Global Supply Manager, Battery Systems

Phoenix, Arizona


We are actively looking for a highly talented Global Supply Manager to join the Nikola Supply Propulsion Team to source assemblies and parts for all direct materials related to Battery Systems used on Nikola vehicles. In this role, you will work with cross functional teams to support all activities related to the procurement and development of battery packs which would be used on Nikola Two and TRE in Europe and North America. Such activities will include sourcing and support for components such as Lithium-ion cells, machined and casted parts, plastic injection molded parts, high voltage electrical components such as current sensors, contactors etc. You will report directly to the Purchasing Manager as an individual contributor.

You Will:

  • Help establish and manage Nikola’s Supply base to ensure the best Suppliers are selected to support all development, prototyping, and production activity
  • Lead all RFP/RFQ activities for your respective area and clearly communicate Nikola’s expectations
  • Lead all contractual discussions with suppliers (Supply Agreements/NDAs/Terms and conditions/SOWs)
  • Analyze supplier proposals and negotiate all aspects of the quotation to drive down the total cost of ownership and ensure world class pricing
  • Monitor supplier performance and take necessary steps to address gaps and resolves issues
  • Recommend and effectively present status, sourcing and spend discussions to leadership, for multiple programs that meet the business objectives and timelines
  • Build relationships across multiple teams (Supply Chain, Finance, Engineering, Manufacturing, Quality) and work across different levels in the organization to ensure program timelines are achieved
  • Monitor current category market conditions, technology roadmaps and identify supply/demand challenges & opportunities
  • Support the efforts of supplier quality team for supplier development, qualification, and quality issue resolution

You Have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain, Business, Finance or Engineering is required (a master’s degree is a plus)
  • Understanding of manufacturing processes and experience sourcing battery pack parts such as, rechargeable Lithium-ion cells, metal fabricated parts, plastic injection molded parts, battery management system and other high voltage electrical and electronic parts.
  • New Product Introduction experience is a plus
  • Experience working in Automotive, Commercial Vehicle, or an Electric Vehicle Start-up is a plus
  • Ability for Global Travel as needed – 25%
Candidates must have current U.S. work authorization or be TN eligible from Mexico or Canada.  This position is not eligible for CPT or OPT.


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