Manager of Strategic Sourcing at Rachio

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About This Opportunity

As Manager of Strategic Sourcing, you will be a key contributor to Rachio’s rapid growth, by developing and executing Rachio’s sourcing strategy for both consumer hardware and sustainable lawn and garden products. For hardware, you will manage, plan, and execute sourcing for packaging and select components to optimize our supply chain for flexibility, quality, and cost. For Rachio’s Thrive (consumables) offering, you will obsess over the customer experience, utilizing your sourcing background to evolve each aspect of the physical offering as well as expand the offering into key adjacencies that meet Rachio’s mission and customer needs. This role will report to the Director of Supply Chain and collaborate closely with Rachio’s Supply Chain Manager, as well as Product and Consumer teams.

Rachio’s mission is to make sustainable water use effortless and personally rewarding for our customers. Through our integrated approach to efficient watering and sustainability -- combining our industry-leading smart sprinkler controller with natural soil treatments -- we aim to revolutionize yard care.

Job Duties and Responsibilities
  • Define Rachio’s approach to strategic sourcing for hardware and consumables products in support of the supply chain and business strategies
  • Establish and implement category strategies to define goals and levers, and drive improved results such as scalability, quality, risk mitigation, and cost improvements
  • Use market analysis to establish and maintain a deep understanding of the supplier landscape for critical components
  • Implement robust supplier selection processes with a data-driven approach, including leveraging RFP/RFQs
  • Lead and support contract negotiations including establishing SLAs that ensure timeliness and quality
  • Establish and own the calculation and management of the supplier performance against SLAs, identifying flags to take action
  • Execute POs, including coordinated procurement for Thrive bottling and kitting
  • Maintain and update BOMs and the revision control process, in coordination with the Supply Chain, Product, and Engineering teams
  • Maintain relationships with key suppliers for hardware and consumables components
  • Work closely with Product & Consumer teams on initial sourcing for new product introductions. This includes identifying additional revolutionary lawn and garden products and their adjacencies, and evolving the Thrive physical experience (e.g., packaging, bottling, kitting, and application form factors)
  • Use research, field trials, and customer feedback data to identify and solution any physical quality issues in different environmental conditions
  • Manage the regulatory certification process with consultants and ensure products comply with the regulatory rules of each state in which we operate
  • Lead and support sourcing sustainability initiatives
Requirements and Skills
  • 5+ years of experience in sourcing or manufacturing operations role, preferably involving a consumer-products supply chain
  • Direct experience in supplier relationships and performance management
  • Extensive negotiation experience with suppliers
  • Analytical with strong, demonstrated problem solving and critical thinking capabilities
  • Detail oriented with strong organizational and process
  • “Owner’s” attitude, including a willingness to tackle problems through to solutions and an ability to work both independently and across functions
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication and collaboration skills at all levels of the organization, including the ability to communicate complex and/or controversial topics and concepts to a wide and diverse audience
  • Proficient with financial concepts and their application to supply chain and operations
  • Strong Excel skills and familiarity with ERP systems
  • Salary based on experience and within early stage company structures
  • Stock options
Benefits and Perks
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance -- premiums are 100% paid for employees and 60% paid for dependents
  • Unlimited vacation
  • 401(k) plan (not matching)
  • Professional Development budget
  • Work From Home stipend
  • Due to COVID-19, Rachio is currently fully remote. We are exploring our options for in-person engagement for 2021 and are open to this being a full-time remote position with some travel
  • Relaxed dress code
How to Apply
  • Please apply via our careers page 
About Rachio

Rachio is a mission-based startup striving to make sustainable water use effortless and rewarding. A category leader within the smart home industry, our revolutionary smart sprinkler controllers, subscription lawn care products and best-in-class app technology make it easy for homeowners to balance personal goals with efficient, transparent water use. With a passion for innovation, we are continuously innovating to develop products that homeowners love and solve meaningful problems with technology. Together, the Rachio community has saved *billions* of gallons of water - and counting.

We strive to create an inclusive environment where everyone can thrive, feel a sense of belonging, and do great work together. As an equal opportunity employer, we prohibit any unlawful discrimination against a job applicant on the basis of their race, color, religion, veteran status, sex, parental status, gender identity or expression, transgender status, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or genetic information. We respect the laws enforced by the EEOC and are dedicated to going above and beyond in fostering diversity across our company.

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We are located near Larimer Square, with easy access to the Cherry Creek Trail, Union Station, and many restaurants!

An Insider's view of Rachio

How does your team reward individual success?

Everyone at Rachio is incredibly supportive of each other and celebrating successes is commonplace. We regularly cheer each other on in our weekly team meetings and company-wide All-Hands meeting. Furthermore, we highlight individuals who embody our values on a quarterly basis (with prizes!)


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How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

I have the pleasure of getting to work with every department at Rachio. From Finance to Engineering, we get to collaborate, plan, and execute on projects across the board to drive revenue and growth for our channels. Rachio's best asset is the wonderful people that work here.


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What makes someone successful on your team?

There are two strengths I feel drive success for our team - communication, and a willingness to dig into projects. We have a small team making a lot of big decisions, so clear, concise communication is incredibly important to growing the business. Along that same line, we are small enough that everyone is integral to moving projects forward.


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What are Rachio Perks + Benefits

Rachio Benefits Overview

Rachio covers 100% of employee premiums and 60% of dependent premiums for medical, dental, and vision insurance.

Due to COVID-19, Rachio is currently fully remote. We are exploring our options for in-person engagement for 2021 and are open to full-time remote positions with some travel.

401(k) plan (not matching)

Unlimited vacation

Relaxed dress code

Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Unconscious bias training
All Rachians involved in our Talent Acquisition process are required to complete unconscious bias training & gender pronoun training. These trainings are available for everyone to participate in
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Rachio employees are required to take at least 10 PTO days each year, and encouraged to take as much time off as they need to maintain a healthy work-life balance
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Rachio provides an eco-pass
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
We offer employees a $100 monthly parking reimbursement
Pet Friendly
Professional Development Benefits
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
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