Materials Operations Manager

  • San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Aug 08, 2021

Job Description

Our Mission  

At Span, we are building products to enable the rapid adoption of renewable energy. As more distributed energy resources like solar and storage come onto the grid, it’s increasingly important to be able to improve the technology that sits between the grid, the home, and those distributed energy resources. Span’s smart panel replaces the electrical panel to become the center for connected power in the home.  With Span, homeowners receive all the safety features of a standard panel with revolutionary insights and edge-of-grid controls through our mobile app.

The Role 

Team Mission:  The material operations team plays a key role in the entire product life cycle for products at SPAN.  The team is accountable for material management across the company to include planning, sourcing, vendor management, material movement and storage, as well as maintaining the vital balance between supply and demand.

Core Functions:  Material program management, global supply management, product cost oversight, demand planning, global logistics, storage and inventory control.

Specific Areas of Focus:  Strategic sourcing, supply chain risk management, material procurement strategy, BOM risk analysis, costed BOM, TLA clear-to-build and line of sight to material constraints, CM & supplier management (component and logistics), customs trade & compliance, global inventory management, global movement of material, reverse logistics, master forecast and demand signal, S&OP, safety stock strategy.

Role & Team Responsibilities:

  • This position will have an opportunity to build the material team and function for SPAN.

  • Drive material readiness for all R&D (NPI) and products in production.

  • Partner with cross-functional teams to gather requirements and implement necessary material product changes.

  • Conduct BOM risk analysis and determine supply continuity strategies.

  • Communicate material forecasts to CM’s and supplier’s to support driving production and inventory targets.

  • Manage CM and supplier engagements to ensure supply continuity, material readiness, and overall supply performance (to include quarterly QBR’s).

  • Partner with the SPAN finance team to monitor spend against budgets as well as providing forecasted spend analysis. Coordinate monthly inventory reports to include material cost for the company. 

  • Manage the supplier tiering and risk rating process for the company.

  • Maintain material inventory oversight for global locations (to include monthly reports)

  • Support end-to-end purchasing for SPAN to include PO requests, accuracy and invoicing.

  • Oversee logistics strategy to include vendors and routes to optimize for cost.

  • Support and direct teams on reverse logistics.

  • Manage and maintain oversight for material inventory levels by location, and route material to and between locations as required to support customer demand or product production.

  • Support RMA activities including maintaining inventory of RMA units, helping with logistics of getting RMA’s to and from the field.

  • Help SPAN counterparts to drive quality improvements with CM’s and suppliers.

About You

Required Qualifications

We are seeking a Material Operations Manager who has:

  • 10+ years of well-rounded experience in various supply chain functions, including: material management, planning, inventory and logistics

  • BA or BS in engineering, supply chain management, or equivalent experience

  • Self-starter with the ability to adapt, improvise, and problem solve

  • Advanced experience in spreadsheets and similar analysis/planning tools

  • Excellent analytical, negotiation, and organizational skills

Bonus Qualifications

We would love to hire someone who has:

  • Built and/or managed a team from the ground up

  • Experience working at a startup and in new product launch environments

  • Background with product lifecycle management and MRP/ERP systems (Oracle, SAP)

Life at Span

Why Span?

Span offers a unique opportunity at a startup based in the SOMA neighborhood of San Francisco. We are a small, diverse team of creative thinkers. We value open communication, teamwork, and a make-it-happen attitude - no job is too big or too small. We strive to make change by imagining what the future could be and building a product to complete that vision. We are looking to grow our team with talented people who are on the same mission to shape the future of energy.

Working at Span, you can expect:

  •  Competitive compensation and early equity at a well-funded, fast-growing, venture-backed company (read more on why Amazon and others invested in Span here and here)

  • A sunny 20,000 sqft hardware lab + office space in SOMA, a stone’s throw from Caltrain and close to BART

  • Flexible hours and vacation time - we simultaneously work hard and make space for the important stuff

  • Additional Span holidays in celebration of causes we believe in (this year so far we provided days off in celebration of Black History in Feb, Women’s History in March, Earth Day in April and Gay Pride & Juneteenth in June) 

  • Comprehensive benefits including a choice of medical plans; dental, vision, life and disability insurance

  • Diversity - we are serious about this. Span embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

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