Purchasing Associate

  • Lucid Motors
  • Casa Grande, AZ
  • Jan 16, 2021

Job Description

Leading the future of luxury mobility
Lucid’s mission is to inspire the adoption of sustainable energy by creating the most captivating luxury electric vehicles, centered around the human experience. Working at Lucid Motors means having a shared vision to power the future in revolutionary ways. Be part of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to transform the automotive industry.
We are currently seeking a Purchasing Associate as part of the indirect purchasing team that involves with global capital equipment sourcing, manufacturing operation and services, factory construction, research and development and prototyping, located at our Arizona Casa Grande factory.  The Purchasing Associate manages global sourcing for all assigned commodities supporting various procurement activities including sourcing and contracting to help build a world class supply base to support manufacturing the best electric vehicle

The Role

  • Conduct RFI, qualify vendors and contractors for procurement request
  • Create RFQs, review, analyze and clarify quotations from suppliers and develop sound sourcing and business recommendations balancing cost, quality, lead-time and technical considerations
  • Drive supplier selection working with business stakeholders
  • Summarize data into charts & diagrams for executive review
  • Present out key topics at meetings
  • Work with the warehouse to ensure inventory is received and transacted appropriately in Lucid’s inventory management software system
  • Maintain spreadsheet trackers with updated data including POs placed, timeline and supplier commit dates
  • Follow up with Global Supply Managers to verify completion of tasks
  • Work with engineering to understand design changes and communicate those changes to the supplier, while upholding proper change management procedures
  • Collaborate with manufacturing to make sure they are fully supported & have everything they need from supply chain to be successful
  • Perform physical inventory counts of consumables to calculate required order quantities and place associated POs
  • Work with engineering to prepare and evaluate commercial proposals
  • Travel to local suppliers to better understand their processes, perform quality inspections, or pick up and transport parts
  • Support strategic sourcing and procurement for the Lucid Air Sedan & other vehicle developments, to include:
  • Thoroughly negotiate favorable contracts including services, supplies, parts pricing, tooling costs and Engineering Services (NRE / EDT) with feedback from the Global Supply Managers
  • Track critical timing requests through the supplier to our dock, while working to resolve any road blocks
  • Process new vendor credit applications
  • Assist purchasing and engineering teams with PO changes and updates.  Ensure teams are properly submitting purchase requests
  • Interact with all levels of the company with routine administrative support


  • Bachelor’s degree, technical, supply chain or finance discipline preferred
  • 1-2 years minimum Purchasing, Supply Chain, Engineering or Project Management experience.
  • Open-minded self-starter with the ability to adapt, improvise and problem solve, as well as work independently on multiple tasks or projects
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a high degree of resilience to deal with urgent requests, and minimal information.  Works well with various teams
  • Excellent analytical, negotiation, and problem solving skills. Passion for results, strategy, and hands on execution. Creative, calculated risk taker with the ability to manage difficult suppliers and resolve disputes while preserving relationships with suppliers and internal staff
  • Strong written and verbal skills as well as organizational and program management capabilities
  • Proficient in Excel, Project, Power Point, Word, ERP systems (SAP or equivalent)
  • Ability to mitigate unforeseen problems creatively and effectively
  • Willingness to learn
Be part of something amazing
Come work alongside some of the most accomplished minds in the industry. Beyond providing competitive salaries, we’re providing a community for innovators who want to make an immediate and significant impact. If you are driven to create a better, more sustainable future, then this is the right place for you.
At Lucid, we don’t just welcome diversity - we celebrate it! Lucid Motors is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer.  We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, and any other characteristic protected under applicable State or Federal laws and regulations.
To all recruitment agencies: Lucid Motors does not accept agency resumes. Please do not forward resumes to our careers alias or other Lucid Motors employees. Lucid Motors is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes. 

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