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Zero Labs Automotive Sourcing, Purchasing and Procurement Manager in Gardena, California

Zero labs is on a mission to bring Premium Classic Vehicles into the modern world through electrification. We have an exciting opportunity for a motivated Sourcing and Procurement Manager. This is a great chance to tackle the sourcing and procurement across multiple commodity groups, goods, and services. The whole vehicle is your canvass. The right fit is highly hands on and takes pride in identifying new partners and getting hard to find parts. This is a foundational role and will be integral to the team's success as we scale!

This role is currently based in Gardena, CA and is primarily on-site. Please check commute impact ahead of applying. Paid relocation is currently not available. If this doesn't scare you away, and the below details sound exciting we'd love to hear from you!

What you will do:

  • Work with Industrial Design, Operations, Supply Chain, and Commercial teams to find parts, services, and partners that enable the world's most sought after Premium Electric Vehicles.

  • Lead RFI, RFQ, and RFP process with new and existing suppliers to ensure the best solutions are in place for ZL.

  • Work closely with Product Development, Manufacturing, and Project Management teams to ensure that all of the BOM is strategically and financially sourced (material, cost, supplier, etc.).

  • Identify potential suppliers, capabilities, and sourcing strategies for Zero Labs Parts. This includes creating new business opportunities for Prototype and Low-Volume/High-Complex companies that are cost competitive. This also may include helping procure services and equipment in the near-term.

  • Constantly evaluate our suppliers for cost, capability, and risk to protect future builds and scaling. Similarly, constantly evaluate our parts and processes to reflect and facilitate appropriate make/buy decisions.

  • Improve the process, and then identify class-leading technology and lead efforts in ERP implementation.

  • Establish NDA's, Material Planning & Fulfillment Processes, and communicate closely with suppliers to hold them accountable to timelines and cost structures.

  • Facilitate and drive opportunities to improve simplicity, accuracy, cost, across the value chain as you grow with Zero Labs, and share those best practices with teammates.

  • Take ownership by learning from mistakes and holding yourself and others accountable to continuous improvement.

  • Have a lot of fun, and take full satisfaction being part of the Zero Labs mission.


  • Bachelor's degree Business, Engineering, Supply Chain, or other related operations.

  • 5+ years of experience in automotive or aerospace procurement, including purchasing, sourcing, and planning. Seniority based on tenure and demonstration of capability.

  • Excellent intrapersonal skills and drive to establish new relationships to solve problems.

  • Working knowledge of the components in a modern electric vehicle - especially in the context of subassemblies, and parts and where to find and procure them. Direct experience in HV Batteries, Powertrains, and Electronics is a plus!

  • Fundamental understanding of activity accounting principles as they pertain to vehicle components (material, labor, etc.) and how to reflect this in the structure of a purchase agreement.

  • Expertise in Spreadsheet software (Microsoft Excel, Sheets) and Databases.

  • Superior documentation and organizational skills, including ability to generate objective reports.

  • A hyper focus on hitting program KPI's by holding suppliers and partners accountable to commitments.

  • Excellent analytical and negotiating skills.

  • A positive, self-starting attitude that works well with others, can be accountable to customers, and hold others accountable.


Why else you should work here...

In addition to a lively, engaging, and collaborative work environment, Zero Labs provides generous time off and flexible healthcare benefits. Full time employees are eligible for benefits on the first day of the month following hire.

  • Zero Labs provides performance-based opportunities for promotion and increases in pay and PTO.

  • Competitive compensation based on experience.

  • Comprehensive benefits package

  • Holidays and Paid Time Off Paid time off (PTO)

  • Annual company paid holidays

  • Work in a high-growth start up that will redefine classic and electric vehicles

  • Opportunity for Stock Options

Zero Labs is an equal opportunity-affirmative action employer and considers all qualified applicants for employment based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, past or present military service or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.

About Zero Labs Automotive

Zero Labs Automotive based in Los Angeles, California is an automotive and industrial design, technology and engineering firm with a focus on developing the Premium Classic Electric Vehicles. Less than a year we have been featured in TopGear, MotorTrend, GQ, Robb Report, Esquire and hundreds of others

Committed to a clean energy future.

We have put together an incredible team of entrepreneurs, engineers, designers, researchers, car enthusiasts, futurists, clean energy experts and more. Our team has multiple decades of experiences working at some of the largest companies in the world, on everything from innovation and ideation, to marketing and customer experience.