITAR Requirements:

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant 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 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

Job Location

Hawthorne, CA, United States

Company Profile
SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. The company was founded in 2002 to revolutionize space technology, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets.

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