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Senior Procurement Manager - Battery & HV/LV



Garden Grove, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, August 16, 2023
About Harbinger
Harbinger Motors Inc. is a Los Angeles-based electric vehicle manufacturer on a mission to transform the automotive and transportation industries, bringing to market EVs developed from the ground up to address the needs of the Medium Duty vehicle industry. This broad, and to date poorly addressed, market segment includes class 4 to 7 commercial delivery vehicles, RVs and utility vehicles, among others. Leveraging a foundation of proprietary, in-house developed vehicle technologies, Harbinger's first-of-its-kind EV platform will bring enhancements in vehicle performance, durability and operator comfort. And importantly, Harbinger's vehicles will be priced for zero acquisition premium relative to traditional gas- and diesel-based competitors, removing one of the most tenacious barriers to EV adoption.
Harbinger's team, with operations in Southern California and Michigan, includes industry veterans with expertise in powertrain, battery, chassis and software development, along with leaders in advanced manufacturing, corporate development, operations and finance. Our team members come from leading innovators, both in and out of the automotive industry, including Tesla, Rivian, Canoo, Ford, Anduril, and SpaceX.
Founded in 2021, Harbinger is a venture-backed startup on a rapid growth trajectory, looking for candidates that thrive on tackling complex challenges and who share in our passion to bring clean transportation alternatives to a segment of the market starving for innovation.
As a member of the Supply Chain team, you will have various opportunities to shape Harbinger's purchasing strategies. The primary responsibility for this position will be to identify and onboard high quality suppliers, manage the RFI/RFQ/RFP process, negotiate pricing and terms, and manage various suppliers within Battery & HV/LV Systems.


  • Manage a key set of suppliers within Battery & HV/LV Systems
  • In collaboration with Engineering and Supplier Quality, identify potential suppliers that meet Harbinger’s Approved Supplier Criteria
  • Design, develop, and execute a strategic vision for sourcing of assigned parts, working closely with engineering team
  • Oversee RFI/RFQ/RFP and strategic sourcing process for the parts you are responsible for
  • Contribute to procurement strategies, policies, procedures, and systems
  • Thoroughly negotiate favorable contracts including parts pricing, tooling costs and engineering services (NRE/EDT)
  • Serve as initial point of commercial escalation for commercial issues and claims; efficiently solve problems and make decisions for strategic execution and tactical issues within the relevant portfolio of projects and/or processes
  • Work closely with and support other functional groups such as Engineering, Finance, and Strategy teams on scope development, product cost, manufacturing technology, delivery and quality
  • Provide in-depth analysis of total direct material spend to identify opportunities for improvements and strategic initiatives
  • Recommend solutions to business problems and/or identify opportunities for improvement, and present ideas to senior leadership

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in technical, supply chain, or finance discipline; Masters or MBA is a plus
  • 5-10 years experience in Purchasing / Supply Chain Management, including strategic sourcing, contract negotiation, and supplier management (3-5 years dedicated automotive industry experience preferred)
  • Strong knowledge of pricing models and industry trends, industry regulations, and best practices
  • Demonstrated ability to identify process issues and drive improvements; good knowledge and experience with NetSuite/Oracle or other ERP systems
  • Strong analytical, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • Highly organized and demonstrated ability as a strategic thinker
  • Ability to prioritize multiple projects, develop effective plans, coordinate change management, and see projects through to conclusion
  • Strong knowledge of appropriate commodities, relevant technologies, and main cost drivers

Additional Requirements

  • Ability to travel for business and program reviews

A Harbinger of Good Things to Come...

  • Collaborative work atmosphere that values multi-disciplinary thinking
  • Work with other talented engineers and businesspeople who are driven to change the world for the better
  • Extremely generous health care package
  • Early-stage equity compensation
  • Flexible Paid Time Off
  • Paid lunches
Equal Opportunity
Harbinger is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local fair employment practices laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information or characteristics, physical or mental disability, marital/domestic partner status, age, military/veteran status, medical condition, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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