Buyer II at Markforged

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As a Buyer II on our team, you will be given the challenge of supporting sourcing for internal and external manufacturing that makes production and continuous improvement of our products possible.  You will work with suppliers on critical engineering development programs to bring new and exciting products and materials to market.  You’ll also work closely with our production and manufacturing operations to ensure availability of key production material at the right cost, quality and cost. 

The ideal candidate will bring strong tactical and operational procurement experience in a technical product environment.  We’re looking for strong communication and organizational ability, and a strong purchasing and sourcing foundation, ideally in a growing and scaling production environment. This individual needs to be self-motivated, bring strong experience with major supply partner management and category management, and be willing to learn and adapt in a fast-paced organization.

In this role you will…
  • Execute direct material purchase orders for internal and external manufacturing production requirements
  • Analyze, recommend, and execute purchase of components with supply risk or on allocation to protect production delivery schedules.
  • Drive the procurement component of our MRP system in collaboration with Planning
  • Develop sourcing plans and strategies for assigned categories or key spend areas.
  • Develop and maintain strong value-based relationships with key supply partners. Monitor supplier capacities to ensure no unexpected capacity constraints occur. 
  • Drive continuous improvement in delivered quality levels, service and cost.
  • Be a key player alongside Quality and Logistics in our returns process
  • Collaborate with Strategic Sourcing develop and qualify new supply sources for critical business needs.
  • Support purchases of critical development program material, including quick-term prototype requirements. Identify suppliers and expedite materials as necessary to support development program needs.
  • Support key qualifications of supplier materials and subcontracted processing services.
  • Help manage vendor risk by assisting in risk discovery processes, communicating risk exposures, and developing and executing on mitigation plans, as needed.
  • 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 we’re looking for …

  • 2-5+ years applied experience as a Buyer with s category responsibility environment, ideally with an annual $5M+ spend responsibility
  • Demonstrated procurement experience with a commodity and planning focus
  • Prior experience in working with MRP and understanding of its underlying concepts
  • Prior experience in an operations product manufacturing environment
  • Cost reduction experience in a range of categories and projects
  • Adept at Google Suite (especially Sheets and file handling), Microsoft Excel and able to learn and use various collaboration apps
  • Strong drive, insight and commitment to continuous improvement and familiarity with operations best practices such as LEAN, Kaizen, 5S, and Six Sigma
  • Attention to details is critical
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and ability to work collaboratively across teams
  • Ability to advance to higher level roles within Operations
  • Willingness to travel to regional and domestic supply partners
  • BA/BS degree or equivalent experience, preferably in business or a technical discipline
  • Highly motivated and organized individual with sharp analytical and process mindset 
  • Enjoys challenging the status quo and sharing new ideas
  • Willing to travel periodically domestically.
  • 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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Location

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
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
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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