Global Supply Manager – Indirect Materials

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The Company

Astra’s mission is to improve life on Earth from space by creating a healthier and more connected planet. Astra delivered its first commercial payload into Earth orbit in 2021, making it the fastest company in history to reach this milestone, just five years after it was founded in 2016. By achieving monthly, then weekly, then daily launch, we'll create the infrastructure services our customers need in space to build a healthier and more connected planet. If you're excited by a sense of possibility, the chance to innovate, and make a difference here on Earth, we think you should work here too.

The Team

The Supply Chain team provides the company with the resources necessary to execute on its mission. This includes sourcing the supply of materials and services required to build our products and operate the business; facilitating inbound and outbound movement of materials; and managing timely delivery of materials and services to our internal stakeholders.

The Opportunity

As a Global Supply Manager for Indirect, you will have the opportunity to gain deep functional knowledge about the rocket vehicle and establish relationships with our strategic suppliers.

This role has a broad scope which will allow you to develop new skills and knowledge throughout your day-to-day tasks. Your workday will be fast-paced filled with different tasks each day requiring you to be adaptive and ready to learn. You will work closely with the team and be able to communicate ideas and information fearlessly to meet our cost, quality, and production targets. You will become an expert in the vehicle assemblies and manufacturing processes. You will negotiate multimillion dollar contracts that will help make the economics of daily space deliveries a reality.

How You'll Fulfill Your Mission

  • Lead the development of strategic sourcing plans for Indirect Supply Chain categories such as professional services, indirect materials, MRO, IT and telecom & capital.
  • Establish key relationships with strategic suppliers, gaining a deep understanding of their growth plans.
  • Influence decision making at all levels and support various business stakeholders and cross functional teams and supplier engagement sessions to drive results in alignment with the strategy.
  • Execute RFQ’s for designated categories to determine supplier capabilities, risks, pricing, and services focusing on total cost of ownership.
  • Perform quantitative analysis, including total cost of ownership assessments, to identify financial impacts of decisions and performance across the categories managed.
  • Develop and manage key procurement and supply chain metrics – cost, delivery, quality performance and risk management.
  • Influence internal and external capacity expansion decisions that will support our growth trajectory.
  • Execute tasks efficiently while emphasizing attention to detail. Maintain flexibility throughout the day in order to align with changing priorities.
  • Communicate status of tasks with the team frequently in order to highlight blockers or issues affecting scheduled delivery dates.
  • Assist in the development, documentation and implementation of policies and procedures.


  • 5+ years of purchasing or supplier management experience for complex hardware products
  • Ability to understand and interpret CAD & assembly drawings for accurate quote and fabrication by our suppliers
  • Demonstrated experience negotiating supplier pricing, forecasting, and supply agreements
  • Strong understanding of mechanical design, electrical design, production, and manufacturing operations
  • Excellent analytical and creative problem-solving abilities to understand and facilitate complex supply chain decision making
  • Ability to effectively communicate, both internally and externally, with customers and suppliers
  • Effective organizational skills and ability to simultaneously work on a variety of tasks and understand the priorities to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work well with others and on cross functional teams, self-motivated/directed, and driven to achieve organizational goals and objectives
  • BS/MS in engineering, business administration, or other related technical field

Desired Multipliers

  • Certification in Purchasing, Supply Chain, additional education and a master’s degree in Business, Finance, Economics, Accounting or other related technical field
  • Good negotiating skills combined with knowledge of procurement and contractual law are preferred

ITAR Requirements: This position requires compliance with U.S. Government space technology  trade restrictions, specifically the International Trafficking in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and additional regulations governing satellite, launch vehicle, missile, and other related technologies.  All jobs restricted by these regulations will be contingent upon the applicant’s status as a documented U.S. Person or their ability to receive a trade license from the cognizant government agency; in addition to any required company background checks and in compliance with applicable U.S. and California laws.  Similarly, positions requiring the ability to work on government contracts or a security clearance are also contingent upon the applicants ability to receive the appropriate clearance and be allowed to work on U.S. government contracts.

You do not need to match every listed expectation to apply for this position. Here at Astra, we know that diverse perspectives foster the innovation we need to be successful, and we are committed to building a team that encompasses a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and skills.

San Francisco Applicants: Astra will consider applicants with arrest and conviction records (criminal histories) in a manner consistent with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.


United States, Alameda, CA

Posted 4 months ago

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