Job Objective

To lead the supply chain function in the development of a world class outsourced manufacturing model for the company. Candidate will be a highly motivated, high energy, and a proven manufacturing manager with a track record of successful product delivery, in a startup environment.

This position will develop and run the required end-to-end product supply chain capabilities in alignment with cost, customer quality/reliability and other key company deliverables. The candidate will work closely with the management team and targeted supply chain partners to grow an optimized outsourced manufacturing model, including effective supply chain liability control mechanisms, as the company successfully progresses to volume deployments.

Job Requirements


This position:

  • will report to the Director of Operations and will have overall accountability for the planning, procurement and ongoing management of the NPI and production supply chains for the company;
  • will be a key member of the management team, and candidates will need to demonstrate appropriate maturity and leadership skills commensurate with this role;
  • must have start-up experience, ideally in a Datacom/Telecom systems company;
  • must have ongoing manufacturing experience, ideally supporting complex and highly configurable, medium volume products;
  • will have at least 5+ years of Datacom/Telecom industry working experience as a materials/procurement manager;
  • will have demonstrated experience in determining material/product price targets for production and new product introductions, negotiating with suppliers for best terms and maintaining Operation’s product supply data (including stepped pricing models, forecasted price reduction curves, and lead-time).
  • must have substantial experience utilizing an outsourced contract manufacturing model, clearly demonstrated leadership, a track record of successful delivery, strong teamwork orientation, and excellent communication skills.

Organization/Project Management Skills

  • Effective communication, leadership, technical and business management skills to successfully partner with key contract manufacturers and vendors;
  • Strong background in comprehensive aspects of supply chain management, especially with tier 1 and/or 2 contract manufacturers, from consigned to full turnkey models;
  • Experience with a highly leveraged outsourced model minimizing fixed cost infrastructure;
  • Experienced with establishing relationships and negotiating contracts with the suppliers;
  • Proven track record leading programs in both young and maturing operations organizations, in a variety of dynamic business conditions, consistently meeting or exceeding customer expectations;
  • Experienced in the ongoing management of EMS (Electronic Manufacturing Services) providers for NPI and production services.
  • Results-oriented with a strong performance, cost management and bottom-line orientation and accustomed to meeting or exceeding planned targets.

Supply Chain and Materials Skills

Previous Director or Senior level management materials experience with carrier-class network infrastructure start-ups and/or related established companies, with responsibility for key materials functions (bringing up and maintaining the end-to-end supply chain).

In-depth experience in the following: material planning and procurement, Inventory Control and Management, production planning, drive and manage the EMS provider’s MRP, setting production requirements and managing execution, material movement, supplier evaluation and selection, vendor cost and service level negotiations.

Experience with ERP/PDM systems and processes (forecasting, NPI, planning, supply chain metrics);

Experience with administering parts data and the AVL (Approved Vendor List) and company engineering change control processes;

In-depth understanding product fulfillment models, logistics and return and repair services.


Minimum of B.S degree or comparable experience.

Desirable to have APICS (American Production & Inventory Control Society) and other industry certifications.

Desirable to have an MS or MBA.