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.
About the role:
You'll develop and execute commodity sourcing strategies of increasing scale
for high-quality drone components. Emphasis on sourcing components and tooling
for Mechanical manufacturing technologies and processes for precision custom
mechanics (e.g., Custom Mechanical & Electro-Mechanical Sub-Assemblies, UAV
Motors, and Custom Components from Injection Molding, CNC Machining, Die
Casting, Metal Extrusions, Fasteners, Composites, Liquid Silicone Rubber
Molding, and Precision Metal Stamping & Forming technologies.)
In addition, this role will require support and ownership of developing the
company Supply Chain and Sourcing processes and tools. Management and
improvement of existing suppliers and developing new suppliers with access to
new technologies will also be a factor in this role.
How you'll make an impact:
Develop clear technology and commodity roadmaps for current and future
programs. Be the liaison between supply chain and engineering for supplier
and component selection during NPI and sustaining projects. Identify new
high potential suppliers on a global basis.
Cultivate productive relationships with supply chain partners including
vendor selection, cost, support, and product transactions. Ownership of
RFI's, RFP's and RFQ's and the review process and business award decisions
ensuring all commercial terms are agreed and documented.
Drive price negotiation processes to ensure that Skydio's commodity
pricing is best in class. Analyze current spend and evaluate current
suppliers. Maintain commodity consumption forecasts and associated plans
of execution. Consolidate spend across the supply base to create leverage,
analyze purchasing trends, and develop sourcing alternatives. Monitor
current market conditions, technology roadmaps, and identify supply/demand
challenges & opportunities.
Work with finance and accounting during monthly close and financial
planning cycles with component pricing costs and forecasts and custom
Identify and manage supplier performance metrics of Supplier Technology
availability and competence, Component Quality, Supply, and Cost required
to ensure best in class supply chain.
What makes you a good fit:
Flexibility to work and achieve goals in a fast-paced start-up environment
with an ability to adapt to changing circumstances.
Detail-oriented, team-oriented, with enthusiasm for learning new things.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong ethics and
Technical & commercial experience in mechanical component surface
treatments (e.g, corrosion resistant, decoration, and RF performance
coatings of plastics and metals.)
Experience with Tooling Capacity Management, Tooling Unit Cost targets,
and Supplier Capacity Management.
Strength in directing complex negotiations, RFP issues, cost/price
analysis, RFP/Q review and Business Award process, and purchasing
Experience using cost models to define should-cost and negotiating price
for sourcing and cost reduction.
Experience in Supplier Contract, T&Cs, MSA, SOW, and NDA negotiation,
management and ownership.
Experience with Facilitation of ESI (Early Supplier Involvement) between
Supplier, Program design, sourcing, and procurement resources.
Ability to prepare and present quantitative and qualitative comparative
analysis of sourcing alternatives.
Ability to manage respective supplier relationships and performance,
including but not limited to, dispute resolution.
Interest in keeping up with emerging technologies spanning consumer
electronics, aerospace, and robotics, and new and developing mechanical
component manufacturing processes and materials.
The annual base salary range for this position (spanning multiple
experience levels) is $145,000 - 175,000. 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
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
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
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