Senior Manager, Strategic Supply Chain

Universal Hydrogen

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Full time

Trucks VC portfolio

Jul 9

Ready to join a team that is trailblazing the path to a more carbon-free planet? Universal Hydrogen is looking for a master of all things supply chain to develop and facilitate our next-generation powertrains and take ownership of commodity groups across Universal Hydrogen. You will report to the Director of Strategic Supply Chain and over time you will be responsible for building a local strategic sourcing team and solidifying strong relationships with our strategic partners. 

About the Role

  • Responsible for developing the suppliers and partner relationships in multiple of our development projects.
  • Negotiate commercial agreements in close collaboration with engineering and operations to manage long-term strategic relationships.
  • Track product cost and supplier readiness for all the sourced items in the development project to ensure we hit our business case in terms of cost, delivery time, and entry into service.
  • Participate in developing the strategic supply chain strategy and over time take ownership of specific categories.
  • Be prepared to be the local leader of the strategic supply chain when the team grows

About You

  • Proven track record of strategic and tactical sourcing within the aviation industry.
  • Experience working with integrated development projects across multidisciplinary teams such as engineering and operations.
  • Engineering with a business education or similar experience is preferred from strategic sourcing with a close understanding of engineering.
  • Able to work on all levels from developing the strategy to being very hands-on in critical supply situations in a high-growth environment.
  • Understand the aviation industry and the requirements for certification.

About Us

At Universal Hydrogen, our mission is to fuel carbon-free flight and reduce the climate impact of air travel. We are stitching together the end-to-end hydrogen value chain for aviation, both for hydrogen fuel and hydrogen-powered airplanes. We are building a transport and logistics network that moves hydrogen from production facilities to airports over the existing freight infrastructure, eliminating the need for costly new pipelines and storage facilities. Our system utilizes specialized capsules that safely store hydrogen during transit and also act as modular fuel tanks that load directly onto aircraft. We are also developing powertrain conversion kits to retrofit existing airplanes and enable new airplanes to fly on hydrogen. Founded by former executives from Airbus, United Technologies, Google, and DARPA, and backed by investors such as Playground Global, JetBlue, Toyota, and Airbus, we are convinced that hydrogen is the best and only scalable solution to truly decarbonize aviation, and we want to bring it to market decades sooner—by 2025.

We strive for a culture that is empowered, collaborative, open, and human-centered. We are driven by a sense of urgency to address climate change through the near-term decarbonization of commercial aviation. We recognize that people have a diverse set of preferences for work conditions and hours that optimize for their overall productivity and wellness, and both our cloud-based IT setup and flexible work policy reflects this. However, because we are building physical products, most roles will require working at our facility at Hawthorne Airport in Los Angeles most of the time.

Our compensation and benefits package promotes transparency, equitability, and long-term employee well-being, while rewarding individual and team performance. This includes cash bonuses and significant equity participation for all salaried employees, employer-paid health insurance coverage, generous parental leave, a pet-friendly headquarters located at Hawthorne Airport in Los Angeles, and generous paid time off. As a young company, we are actively working to expand the benefits we provide—including childcare, retirement, parental, and mental health benefits—and we’re always open to feedback on what’s most important to you. 

We know that no two candidates are the same, and we want to give you the opportunity to present yourself in the best way possible. Don’t hesitate to let us know how we can support a great recruitment process for you—whether that includes off-hours interview scheduling, captioning/transcription services, or other accommodations. We value diversity in all its forms, and encourage people from all backgrounds to apply, especially if you share in our mission to decarbonize air travel.

Please note that for the health and safety of our employees, we require all employees to provide proof of up-to-date COVID-19 vaccinations as recommended by the CDC (or a valid exemption).

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Fueling Carbon-Free Flight