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Manager, Materials Program Management

Company: Skydio
Location: San Mateo
Posted on: May 26, 2023

Job Description:

Skydio is the leading US drone company and the world leader in autonomous flight, the key technology for the future of drones and aerial transportation. The Skydio team combines deep expertise in artificial intelligence, best-in-class hardware and software product development, and operational excellence to empower a broader, more diverse audience of drone users - from action sports enthusiasts to first responders to insurance claims adjusters.

As the team manager, you'll lead the materials management and procurement (buyers) to scale production, sustain and end-of-life of high-quality drone components. In addition, this role will require support and ownership of developing the company's materials management processes and tools. It is critical to lead and improve existing internal processes and develop new policies to enable our growth.

How you'll make an impact:

  • Lead and grow the Materials Management team (Purchasing/Buyers, and Material Program Managers)
  • Develop, implement, and lead all material management operations, aiming to ensure the right availability of the right product at the right place and time. These processes include but are not limited to Purchasing (buyers desk) to support all in-house manufacturing as well as consigned materials and material management through program lifecycle from NPI to Sustaining to EOL.
  • Establish, communicate, and implement long term goals HW ops, to promote effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Develop and implement Supply Chain Operations policies, procedures, and processes
  • Work closely with the cross functional teams to continuously improve the Ops policies and procedures, to enhance organizational value and efficiency
  • Develop and manage the performance metrics, including but not limited to On Time delivery, Material availability, Inventory accuracy in support of Skydio corporate goals.
  • Plan, schedule and manage various purchased materials for programs.
  • Effectively communicate material requirements and program timelines/milestones to external suppliers
  • Work with external suppliers to establish the appropriate delivery schedules for individual components, specifying quantity and frequency targeting on-time delivery; coordinate with Supply Chain team and Logistics as needed.
  • Identify supply chain risks and mitigation steps to ensure material readiness
  • Communicate status and risks regularly. Escalate in a timely manner
  • Own the leadership communication on the program to all key stakeholders: program management, PMI, engineering & supply chain
  • Ensure BOM accuracy by working with engineering, PMI and document control team
  • Maintain accurate MRP data to reflect confirmed delivery quantities and due dates from suppliers, validate, troubleshoot and resolve discrepancies
  • Collaborate with Supply Chain and Engineering to support material changes and plan for new material and minimize obsolescence of old material
  • Provide ongoing transparency of inventory levels and ensure continuous inventory accuracy
  • Work fluidly in a highly cross-functional team environment involving manufacturing, program management, product development teams, design engineers, supply chain, production control and logistics teams
  • Look for opportunities to identify and drive improvement projects/ processes
  • Generate and publish performance metrics on the program
  • Travel: limited What makes you a strong fit:
    • Bachelor's degree in Supply Chain, Business, or Operations. Master's degree preferred
    • 8 to 10 of related experience, ideally in Aerospace and/or Automotive industry
    • 3 to 5 years of supervisory experience
    • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and prioritize tasks based on demand is required
    • Ability to present material status effectively in weekly program/executive meetings is required
    • Results oriented and metrics driven leader, with Significant hands-on experience in materials management, production planning, material scheduling, and/or purchasing in a manufacturing environment is required
    • Strong communication skills
    • Ability to work in a fast paced and highly regulated environment
    • Outstanding team building and leadership skills
    • Teamplayer
    • Open-minded, collaborative and team-oriented attitude is required
    • Self-motivation and resourcefulness are required
    • Ability to solve problems in a fast-paced work environment with minimal supervision is required
    • Strong work ethic required
    • Strong analytical capabilities, including ability to optimize delivery costs and inventory levels, are desired
    • Knowledge of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software and ERP systems is a plus Compensation Range:
      • The annual base salary range for this position (spanning multiple experience levels) is $144,500 - 195,500*. Compensation will vary based on factors, including skill level, proficiencies, transferable knowledge, and experience. In addition to base salary, Skydio full-time employees are eligible to enroll in our benefit plans and take advantage of a variety of incentives and stipends.
        *For some positions the pay may be dependent upon the individual's regional location.

        At Skydio we believe that diversity drives innovation. We have created a multidisciplinary environment that embraces the power of diverse perspectives to create elegant solutions for complex problems. We are committed to growing our network of people, programs, and resources to nurture an inclusive culture.

        As such, we do not make hiring or other employment-related decisions on the basis of an applicant or employee's race, color, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship, sex/gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), gender identity or expression, age, religion, disability status, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition, genetic information or characteristics, veteran, military or family status, or other classifications protected by applicable federal, state or local anti-discrimination laws.

        For positions located in the United States of America, Skydio, Inc. uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit

Keywords: Skydio, San Mateo , Manager, Materials Program Management, Professions , San Mateo, California

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