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Director of Supply Chain and Procurement



Mountain View, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2024

Who we are:

Founded in 2017, Gatik is the leader in autonomous middle mile logistics. We deliver goods safely and efficiently using medium duty trucks with a focus on short-haul, B2B logistics for Fortune 500 customers such as Walmart and Loblaw. Gatik enables our customers to optimize their hub-and-spoke operations, enhance service levels and product flow across multiple locations while reducing labor costs and meeting an unprecedented expectation for faster deliveries.

About the role:

As the Director of Supply Chain and Procurement, you will play a pivotal role in driving the strategic direction and operational excellence of Gatik's supply chain. You will be responsible for overseeing the end-to-end flow of goods and services, from sourcing and procurement to manufacturing, inventory management, and distribution. You will collaborate actively with the Engineering and Fleet Operations teams as well as external suppliers and partners to ensure we attain Freight-Only Operations and meet rising demands of our customers.

The successful candidate is familiar with a variety of autonomous vehicles, automotive, and/or supply chain concepts, practices, and procedures. They both lead and direct the work of others. Your leadership will be instrumental in ensuring the seamless integration of our autonomous trucking technology into the broader supply chain ecosystem.

This role is onsite five days per week in our Mountain View office.

What you'll do:

  • Supply Chain Strategy: Develop and execute a comprehensive supply chain strategy that aligns with Gatik's overall business objectives and growth trajectory.
    • Drive operational excellence in supply chain capabilities through a yearly strategic roadmap.
    • Implement supplier redundancy strategy; different sourcing alternatives that consider the trade-offs between cost, lead-time, inventory, and responsiveness.
  • Partner Collaboration: Collaborate with external partners, including suppliers, manufacturers, and logistics providers, to build strong and mutually beneficial relationships.
    • Manage the strategic vendor relationship as the primary commercial point of contact for Gatik and each supplier.
    • Engage in strategic negotiations to achieve favorable conditions and strong supplier partnerships.
    • Develop supplier quality program; monitor supplier performance to program deliverables and part quality. Develop and implement countermeasures as needed.
  • Sourcing and Procurement: Lead the sourcing and procurement of materials, components, and services, ensuring optimal cost, quality, and delivery.
    • Develop and maintain a sourcing strategy for all technologies, products, services and commodities in coordination with business stakeholders to meet current and future product requirements.
    • Develop a robust supplier development plan. Assess supplier manufacturing facilities and determine if the supplier is capable of meeting technical, manufacturing, and quality requirements.
  • Manufacturing and Production: Oversee the manufacturing and production processes of our autonomous trucks, optimizing efficiency and output.
    • Drive supplier PPAP timing plans, and submission and approval dates to ensure adherence/compliance to program timing.
    • Align with demand forecast for deployment of AV to Fleet Operations.
  • Inventory Management and Logistics: Implement effective inventory management practices to minimize costs, reduce waste, and ensure timely availability of goods.
    • Manage the logistics and distribution network, ensuring timely and efficient vehicles to Fleet Operations to meet rising demand of customers.
  • Data Analytics and Optimization: Leverage data analytics to gain insights into supply chain performance, identify areas for improvement, and drive continuous optimization.
    • Perform cost modeling, negotiation, and execution of part and assembly cost strategy.
    • Develop a QMS (Quality Management System) compliant with ISO 9001:2015 standards.
  • Team Leadership and Business Partnership: Build and lead a high-performing supply chain team, fostering a culture of collaboration, innovation, and accountability.
    • Act as a trusted advisor to the organization for matters pertaining to component cost including savings opportunities, supplier strategy/capabilities, and lean manufacturing.
    • Contribute as a member of the Commercialization and Operations leadership team.

What we're looking for:

  • Education: Bachelor's degree in Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Engineering, or a related field; MBA or Master's degree preferred.
  • Experience: 10+ years of progressive experience in supply chain management, with a proven track record of success in leadership roles.
  • Industry Knowledge: Deep understanding of supply chain principles, best practices, and emerging trends, preferably in the automotive or technology sector. Extensive understanding of broad global supply chain competencies including procurement, purchasing, capacity planning across the value chain, and supplier quality.
  • Technical Skills: Proficiency in supply chain management software, data analytics tools, and ERP systems.
  • Leadership: Strong leadership and team management skills, with the ability to inspire and motivate a diverse group of professionals.
  • Communication: Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, both written and verbal, with the ability to effectively interact with stakeholders at all levels.
  • Problem Solving: Proven ability to analyze complex problems, develop creative solutions, and make sound decisions under pressure.

More about Gatik:

With headquarters in Mountain View, CA and offices in Canada, Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas, Gatik is establishing new standards of success for the autonomous trucking industry every day. Visit us at Gatik for more company information and Jobs @ Gatik for more open roles.
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Taking care of our team:
At Gatik, we connect people of extraordinary talent and experience to an opportunity to create a more resilient supply chain and contribute to our environment’s sustainability. We are diverse in our backgrounds and perspectives yet united by a bold vision and shared commitment to our values. Our culture emphasizes the importance of collaboration, respect and agility.
We at Gatik strive to create a diverse and inclusive environment where everyone feels they have opportunities to succeed and grow because we know that together we can do great things. We are committed to an inclusive and diverse team. We do not discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, marital status or any legally protected status.