Senior Buyer

| Los Angeles, CA, USA
Employer Provided Salary: $81,500-$112,000 Annually
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Honeybee Robotics has been at the forefront of robotics for over 40 years, establishing ourselves as pioneers in developing novel exploration systems for the most extreme planetary environments. At our Southern California location, we look to "Touch Life" by supporting planetary science, including every NASA Mars rover since Spirit and Opportunity. We aim to "Mine the Sky" through the development of practical In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) solutions. We search for technically brilliant individuals in engineering, software, and support fields who take ownership of their work, enjoy collaborating in teams, and have a laser focus on the details that drive excellence.


Honeybee Robotics is seeking an experienced Senior Buyer to join our growing team. Working closely with our engineers, you will source and procure finished components and raw materials that meet detailed specifications. You will establish a vendor network that provides exceptional quality and on-time delivery. You will collaborate with our quality engineers to establish effective validation strategies. As a valued subject matter expert supporting a technical program, you will proactively identify, discuss, and mitigate risks to ensure Honeybee’s success.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct sourcing activities, aligning commodity strategies with supplier selection for new products and technologies, including making sourcing decisions based on engineering specifications, legal requirements, and quality standards.
  • Implement Design for Manufacture (DFM) processes with early supplier engagement to ensure smooth design evolution.
  • Coordinate with Engineering to align design changes with manufacturing lead times.
  • Place and manage purchase orders, communicating status to program teams and resolving any deviations or technical issues
  • Develop strong supplier relationships and a capable network of suppliers and partners.
  • Negotiate with vendors considering lead times, capacity, delivery, and payment terms.
  • Identify and resolve supply issues to meet business commitments.
  • Capture and report material costs
  • Update MRP with accurate purchased part planning parameters.
  • Resolve problems while following procedures and compliance.
  • Regularly communicate status and issues to stakeholders.
  • Support new business proposals with informed estimates.
  • Monitor costs and recommend cost reduction approaches to meet financial objectives.
  • Manage returns to vendors as needed.

Required Qualifications:

  • Education in supply chain management, business, or related field and 4+ years of purchasing experience in aerospace manufacturing
  • Working knowledge to comply with legal requirements (e.g., SOX, ITAR, FAR, DFAR, etc.)
  • Experience with AS9100
  • Solid understanding of purchase-related terms and conditions related to quality, schedule, price, delivery, payment, etc.
  • Experience working with an ERP/MRP system
  • Professional, articulate communication style with a collaborative, results-oriented approach

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to read and interpret engineering drawings
  • Ability to resolve conflict and deal diplomatically with vendors, managers, and customers
  • Good organizational skills and ability to establish priorities and work to specific deadlines with minimum supervision

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Employee Benefits include medical, dental, vision, basic and supplemental life insurance, and short and long-term disability.
  • 401(k) with immediate vesting and a 6% company match (100% on the first 3% and 50% on the next 3%)
  • Education Reimbursement for certificate, undergraduate, and graduate programs
  • Paid Time Off includes up to 3 weeks per year, paid sick leave, paid parental leave, two floating, and 11 company holidays.

See your work make an impact on some of the most exciting space missions, including major subsystems of NASA's upcoming Dragonfly, VIPER, and Mars Sample Return missions. Work alongside with the best and the brightest, including our partners across the aerospace industry. In a few short years, your contributions will allow you to point to Mars, the Moon, or Saturn's moon Titan, and say, "I did that!"


Applicants for employment at Honeybee Robotics, LLC must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (i.e. current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.


Honeybee Robotics, LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, national origin, or veteran status.


Note: This job posting is intended for direct applicants only. We request that outside recruiters do not contact us regarding this position.

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Location

2408 Lincoln Ave, Altadena, CA 91001

An Insider's view of Honeybee Robotics

What does your typical day look like?

Every single day at Honeybee is different, but truly its own exciting challenge. We have a lot of customer-facing work with NASA happening here, which creates opportunities for collaboration, both internally and with our expert customers.

Lisa

Director of Programs EX

What makes someone successful on your team?

To be successful on my team you will have to carry a positive attitude and a drive to always do better than the day before. We have a slow is fast mentality so that all work is completed correct the first time. I work hard to provide any needed support to drive someone to be able to reach their full potential through training or team collaboration.

Colin

Production Supervisor

What is your vision for the company?

We have fantastic talent; every time we hire the right person, it makes us all better. I’m excited to see Honeybee establish teams setting the bar higher, deliver excellence at every level and interact effectively with the other functions to create smooth transitions and allow us to provide excellent hardware in a timely and cost-effective fashion.

Stella

Mechanical Engineering Lead

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

To empower team creativity, I’ve found that often the best thing I can do is listen.

Gale

Chief Systems Engineer

What are Honeybee Robotics Perks + Benefits

Honeybee Robotics Benefits Overview

Honeybee provides our employees with competitive and robust benefits, including tuition reimbursement, 401(k) with competitive company match, and generous medical benefits. For more information, visit Honeybee Robotics' career page or connect with us on LinkedIn or Instagram.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Partners with nonprofits
Open door policy
Team based strategic planning
Open office floor plan
Employee resource groups
Employee-led culture committees
In-person all-hands meetings
Employee awards
Diversity
Highly diverse management team
Diversity employee resource groups
Hiring practices that promote diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability insurance
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
Life insurance
Pet insurance
Wellness programs
Mental health benefits
Financial & Retirement
401(K)
401(K) matching
Performance bonus
Pay transparency
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous parental leave
Family medical leave
Company sponsored family events
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid volunteer time
Sabbatical
Paid holidays
Paid sick days
Floating holidays
Bereavement leave benefits
Office Perks
Company-sponsored outings
Free snacks and drinks
Some meals provided
Onsite office parking
Pet friendly
Relocation assistance
Mother's room
Professional Development Benefits
Job training & conferences
Tuition reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing education stipend
Continuing education available during work hours
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications

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