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Purchasing Manager

Kempower - United States

Are you…

  • Eager to work for sustainable mobility with innovative electric vehicle charging solutions?
  • Goal-oriented and do you feel energized when making a true difference?

 

Our client, Kempower, is seeking a hands-on Purchasing Manager to support the company’s expansion into the US market where it will rapidly build a team and scale its operations to better serve current and future US-based customers. As Purchasing Manager, you are responsible for all sourcing, supplier management, and purchasing. You will coordinate the sub-contracting ramp-ups when manufacturing by suppliers is needed while ensuring all system parameters for purchasing are accurate. You are expected to advise the R&D, Logistics, Production, and Quality departments in all materials-related matters. The candidate we are seeking should be driven by providing top-notch quality, delivery, lead time, and cost development of materials.  The ideal candidate will bring his/her robust purchasing experience within the electronics industry along with a continuous improvement mindset and passion for teamwork.

 

Responsibilities

  • Ensure the quality, delivery, lead time, and cost development of materials
  • Identify, establish, and manage supplier network based on quality, cost, and reliability
  • Manage contract negotiations with vendors and supplier
  • Develop supplier scorecards and perform supplier and sub-contracting audits
  • Manage all purchasing processes, including buying, selling, and distribution of materials.
  • Analyze purchasing processes for best performance
  • Lead continuous improvement activities via existing purchasing processes and ERP systems to meet US standards and needs
  • Build and maintain long-term relationships with customers and suppliers
  • Collaborate closely with marketing and sales teams to develop and implement supplier strategies
  • Promote a supportive work environment that upholds Kempower’s values of Together, Impact, Integrity, and Courage

 

What We Expect from You

Your experience & education

  • Bachelor’s degree in supply chain management, or a related field. Master’s degree preferred.
  • 5 years of experience in purchasing and supply chain management
  • Experience in the power electronics industry or electric panel building industry
  • Robust understanding of market conditions and trends, and experience negotiating complex contracts
  • Experience with continuous improvement and supplier development activities
  • Proficient in ERP systems and Microsoft Office Suite

 

Skills, Traits & Style

  • Outstanding English communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Affinity to problem-solving, time-management, and multi-tasking
  • Team-focused mindset with excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills
  • Ability to effectively communicate and work cross-functionally
  • A hands-on, open-minded, versatile, enthusiastic can-do attitude while embracing continuous learning

 

What We Offer Is More Than Just a Job

  • Competitive compensation and benefits package
  • The opportunity to be at the forefront of the fast-charging industry, and influence the future of electric transportation
  • An open and flexible work culture where everyone’s voices are heard

 

About Kempower

Kempower is an electric vehicle DC (Level 3) Fast Charging company that designs and manufactures the best DC Fast Charging solutions and services for EVs all over the world. It is headquartered in Lahti, Finland, has a strong foothold in the Nordic countries and Europe, and is now expanding rapidly into the U.S. market. The company primarily serves three segments: charge point operators, fleet operators, and OEMs.  Kempower is best known for its user-friendly technology and dynamic and scalable power distribution: ONE Kempower power unit can provide power for up to EIGHT individual charging posts and can be adjusted to the needs of each vehicle.

Its unique charging management system, Kempower ChargEye™, is a comprehensive, easy-to-use, cloud-based system for charge point operators and retailers, bus and truck operators, and off-highway vehicle fleets. When Kempower chargers are connected to the ChargEye™ system, customers can easily monitor, manage, and diagnose the day-to-day operations of both the chargers and vehicles. ChargEye™ ensures that a commercial vehicle fleet is always ready for duty when needed while optimizing energy costs and managing battery health.

The Kempower Power Unit consists of power modules which makes it easily scalable: more modules can be added when demand grows, and power is needed. Moreover, maintaining and servicing the device is much easier compared to traditional chargers, which has a positive effect on charger uptime. For more information and inspiration, visit their website and watch this video.

 

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