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Senior Manager, Supplier Integration - Electrical, Instrumentation and Control

Commonwealth Fusion Systems

Commonwealth Fusion Systems

Other Engineering
Devens, MA, USA
Posted on Thursday, April 18, 2024
Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS) has the fastest, lowest cost path to commercial fusion energy.
CFS collaborates with MIT to leverage decades of research combined with groundbreaking new high-temperature superconducting (HTS) magnet technology. HTS magnets will enable compact fusion power plants that can be constructed faster and at lower cost. Our mission is to deploy these power plants to meet global decarbonization goals as fast as possible. To that end, CFS has assembled a team of leaders in tough tech, fusion science, and manufacturing with a track record of rapid execution. Supported by the world’s leading investors, CFS is uniquely positioned to deliver limitless, clean, fusion power to combat climate change. To implement this plan, we are looking to add dedicated people to the team who treat people well, improve our work by adding multifaceted perspectives and new ways of solving problems, have achieved outstanding results through a range of pursuits, and have skills and experience related to this role.
The role of the Supplier Integration Management team is to integrate suppliers into the SPARC project from the early stages of product design, ensure flawless execution of the procurement contracts and optimize schedule, cost, and quality.
The Sr Manager, Supplier Integration leads the team in charge of supply chain activities for Electrical Systems and Instrumentation & Control (I&C): strategic sourcing, tactical procurement and supplier management. They build and develop the team of the buyers, procurement engineers and Supplier Integration Managers embedded within the project teams and are accountable for meeting the internal customers’ needs. The Sr Manager, Supplier Integration position is a working manager role, and will be hands on in the development, implementation, and execution of sourcing strategies for SPARC and beyond.
To be successful at CFS you must be a creative problem solver with the ability to work collaboratively on hard problems in a fast-paced environment with great people.

This team member will:

  • Recruit, train, support, develop and coach the members of the team
  • Have management responsibility for meeting cost, quality and delivery objectives
  • In close coordination with the engineering leads for Electrical and I&C, plan and assign work, manage the workload and define priorities as required
  • Act as an escalation point to solve issues
  • Ensure process adherence for strategic sourcing and purchase orders placement/management
  • Coordinate planning and scheduling activities with the assigned planners in a matrixed organization (functionally reporting to the head of Supply Planning)
  • Report out on project status, risks and issues to the supply chain and the systems leadership teams
  • Drive sourcing projects, coordinating cross-functionally
  • Negotiate short and long-term agreements for parts, subassemblies, finished goods, equipment, and/or services
  • Create and manage purchase orders
  • Monitor suppliers throughout the execution of the contracts, with support from the assigned Supplier Development engineers
  • Support cost savings initiatives, lead time improvement projects, and quality improvement projects
  • Define or collaborate on project procurement or commodity strategies
  • Visit suppliers as necessary to conduct business reviews or check on project milestones
  • Negotiate internally and externally at high levels or with persons of influence frequently

The ideal candidate will have most, if not all, of these requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in supply chain, engineering, business, finance or other related fields
  • 10+ years’ related work experience in a manufacturing, supply chain, engineering or other relevant supplier-focused environment
  • Proven experience in supporting critical new product introduction activities for highly technical products
  • Successful experience managing and developing a team
  • Deep understanding of supply chain and ERP best practices
  • Ability to communicate with internal engineering, manufacturing, and suppliers in a collaborative way
  • Ability to negotiate complex contracts
  • Organizational and project management skills
  • Customer service mindset and entrepreneurial spirit
  • Exceptional creative problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • Demonstrate integrity, respect, attention to detail, collaboration, creativity and agility
  • Ability to work well under pressure in a dynamic environment
  • Perform activities such as typing, standing, or sitting for extended periods of time
  • Ability to earn trust, maintain positive and professional relationships, and strengthen our culture of inclusion

Additional preferred experience and/or qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in the field of Supply Chain, Engineering, Business, Finance or other related field
  • Previous experience designing or sourcing equipment for electrical systems and/or instrument and control
  • Previous experience in a high growth environment
  • Willingness to travel or work required nights/weekends/on-call occasionally
  • Work in a facility that contains industrial hazards including heat, cold, noise, fumes, strong magnets, lead (Pb), high voltage, high current, pressure systems, and cryogenics
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CFS team members thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment and have demonstrated exceptional results through a range of different pursuits. We all tightly align with our company values of integrity, execution, impact and self-critique. As we grow, we are looking to add talented people who are mission driven and bring diverse perspectives and new ways of solving problems.
At CFS, we deeply value diversity and are an equal opportunity employer by choice. We consider all qualified applicants equally for employment. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, protected veteran status, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, or any other basis protected by law, ordinance, or regulation.