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Supply Chain Purchasing Inventory Manager

Production | Alameda, CA | Full Time

Job Description

About Us

Saildrone designs and manufactures wind and solar powered autonomous surface vehicles called Saildrones, which make cost-effective ocean data collection possible at scale. We are working with governments, civic agencies, foundations, universities, and private companies around the globe to drive better information about our oceans and seas - be it in mapping out the ocean floor, collecting new CO2 data in hard-to-reach areas, counting biomass to establish fishing quotas, or detecting and stopping illegal fishing and trafficking. We believe that better inputs in planetary models in turn yield better outputs and that the new insights gained in weather forecasting, carbon cycling, global fishing and climate change will have tremendous impact on humanity. We are based in Alameda, CA and are backed by Social Capital, The Capricorn Investment Group, Lux Capital, Horizons Venture and The Schmidt Family Foundation.

The Role:

You will plan, purchase, and manage inventory for the production and engineering prototypes of our Saildrone vehicles. 

Working with Production and Engineering you will understand what components go into our vehicles and our production flow of how we build them. Knowing our demand and current inventory, you will plan what components are needed. You will work with vendors, getting quotes, placing orders, and tracking deliveries to ensure we have the right material on hand when we need it.

Areas, Tools and Processes you will interact with:

  • Production and Engineering teams on current builds and new product prototypes.

  • Our Parts and Bill of Materials system.

  • Planning both in spreadsheets and future planning systems.

  • Our ERP purchasing and inventory system

  • The factory floor processes of receiving, inventory, and assembly.


  • Plan, source, and purchase materials for production and engineering builds

  • Be the point person on material status for production and engineering builds

  • Track deliveries and inventory receipts. 

  • Monitor inventory levels and consumption of critical parts.

  • Define and lead inventory cycle counting

  • Track costs, lead-times of components and BOMs

  • Contribute to improving our planning, purchasing, and inventory systems.

What you bring to Saildrone:

  • Bachelor degree in Engineering, Supply Chain, Finance or the equivalent proven ability to fill this role.

  • 3 or more years of experience in planning and purchasing

  • Experience using ERP type systems for BOMs, inventory, and Purchase Orders

  • Experience with PLM systems: parts and BOM setup and structuring, and ECOs

  • Experience in a manufacturing environment, purchasing machined components or electrical PCBAs, and assembly into higher level products.

  • Experience with New Product Introduction, working with Engineering teams on prototypes, new vendors, new processes

  • Experienced working with suppliers, negotiating contracts, pricing, delivery management.

  • Excellent quantitative and analytical skills.

  • Comfortable working in teams sharing knowledge and delivering to team milestones.

  • A desire to work in a small company, covering multiple roles, and developing processes that may not exist now but are needed as we grow.

  • Able to work in Alameda CA. Limited need for travel


This position is in Alameda, CA. Only candidates with proper permits to work in the United States can be considered.  Our waterfront office offers beautiful views of San Francisco Bay in always sunny Alameda. Even our walls have good karma, our offices mix software development with a hardware production line in the former airplane hangar used to film 'The Matrix'.


  • Medical, dental and vision plans for you and your dependents
  • Active sailing classes: become a certified skipper on boats up to 35ft!  (once COVID safety allows)
  • Short and relaxing ferry ride from the Ferry Building for SF residents
  • Enhanced paternity / maternity programs
  • Competitive benefits including excellent medical, discounted gym, life insurance, 401k plan

This is an exciting opportunity with a fast-growing post series-B startup at the cutting-edge intersection of big data services and autonomous hardware. You will be an integral part of a high-performing multi-disciplinary delivering high impact for humanity and future generations.

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Saildrone is an equal opportunity workplace dedicated to pursuing and hiring a diverse workforce.

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