Sourcing Lead - Materials

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As a Category Lead on our team, you will be given the challenge of leading the strategic Sourcing of plastics, fibers, metals and other chemicals supporting both internal and external consumables manufacturing. Markforged’s proprietary Materials are a key to our customer success and enable us to bring our best-in-class technical additive manufacturing products to market.  You will work with suppliers on critical engineering development programs to bring new and exciting products and materials to our customers.  You’ll also work closely with our production and manufacturing operations to ensure availability of key technical materials at the right quality and cost. 

The ideal candidate will bring strong technical materials knowledge and experience with major supply partners in a technical product environment.  We’re looking for  strong communication skills, a positive attitude, has a natural aptitude and passion toward technical materials category management. This individual needs to be self-motivated, bring deep experience within the industry, be fluent in category management, and be willing to learn and adapt within a fast-paced organization.

What will you own?
  • Develop sourcing strategies for materials categories and key materials spend areas
  • Support key qualifications of supplier materials and subcontracted processing services
  • Identify, evaluate, develop and qualify new materials supply partners for critical business needs
  • Drive continuous improvement in delivered quality levels, service and cost
  • Develop strong supplier relationships and negotiate contracts with supply partners to ensure best costs and service for Markforged
  • Annual cost savings targets and development of a strong cost savings project pipeline
  • Support Materials Sourcing needs for development programs, including supplier selection, process development, contracting, Pilot builds, materials qualification and launch planning
  • Identify, evaluate, and recommend materials suppliers as necessary to support development and production program needs
  • Drive project schedules to achieve key deliverables and project milestones that meet higher level business objectives and timelines
  • Support all materials supply needs for development programs, including supplier selection, process development, contracting, and materials qualification and launch planning
  • Help manage supply materials risk by conducting supplier risk assessments, communicating risk exposure, and developing and executing on mitigation plans 
  • Monitor supplier capacities to ensure no unexpected capacity constraints occur
  • Recommend and initiate process improvements including quality, efficiency, inventory and cost improvements

Important Note: 

Although we list out what we generally look for, we are very likely missing other attributes and skills that you have that could make you a great fit, but are not currently listed. Research has shown this especially applies to women and other marginalized groups, who tend to apply if they check 100% of every box, versus men who apply if they hit roughly 60%. The point we’re getting at, it doesn’t hurt to take a chance and apply!

What you have:
  • Passion for materials development and production Sourcing category management
  • At least 5+ years applied experience as a Senior Buyer or Category Manager with previous materials category responsibility environment, ideally with custom products and annual $10M+ spend responsibility 
  • Strong knowledge and experience with key global materials OEMs, supply partners and value-added service providers including compounding, tollgate and extrusion
  • Prior experience evaluating, developing and contracting with new supply sources in the AM materials industry,
  • Strong knowledge or material production processing methods and production 
  • Deep understanding of materials properties and factors that  influence them, as well as test and verification methods 
  • Skilled at contracting with major global materials OEM suppliers and experienced in complex commercial agreement development and related negotiations
  • Skilled at supply partner risk analysis and related mitigation strategies.
  • Experience working as a liaison between Engineering, Manufacturing, Quality and supply partners to introduce new products and lead continuous improvement projects.
  • Experience with Operations  best practices such as LEAN, Kaizen, 5S, and Six Sigma
  • Ability to independently lead cross-functional Sourcing materials projects to completion
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively across internal departments and with external partners
  • Comfortable with single-source negotiations, managing conflict, and escalating issues when appropriate
  • Highly motivated and organized individual with sharp analytical and process mindset 
  • Highly skilled in G-Suite apps
  • Demonstrated cost reduction experience and track record with a range of categories and projects
  • Enjoys challenging the status quo and sharing new ideas
  • Willing to travel periodically both domestically and internationally 
  • Thrives in a fast-paced dynamic  environment
Why Markforged?
Help us reinvent manufacturing. 
We are reinventing manufacturing so that engineers can build anything they imagine.
 
We are one team that wins together!
You will be engaging every day with passionate and dedicated individuals in a collaborative environment working towards making best-in-class products.
 
Perks & Benefits
For all US-based roles, we offer a competitive compensation package and a full suite of benefits, including medical insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, 401(k), parental leave, commuter benefits, open PTO policy, and more. Our work environment includes casual dress, a fully stocked kitchen, bike storage, free parking, weekly catered lunches, and fitness perks. You will have unlimited access to our 3D printers for professional and personal parts!
 
Please be aware that the Company requires all employees [who are required to work onsite, whether regularly or sporadically] to be vaccinated for COVID-19. This position will require the successful candidate to obtain [show proof of] a vaccination. The Company is an equal opportunity employer, and will provide reasonable accommodation to those individuals who are unable to be vaccinated consistent with federal, state, and local law.
 
Markforged values the differences among our employees and provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment. These differences include but are not limited to race, color, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age, disability, gender identity, results of genetic testing, or service in the military. This goal emphasizes the development of inclusive work environments that capitalize on each employee’s skills, experience, and unique perspectives as we strive to achieve an unparalleled standard of excellence.
 
To all recruitment agencies: Markforged does not accept agency resumes. Please do not forward resumes to our jobs alias or Markforged employees. Markforged is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.
 
 
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480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472

An Insider's view of Markforged

What are some social events your company does?

Our office has periodic happy hours and company offsite parties, as well as a weekly all-hands meeting where different teams present and lunch is served.

Daniel

Content Engineer

What does your typical day look like?

Every day for me is a little different. Typically, I'd start the day by checking on the results of some multi-day experiments or pull parts out of experimental furnace runs for our metal system. Later in the day, I'd kick off the next set of experiments, which could be something like a regular print or a special furnace run.

Michelle

Materials R&D Engineer

What makes someone successful on your team?

We're taking risks here with new technology, and we're asking our clients and partners to do a lot of the same, but we have data that shows that it's worth it. And as we move forward, we're going to continue needing the space. Be ready to move fast, learn, and adapt to changes as they come and as we scale.

Lauren

Enterprise Business Development Representative

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

For the last hundred years, machines have been unaware of what they’re creating and would happily waste millions of dollars producing out-of-spec parts. We’re going to fix that by connecting the machines that make parts, and the ones that inspect them, with a powerful AI software.

Greg Mark

Chairman of the Board

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

I think one of the most challenging things as a print systems engineer is learning all the technical and non-technical aspects of our business. We have to know a lot, kind of like a jack of all trades. We have to have our fingers on the pulse of a lot of different teams so that we have a holistic picture of what's going on.

Dalton

Print Systems Engineer

What are Markforged Perks + Benefits

Culture
Partners with Nonprofits
We sponsor a Distinguished Black Engineer scholarship and Female Engineer scholarship through Bold.Org
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
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Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Markforged provides up to 12 weeks of parental leave to eligible employees.
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Work remotely on occasion as needed - especially during COVID no one is required to be in office unless deemed essential.
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Markforged has a take what you need vacation policy.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
We have plenty of controllers for video games - and ping pong tables in both offices.
Stocked Kitchen
Snacks, hot and cold coffee, gourmet tea selection, soda, Soylent, yogurt, string cheese, fruit and veggies!
Some Meals Provided
Markforged provides free catered lunch every Tuesday.
Happy Hours
Weekly Friday happy hours and quarterly Work Anniversary Celebrations.
Parking
Free, dedicated employee parking lots.
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Markforged offers employees professional development opportunities like The ability to attend job related conferences and seminars.
Diversity Program
Promote from within
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications
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