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SpaceX Buyer/Planner – Launch Vehicle Team in Brownsville, Texas

Buyer/Planner – Launch Vehicle Team

at SpaceX

Brownsville, TX, United States

SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.

Buyer/Planner – Launch Vehicle Team (Brownsville, TX)

Overall responsibilities are to ensure supply of manufactured components with an emphasis on hardware components.

Buyer/Planner must be able to:

  • Plan, lead, improve, and execute against pre-established sourcing strategies with metrics tracking and results from end-to-end perspective for Business and Production success

  • Ensure accurate lead times, and inventory levels (including spares) to mitigate risk of production piece part shortages

  • Facilitate technical discussions, make vs buy decisions, launch New Product Introductions, and conduct should-cost modeling to ensure optimal Purchase Order issuance and execution

  • Execute risk management analysis which take into consideration past performance data, demand vs supply, and lead time stack-ups from piece part to launch vehicle integration

  • Optimize logistics, manufacturing, quality, ordering/redistribution policies, and refurbishment/reusability planning and buying for the parts that you own

  • Support Supplier facilities visits to identify and leverage equipment and expertise with an emphasis on meeting cost, quality, and delivery goals with strategic suppliers

  • Lead Commercial and Quality Initiatives, and spearhead initiatives to improve performance with teams that execute the strategic sourcing vision of the Supply Chain Team

  • Be the “Go to” resource for Engineering, Supply Chain, Production, and Build Reliability stakeholders to determine the best value sourcing, NPI Sourcing Plans, Turn-key or Buy complete strategies, Logistics and Lead Time optimizations, etc.

  • Build cross functional teams and champion continuous improvement initiatives to meet or exceed cost, quality, and delivery goals. Proactively status and update SpaceX management and engineering teams on all critical supply issues

  • Conduct design for manufacturability reviews with support from Supplier Quality and Engineering teams and Strategic Suppliers

  • Champion value add value engineering projects to improve part quality and reduce cost

  • Execute to a supplier bid-list with preferred suppliers. Mitigate sole/single source risk and ensure continuity of supply

  • Develop and maintain strong relationships (Internal to SpaceX and external Suppliers)

  • Assess and leverage supplier technical capability, equipment, capacity, and risk in procurement

  • Place POs for MRP Planning messages for Production parts and via email signals, if required

  • Diagnose and resolve purchase order discrepancies and invoice issues

Basic Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, business, supply chain, or similar technical discipline

  • 2+ years of technical procurement experience

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Strong technical ability to read engineering drawings and blueprints

  • Lean Six Sigma or Continuous Improvement experience

  • Technical knowledge and skills in coding and computer applications, ie. MS Office Suite, VBA, SmartSheet, SQL, Confluence, JIRA, etc

  • Remarkable problem solving skills with a bias for speed and accuracy

  • Strong track record of leadership and team building skills

  • Self-motivation, quick learning, and ability to prioritize efforts to meet customer and company goals

  • Ability to develop and maintain strong internal and external supplier relationships in a fast-moving and ever-changing environment

  • Exceptional analytical and organizational skills

  • Strong negotiation skills with demonstrated and tracked results compared to goals

  • Excellent customer service skills, produce exceptional work at all times, highly self-motivated

  • Effective written, verbal and presentation communication skills

  • Detail-oriented, and able to respond quickly to a fast-moving and ever-changing environment

  • Holds self to highest ethical standards, and conducts all activities with the highest of integrity


  • Able to travel for short and extended trips as needed

  • Able to work long hours and weekends as needed


  • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.

SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

Applicants wishing to view a copy of SpaceX’s Affirmative Action Plan for veterans and individuals with disabilities, or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resources Department at (310) 363-6000.