Director, Supply Chain

  • Sunpower
  • Austin, TX, USA
  • May 18, 2020
Executive / Director Supply Chain

Job Description

Do you want to change the world? We do, too.
The energy market is roughly $4 trillion globally, and solar penetration is less than 1%.  But just one hour of sunlight, if harnessed, could power the entire world for a year. We have the opportunity to completely change the way energy is produced, distributed and consumed on a global scale, and we’re looking for talented, committed people to help us drive our growth and achieve our goals.
SunPower is a global solar energy solutions company with a rich heritage of pioneering the best energy technologies in the world. Our solutions are unrivaled in terms of long-term reliability, efficiency and guaranteed performance, and our company is unmatched in terms of global reach and scale. Through design, manufacturing, installation and ongoing maintenance and monitoring, SunPower provides its proprietary, world-record efficient solar technology to residential, commercial and utility customers worldwide.
SunPower is changing the way our world is powered every day with a brilliant, passionate and driven team of more than 7,000 in North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. In an industry that is reshaping the world’s energy future, there’s no better place to be than SunPower.
We believe that our employees create our brand – with each project, each communication, each task completed and each interaction. Experience is critical to SunPower in regards to not only our customers but also our employees and dealer partners. As such, we strive to hire candidates that are service focused. The experience we would expect the ideal person to deliver is:

Summary of Role:

We are seeking an experienced supply chain professional to establish and lead a team of supply chain professionals to enable the lowest total cost supply chain, logistics and inventory management solutions for solar power plants and distributed generation sites operated and maintained by our rapidly growing Operations & Maintenance (O&M) team. The supply chain group is a key component of O&M and will be run as a profit center.  The Director reports to the VP of O&M and closely coordinates efforts with Business Unit (BUs) Leaders, support functions and senior managers from the field operations teams.



The Director of the Supply Chain Team will create scalable Global Commodity, logistics, and inventory management strategies for Power Plant and Distributed Generation sites, operated by O&M, and create a profit center by:

  • Establishing, in close collaboration with the BUs, the sourcing strategy for critical parts and components
  • Establish an inventory management system for critical parts and components
  • Establish pricing strategies to maintain 40% and higher gross margins for the BU
  • Support suppliers’ accountability for cost, schedule and quality, aiding in escalations as needed to ensure effective actions are promptly taken
  • Drive continuous improvement of the existing BOS supplier base through the Quarterly Business Review (QBR) process
  • Collaborate with the engineering and robotics products teams
    • Meet cost targets on the cost reduction roadmap 
    • Establish a process for analyzing and identifying critical parts based on failure rates and difficulty of sourcing
  • Supervise the preparation of negotiation plans and lead negotiations with key suppliers.
  • Ensures negotiated costs and other T&Cs are kept up-to-date in appropriate databases at all times
  • Define and develop a services procurement strategy that can;
    • Enable multi gigawatt volume in key markets
  • Create a best in class procurement services organization
    • Develop services suppliers who can support sites
    • Create a service cost database that enables quick cost analysis
  • Improve existing management operating system which includes;
    • Product delivery tracking status & frequency
    • Budget tracking status & frequency
    • Standardization of the reporting toolset
  • Executive update and reporting
    • Be an executive leader to update organizational progress and status
    • Ensure cross-functional alignment to one source of forecast, order, delivery & cost data

Minimum Requirements

• Bachelor's degree in Business, Management, Supply Chain, Engineering/Technical Degree, and 15+ years of related experience
• Experience leading people and working effectively across functions and across business cultures
• Experience in supplier management and materials management, experience in construction or product development a plus
• Effective project management, negotiation, contract management, and interpersonal communication skills

Preferred Requirements

• Master's degree with 15 years of related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.

• S/he will define a management operating system that aligns each organization internally and externally in a structured and disciplined manner providing a clear cadence for data collection as well as a systematic process for reporting progress to the executive team.
• S/he will work closely with project management teams to create an optimized supply chain support organization that provides clear role accountability, lines of communication and optimizes each organization’s strengths and roles.
•Critical to supporting these activities will be establishing a standard set of supplier readiness metrics, both initial lots and run at rate

•The creation of this supply chain will be the critical success factor enabling to win multi-Giga business opportunities. These efforts will have visibility to all areas of the company requiring executive updates and interaction.
• In-depth knowledge of procurement systems and business/customers, combining with a technical understanding of component manufacturing process and functionality.
• Expert experience as a business leader in procurement strategies and trends.

• 15 or more years of management experience required including experience at an executive level.

Other Pertinent Requirements
• 25% of travel required
• Relocation assistance will be provided to the selected candidate

Equal Employment Opportunity
The Company is an equal employment opportunity employer and makes employment decisions, including but not limited to, hiring, firing, promotion, demotion, training, and/or compensation, on the basis of merit. Employment decisions are based on an individual’s qualifications as they relate to the job under consideration. The Company’s policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on sex (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions, the actual sex of the individual, or the gender identity or gender expression), race, color, religion, including religious dress practices and religious grooming practices, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, marital status, familial status, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, protected veteran or military status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local laws, ordinances, or regulations. The Company is committed to complying with all applicable laws providing equal employment opportunities. This commitment applies to all persons involved in the operations of the Company and prohibits unlawful discrimination by any employee of the Company, including supervisors and co-workers.

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

SunPower Supports EEO

Accommodation for Applicants to SunPower Corporation
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SunPower is a federal government contractor. As a part of the Company’s obligations under law, it

must develop a written Affirmative Action Program (AAP) for the Disabled, Recently Separated

Veterans, Armed Forces Service Medal Veterans, Disabled Veterans and Active Duty Wartime

Or Campaign Badge Veterans and for Women and Minorities as specified by law.


Non-confidential and non-proprietary aspects of the AAP are available for inspection by applicants

and employees, consistent with applicable law, which will be made available during office hours by

contacting the EEO Officer.

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Organization type



5000+ employees