Group Manager, Indirect Purchasing

Palo Alto, CA /
Operations – Procurement Indirect /
Full Time
This is what you’ll do:
·       Lead and mentor a team of purchasing managers in a first principles
approach to problem solving
·       Create and manage a cohesive strategy in partnership with Business
Operations related to IT, HR, business, and professional services, and
engineering and contingent labor
·       Develop and execute a strategic vision for sourcing the above Indirect
commodities needed to support business operations
·       Create and leverage strong business and professional relationships with
strategic suppliers and industry players to influence their supply chain
capabilities, efficiency, and effectiveness
·       Rely upon experience and best practice to develop innovative ways to
manage and measure suppliers for continuous improvement
·       Effectively utilize program and project management tools and techniques
·       Serve as initial point of commercial escalation for commercial issues and
claims; efficiently solve problems and make decisions for strategic execution
and tactical issues within the relevant portfolio of projects and or processes
·       Partner with Finance/Accounting to manage department budget, ensure
purchase order coverage for providers, and audit carrier invoicing to ensure
service is received at the agreed cost
·       Effectively manage multiple competing projects and deadlines
·       Motivate and collaborate within the team and across peer groups, and
present concisely and persuasively to executive management
·       7+ years relevant experience with strategic sourcing of Indirect
goods/services. Automotive and start-up experience strongly preferred
·       Experience creating complex RFQ models and processing responses into
succinct snapshots and recommendations for executive management
·       Impactful, clear communication skills – written, oral, and presentational
·       Strong knowledge of pricing models and industry trends (software, IT
hardware, telecom, HR services, financial services, engineering services,
contingent labor), industry regulations, and best practices
·       Highly organized and demonstrated ability as a strategic thinker. Ability to
prioritize multiple projects, develop effective plans, coordinate change
management, and see projects through to conclusion
·       BA / BS degree in business administration, finance, or equivalent (required);
MBA (optional)
This is where you’ll work:
Department: Supply Chain
Location: Palo Alto, CA
Rivian description:
Rivian is on a mission to keep the world adventurous forever. This goes for the emissions-free Electric Adventure Vehicles we build, and the curious, courageous souls we seek to attract. 
As a company, we constantly challenge what’s possible, never simply accepting what has always been done. We reframe old problems, seek new solutions and operate comfortably in areas that are unknown. Our backgrounds are diverse, but our team shares a love of the outdoors and a desire to protect it for future generations. 
We operate development centers in Plymouth, Michigan; Southern California (Irvine, Carson & LA); Silicon Valley (San Jose and Palo Alto); Vancouver, British Columbia; and Surrey, England; as well as a manufacturing facility in Normal, Illinois. 
Rivian is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Prohibits Discrimination and Harassment of Any Kind: Rivian is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at Rivian are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. Rivian will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics. Rivian encourages applicants of all ages.