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Global Supply Manager



South San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, August 24, 2023

About Zipline

Do you want to change the world? Zipline is on a mission to transform the way goods move. Our aim is to solve the world’s most urgent and complex access challenges by building, manufacturing and operating the first instant delivery and logistics system that serves all humans equally, wherever they are. From powering Rwanda’s national blood delivery network and Ghana’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution, to providing on-demand home delivery for Walmart, to enabling healthcare providers to bring care directly to U.S. homes, we are transforming the way things move for businesses, governments and consumers. The technology is complex but the idea is simple: a teleportation service that delivers what you need, when you need it. Through our technology that includes robotics and autonomy, we are decarbonizing delivery, decreasing road congestion, and reducing fossil fuel consumption and air pollution, while providing equitable access to billions of people and building a more resilient global supply chain.
Join Zipline and help us to make good on our promise to build an equitable and more resilient global supply chain for billions of people.

About You and The Role

The hardware that supports our global operations is growing and scaling. We need a Global Supply Manager who is excellent at strategizing, sourcing, managing, and driving a supply base that enables us to scale effectively while considering cost, capacity, quality and design efficiency. You will work cross-functionally with the engineering, operations, and manufacturing teams to make high-level, high-impact decisions that influence the overall strategic direction of Zipline’s operations. As a sourcing and supply chain subject matter expert, you will own the relationships with internal and external partners that impact decision-making around design for manufacturing. Your leadership will guide internal stakeholders to make thoughtful decisions and increase the rate at which Zipline can make an impact.

What You'll Do

  • Own new product and technology areas for Zipline from a commercial and supply chain perspective.
  • Source and qualify suppliers for Zipline technology to successfully set up Zipline’s scaled manufacturing and global operations of our next generation hardware.
  • Understand and help drive internal decisions of the design, function, and operation of Zipline systems and equipment.
  • Develop and manage successful global supplier relationships.
  • Build scalable processes and trust with the engineering, manufacturing, logistics, and global operations teams.
  • Fully execute on commercial contract negotiation with suppliers that are aligned with Zipline’s long term strategy and direction.

What You'll Bring

  • You have a minimum of 3+ years of proven experience with the experience of developing a real product from a design to a mass production phase. Design->Qualify->Scale->Sustain–>End of Life.
  • You have a strategic orientation as well as a track record of actually delivering on products that see the light of day.
  • Your personal brand anchors on being self-motivated, making things happen, and taking pride in what you do.
  • You are willing to get in the weeds and dive headfirst into Zipline’s UAV technology and operations.
  • You can communicate effectively and build strong relationships with internal stakeholders and external teams.
  • You have the grit, resourcefulness, and resilience to thrive in novel, uncertain and constantly-changing business and regulatory environments.

What Else You Need to Know

This role is based out of our South San Francisco HQ with minimum of 4 days a week in office. Must be eligible to work in the US and travel globally as needed.

Zipline is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion or religious creed, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, military or veteran status, citizenship, or other characteristics protected by state, federal or local law or our other policies.
We value diversity at Zipline and welcome applications from those who are traditionally underrepresented in tech. If you like the sound of this position but are not sure if you are the perfect fit, please apply!