Commodity Manager

Watertown, MA
Operations – Supply Chain
Full-time
Markforged, located in Watertown, MA, is growing at an rapidly and we’re looking for a highly-motivated and experienced individual who thrives in a fast-paced, high-growth environment to support our team. Join our motivated and talented Sourcing team as we deliver thousands of advanced composite and metal 3D printers to our customers around the world. We strive to manage the complexity of our internal and external supply partners with precision. We move fast, appreciate creative solutions, and scale with our hyper-growing business needs. We value good ideas from anyone, learn from our own mistakes, aren’t into internal politics, appreciate a sense of humor, and aspire to be the best sourcing team in the industry!

As a Commodity Manager on our team, you will be given the challenge of supporting sourcing for internal and external manufacturing that makes production and continuous improvement of our products possible.  You will work with suppliers on critical engineering development programs to bring new and exciting products and materials to market. You’ll also work closely with our production and manufacturing operations to ensure availability of key production material at the right cost, quality and cost.

If this sounds like you, please keep reading…

In this role you will:

    • Develop sourcing plans and strategies for assigned categories or key spend areas
    • Support key qualifications of supplier materials and subcontracted processing services
    • Identify, evaluate and develop and qualify new supply sources for critical business needs
    • Drive continuous improvement in delivered quality levels, service and cost
    • Negotiate pricing and contracts with supply partners to ensure best costs for Markforged and to drive year over year productivity
    • Support purchases of critical development program material, including quick-term prototype requirements
    • Identify suppliers and expedite materials as necessary to support development program needs
    • Help manage vendor risk by assisting in risk discovery processes, communicating risk exposures, and developing and executing on mitigation plans, as needed
    • Develop and maintain strong value-based relationships with key supply partners
    • Monitor supplier capacities to ensure no unexpected capacity constraints occur
    • Recommend and initiate process improvements including quality, efficiency, inventory and cost improvements
    • Execute purchase orders for production needs, including direct materials for internal and external manufacturing
    • Analyze, recommend, and execute purchase of components with supply risk or on allocation to protect production delivery schedules

What we look for:

    • Demonstrated sourcing experience with a commodity and category focus
    • Supplier evaluation and development experience in new categories
    • Experience developing and leading cross-functional sourcing qualification projects
    • Prior experience in an operations product manufacturing environment
    • Demonstrated cost reduction experience in a range of categories and projects
    • Adept at Excel, Google Sheets, and able to learn and use various collaboration apps
    • Strong drive, insight and commitment to continuous improvement  
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills and ability to work collaboratively
    • Ability to advance to higher level roles within Sourcing and Operations
    • Willingness to travel and work with multicultural supply partners
    • BA/BS degree or equivalent experience, preferably in business or a technical discipline

Why Markforged?

    • At Markforged, we have a culture that values learning, objective data-driven decision making
    • We learn from failure and are not afraid to keep trying after others have given up
    • We are a team of talented individuals and are looking to grow with enthusiastic individuals who share our vision of improving how the world innovates
    • We offer a competitive compensation package and a full suite of benefits, including medical insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, 401(k), parental leave, commuter benefits, open PTO policy, and more
    • Our work environment includes casual dress, a fully stocked kitchen, bike storage, free parking, weekly catered lunches, and fitness perks
Markforged values the differences among our employees and provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment. These differences include but are not limited to race, color, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age, disability, gender identity, results of genetic testing, or service in the military. This goal emphasizes the development of inclusive work environments that capitalize on each employee’s skills, experience, and unique perspectives as we strive to achieve an unparalleled standard of excellence.

To all recruitment agencies: Markforged does not accept agency resumes. Please do not forward resumes to our jobs alias or Markforged employees. Markforged is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.