Global Supply Manager, Lighting Systems

Phoenix, Arizona


As the Global Supply Manager, you will steer the sourcing, costing, negotiating, and strategic planning functions for the Lighting Systems category in our revolutionary Fuel Cell and Battery Electric vehicles. You will work closely within cross-functional teams to drive early supplier engagement throughout the development phases and product qualifications. You will build strong strategic relationships with supply partners to ensure project timing and cost targets are met. You will determine the total cost of ownership for your commodities by understanding the underlying cost drivers supporting new business awards.

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 lighting and other complex electrical components.
  • 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.


Equal Employment Opportunity statement (EEO)

Nikola Motor Company™ is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote without regard to race, color, age, sex, ancestry, marital status, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, medical condition, pregnancy, veteran status, genetic information or any other classification protected by state or federal law.

To all recruitment agencies: Nikola is not responsible for any fee related to unsolicited resumes from 3rd party staffing and recruiting agencies. No fee will be paid for candidates who apply and claim to be represented by an agency. Any unsolicited resumes, CVs, or other candidate information submitted by an agency will become the property of Nikola, and no fee will be paid in the event such candidate is hired.