Commodity Manager

Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States


Full Time

a month ago

Job description

Commodity Manager, GSE will work from our Las Cruces NM location.


- Responsible for supporting the strategic sourcing of Ground Support Equipment, fuel, gases (for manufacturing, test, and flight), tool calibration, fleet management, and propulsion operations Virgin Galactic.

- Implement and communicate strategic sourcing and commodity/category management projects with aligned goals (customer service, quality, cost savings, cost avoidance, on time delivery, efficiencies, etc.).

- A liaison between VG GSE Engineering team and our sister company, TSC LLC, to ensure that supplier agreements contemplate and support the maintenance requirements (spares, tech pubs, service, warranty, etc.)

- Develop negotiation strategies and lead negotiations to support those sourcing initiatives.

- As a customer facing resource, lead projects internally as a ‘sourcing’ consultant for the various effected stakeholders.

- Identify barriers to successful performance within the organization and provide potential solutions for their removal.

- Support inventory management, quality, and total cost of ownership initiatives as required.

- Leverage best practices to drive improved quality, delivery excellence, and continually reduce costs and improve the products and services for our customers.

- Execute strategic goals and objectives in support of the overall company goals and objectives.

- Provides support to ensure compliance with international and U.S. laws related to import/export activity.



What you bring:

- Minimum of 5 years of experience as a commodity/category manager, supply chain manager, or senior buyer is required;

- At least 5 years’ experience in the support of aerospace, ground support equipment or similar vehicular maintenance categories.

- Strong negotiation skills.

- Demonstrates a proven record of exceeding customer expectations. The ability to consult, manage projects, and positively influence customers, peers, and suppliers.

- Strong knowledge of office software skills including MS Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint.

- Understanding of import/export processes including ITAR.

- Practical approach/ leads by example.

- Happy to be hands on and work closely with cross-functional teams.

- Knowledge of various procurement methods, strategic sourcing, and supply chain practices.

- Subject Matter Expert within the associated categories, marketplaces, indexes, and trends arena.

- Prior demonstrated supervisory, management, and leadership skills.

- Excellent communication skills (customers, team, management, and suppliers).

- Organized, detail-oriented, and structured approach. - Incredible energy and passion with a resourceful attitude.

- Self-motivated. Enjoys providing leadership to teams in driving sourcing projects to completion.

- Ability to react to change and thrive in a fast-paced environment.


Preferred Skills and Experience

- Aerospace Management, MRO, GSE, and Aircraft on Ground (AOG) experience is a plus

- Experience from a start-up environment is highly preferred.

- Strong knowledge of Oracle EBS or MRO maintenance software (we useUltramain) is preferred. A similar ERP system (SAP, Dynamics, etc.) could substitute.



- Bachelor’s degree in Business/Materials Logistics Management, or similar is preferred. A Master’s degree would be beneficial.

- CPSM/CPM, CPIM, PMP and/or other similar certifications.


Physical and/or Additional Requirements

- Must be able to work nights and weekends as needed. 


The annual U.S. base salary range for this full-time position is $79,300.00–$121,000.00. The base pay actually offered will vary depending on job-related knowledge, skills, location, and experience and take into account internal equity. Other forms of pay (e.g., bonus or long term incentive) may be provided as part of the compensation package, in addition to a full range of medical, financial, and other benefits, dependent on the position offered. For more information regarding Virgin Galactic benefits, please visit

Who We Are

Virgin Galactic is transforming humanity’s relationship with space. By making it more open and accessible, we are connecting the world to the love, wonder and awe inspired by space travel, helping to create new opportunities for the benefit of life on Earth. Whether it’s supporting cutting-edge research missions for scientists and students, or offering life-changing experiences for the adventurers among us, Virgin Galactic is THE spaceline for Earth. Such an audacious vision requires a team as driven as they are curious - one capable of redefining the boundaries of what’s possible. 

Export Requirements 
To conform to U.S. Government export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. Person (either a U.S. citizen, a lawful permanent resident or a protected individual as defined 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) or be able to obtain the required authorization from either the U.S. Department of State or the U.S. Department of Commerce. The applicant must also not be included in the list of Specifically Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons maintained by the Office of Foreign Assets Control. See list here.

EEO Statement
Virgin Galactic is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Virgin Galactic 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, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status. 

Virgin Galactic is committed to a Drug Free Workplace.  All applicants post offer and active teammates are subject to testing for marijuana, cocaine, opioids, amphetamines, PCP, and alcohol when criteria is met as outlined in our policies. This can include pre-employment, random, reasonable suspicion, and accident related drug and alcohol testing. 

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