Head of Supply Chain

Palo Alto
Hardware
Full-time
Lighthouse is an AI software and hardware company that is bringing the technology of the self-driving car into the home. With use of 3D sensors, machine learning and artificial intelligence, we have created the only interactive assistant that can tell you everything you want to know about your life at home in an instant, from anywhere.We are rapidly expanding and are looking for a Supply Base Manager to help us source competitive hardware at competitive prices, manage procurement and be the primary interface to the company’s supply base.

Relationship Management:

    • Continuously drive suppliers to increase partnership, performance, scalability, and value-add to Lighthouse’s objectives
    • Coordinate creation of contractual agreements as needed, e.g. NDA, MSA, SOW
    • Work with engineering to create RFP packages and objectively evaluate bids
    • Negotiate favorable cost, warranty, and delivery terms for finished goods
    • Be the primary escalation point for engineering when conflicts arise and drive to closure any component/system quality issues, and associated disputes
    • Assure suppliers maintain high service level, including technical support to engineering teams, and general attention to the business
    • Travel to Asia-based suppliers for periodic business reviews

Material Status:

    • Assess and mitigate material risks with focusing on quality, schedule, and cost
    • Track clear-to-build (CTB) status of production materials with turnkey contract manufacturers
    • Work side-by-side the hardware engineering team to understand needs and specific requirements for development builds
    • Track production schedules, and resolve barriers to align output with target schedules, including material expedite, capacity ramp, etc.
    • Maintain organized reporting of expenditures, costs, material and production schedules, excess liability, and component lead times
    • Track consigned material inventory and collaborate with the Finance team to properly account for consumption

Material Cost:

    • Validate BOM costs directly with sub-tier component/module suppliers
    • Negotiate and/or competitively quote materials to reduce cost
    • Collaborate with engineering teams to modify designs and/or qualify alternatives for cost, quality, or supply continuity improvement

Order Management:

    • Set up new suppliers in both Company and contract manufacturer ERP systems
    • Generate purchase orders for production and materials/tooling for development
    • Coordinate with Finance to track liabilities and payment status of any material or finished goods
    • Reconcile invoicing errors as they arise with finance and engineering (ensure Lighthouse receives what it’s invoiced for)
    • Generate new processes as needed to support expansion of the business

Why Join Lighthouse?

    • Incredibly intelligent, passionate team (headed by alums from Sebastian Thrun's Stanford lab, Google, Amazon, Apple and Nest)
    • Groundbreaking work
    • Fully paid Medical, Dental, Vision benefits
    • Meaningful equity in an early stage company
    • Well-funded
    • 3 meals a day, 5 days a week
    • Working out ofPlayground- the workspace of the future