Commodity Manager (Greater Denver Area, CO)

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AMP Robotics is a pioneer and industry leader in artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, and infrastructure for the waste and recycling industry. We apply AI-powered automation to economically and sustainably improve our global recycling system.

Headquartered in Louisville, Colorado, the Denver Post and BuiltIn Colorado have recognized AMP as one of the state's top workplaces. AMP also has operations and career opportunities outside of Atlanta and Cleveland, as well as in Europe. We’re fostering an environment where passionate individuals can grow and create impact. We seek unconventional thinkers to join our mission to enable a world without waste; at AMP, your contributions have meaning and can spur change. With backing from top-tier investors and national recognition including North American Cleantech Company of the Year and Forbes’ most promising AI companies, we’re always seeking ways to better our operations, raising the bar on innovation, and looking to collaborate and improve in what we do. Learn more at AMPRobotics.com.

AMP Robotics is hiring a Commodity Manager reporting to Director, Supply Chain to focus on leading, developing and maintaining a strategic supply base that provides a competitive advantage in Quality, Cost, Delivery, Responsiveness, Service and Technology. Key focus will be the selection and development of the supply base across a variety of commodities to support AMP Robotics current and future growth plans including expansion to global key markets.

As our Commodity Manager, you will work to:

  • Create and develop global sourcing strategies to support NPI, continuous production, service and support in a high-growth, high-mix/low volume capital equipment manufacturing environment based on supply base/market knowledge, global awareness, internal alignment and critical business needs now and in the future.
  • Initiate and drive cross-functional communication and collaboration creating and executing project plans to ensure effective delivery of savings and other deliverables against the sourcing/procurement strategy. 
  • Lead sourcing initiatives and supplier selection process including eSourcing, bid evaluations, supplier evaluations, negotiation strategy, supplier selection and contracting.
  • Develop, deploy and improve processes and tools to manage company spend and supply base activity for given commodities measuring a variety of KPIs including safety performance, quality performance and adherence to specifications, delivery performance, total landed cost, flexibility, technical capability, overall business and financial health, and scalability.   
  • Develop, negotiate, execute and manage favorable supply agreements across the entire supply base to include MRO, Hardware, Electronics, Capital Equipment, Corporate Services, Metal Commodities, Motors, Robots, etc. Ability to develop non-standard agreements with support and oversight.
  • Lead periodic performance reviews with key and strategic suppliers and internal stakeholders to evaluate supplier performance and make recommendations to address issues and exploit opportunities.  Assure material flow of assigned categories into respective AMP sites. Responsible for supplier performance, capacity, and developing poor performing suppliers.
  • When a supplier is unable to deliver on time or delivers poor quality, lead a corrective action team to identify root cause and ensure short term mitigation and long-term corrective actions are implemented.
  • Build stakeholder alignment to gain proper support and buy-in for various sourcing-lead initiatives.
  • Actively participate in NPI programs providing critical sourceability, cost projections and procurement roadmaps.  Partner with Engineering Program Managers, Design Engineers, Technology Leads, Production, Manufacturing Engineering and Product Management to engage the supply base early in the design process to leverage industry expertise in reducing quality risks and cost drivers to ensure program targets are met at product launch.
  • Lead colleagues with less experience by coaching and mentoring; proactively partner with resources throughout the company to determine best outcome for AMP by building consensus amongst teams.
  • Solves complex problems; takes a new perspective on existing solutions; exercises judgment based on the analysis of multiple sources of information
  • Impacts a range of customer, operational, project or service activities within own team and other related teams; works within broad guidelines and policies

Supervisory Responsibilities: None currently

 The successful candidate will be:

  • Must be self-directed, have excellent team building skills, and have good contract development and negotiation skills
  • Expert in influencing across functional and regional boundaries
  • Excellent knowledge of purchasing principles and practices
  • Effectively communicate, lead meetings, make presentations, and always use tact and professionalism.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication across regions, functions, and levels; fluent in English
  • Collaboration and influence management skills; works effectively in a matrixed organization
  • Exceptional time management skills and ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment
  • Experience in a start-up/scale-up environment a significant plus

The successful candidate will have the following:

Experience:

  • 8-10 years of progressive procurement and sourcing experience with demonstrated knowledge of sourcing process, strategy and market drivers (International sourcing experience with Europe and Asia purchasing a plus)
  • Experience with MRO, Hardware, Services and Capital Equipment Sourcing and Procurement
  • Experience in both a manufacturing setting and working with outsource partners
  • APICS or ISM Certifications a plus 
  • Demonstrated experience creating, developing and improving sourcing and procurement processes 
  • Demonstrated understanding of Lean/6-sigma continuous improvement methodologies

Education:

Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain Management, Business Administration, Logistics or Technical Degree (Master’s degree is a plus) 

Working Conditions/Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands and fingers to handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.  Prolonged periods of sitting at desk and working on a computer.

 Working Location(s): 

This role will be based in our Broomfield, Co office but has the flexibility of a remote work component working on a hybrid schedule.  This means WFH 2-3 days per week and in the office 2-3 days per week.  Our teams work together to ensure our chosen work schedules and days on-site enable our creativity and productivity as we serve the needs of our customers

Travel Requirements: 

This position will have some travel up to 20-30% including some international travel.

Affirmative Action/EEO Statement: 

AMP provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Other duties: 

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

We recognize that there is more to work than the day-to-day responsibilities. In addition to a collaborative, high-performing team environment, we’re pleased to offer competitive base salaries; medical, dental and vision insurance; a 401(k) plan; paid time off and sick time; flexible work hours; and the opportunity to quickly accelerate your learning and growth.

Salary & Compensation information: $100,000-$130,000

Benefits Information:

  • Medical - The company covers up 85% to 100% of the premium for Cigna healthcare plans depending on the selection. Employees pay the difference in premium if they select a more expensive plan. Up to 75% for dependents. 
  • Dental, Vision, Short and Long Term Disability.
  • 401(k) retirement plan (non-matching).
  • FTO - Flexible Time Off 
  • Nine (9) paid holidays – 7 company designated and 2 floating holidays. 
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Location

Nestled in the heart of a thriving tech park - complete with brewery and climbing gym! - and adjacent to the quaint downtown of Louisville, Colorado.

An Insider's view of AMP Robotics

What are some social events your company does?

Bringing our team together during Covid has been so easy because everyone genuinely cares about staying connected. We've hosted a socially-distanced trivia night in our parking lot with a drive-in sized projector screen, and have even run a few of our own cooking shows where people followed along from home and learned a recipe through video.

Russ

Office and Human Resources Manager

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

Supporting remote systems in unforgiving environments across the world is hard work. It requires foresight from the initial stages of a project and a tight, honest feedback loop. I'm proud to be in a group focused on creative and proactive service solutions for our customers to increase the profitability of recycling. It's exciting work!

Chase

Robotics Operations Engineer

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

In less than a year, I've assimilated into the full cycle of software development and have had the opportunity to work across teams to ship robots and software to customers directly. I feel more confident in my ability to bring ideas to life and more connected to the engineering community thanks to AMP's highly collaborative and hands-on team.

Sana

Senior Vision Software Engineer

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

Recognize you have a lot to offer, yet also a lot to potentially learn—and be open to how and from who you learn, as well as how and who you can teach. Leading with respect for everyone’s different perspectives opens up so many ways we can unify them for the benefit of ourselves, our teams, and the customers we serve.

Maria

Production Team Lead

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

AMP strikes a rare balance by melding the pursuit of a mission that benefits the planet with a set of ground-breaking technical challenges. Every difficult project at AMP directly leads to diversion of material from landfills, and as an engineer, that promise naturally ignites a passion for creative invention and determined problem solving.

Cameron

Mechanical Engineer

What are AMP Robotics Perks + Benefits

AMP Robotics Benefits Overview

AMP Robotics is an exciting place to work, and we have fun at the intersection of recycling, robotics, and artificial intelligence! The company offers employees benefits such as 401k, healthcare insurance, vision insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, short term disability coverage, and long term disability coverage. Many of these benefits extend to dependents as well.

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily sync
Team owned deliverables
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
6 weeks maternity/paternity paid leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
AMP offers two floating holidays that our team can use at their discretion throughout the year. Election Day is also a paid company holiday.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Game Room
Our game room includes board games.
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Employees get free lunch on Friday.
Parking
Pet Friendly
AMP welcomes well-behaved pets.
Recreational Clubs
AMP has a number of active social clubs, with outlets for those who like board games, gardening, fly fishing, hiking/climbing 14ers, and many more! We've hosted two virtual cooking demos this year.
Professional Development Benefits
Lunch and learns

Additional Perks + Benefits

Other stuff we do at AMP:

We recently introduced Zestful, an employee recognition tool. Our team members recognize each other for excellent work through Zestful, tying peer-to-peer recognitions to our core values. Team members accrue points in Zestful that can be used for rewards like HeadSpace subscriptions, meal kit deliveries, books, and even limited-run swag!

We leverage our engagement survey results at AMP. Gathering info from everyone on the team about what they want goes a long way so we can then execute on initiatives to continue to grow AMP in all the best ways.

And we have some pretty awesome weekly all hands meetings!

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