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Global Supply Manager

Production and Supply Chain · Seattle, Washington

First Mode is a carbon reduction company developing creative, clean energy solutions for heavy industry’s toughest problems.

We hope you’ll join us in building a brighter future for people and planet.

First Mode is seeking to grow its skillset in supply chain and production. As a member of the team, with broad experience in researching, finding, auditing, developing, and contracting new and novel supply chain partners, the Global Supply Manager will be the backbone of the hardware procurement group.

Position Responsibilities

  • Establish and manage strategic partnerships with suppliers
  • Evaluate supplier core competencies and competitive positioning
  • Drive supplier contracting activity, including NDAs, RFI/RFP, POs and Master Supply Agreements
  • Negotiate complex multi-year agreements with suppliers
  • Manage change and stop work orders as needed in often ambiguous phases of product lifecycle
  • Partner closely with in-house engineering and manufacturing to understand supply requirements and deliver on expectations
  • Lead vendor selection process with engineering team
  • Manage on-time delivery from global suppliers to global First Mode R&D and manufacturing locations
  • Manage supplier relationships and dispute resolution
  • Translate concepts/assumption into a tangible solution that delivers value
  • Develop/enhance supply chain processes
  • Mentor junior team members on supply chain principles
  • Develop/lead/execute supply chain projects

Basic Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience in global supply management
  • Significant experience negotiating with suppliers
  • Significant experience supporting the launch of new, highly engineered products
  • Demonstrated ability supporting rapid production iteration and manufacturing ramp-up
  • Bachelors in engineering, business, supply chain management, or related discipline 

Preferred Qualifications

  • 7+ years experience in global supply management
  • MBA or Masters degree in supply chain management
  • Experience working with R&D engineering on rapid production iteration in industrial or transportation product development is a strong plus
  • Experience in electric vehicle development and manufacturing
  • Experience developing supply chain business processes from first principles
  • Experience using ERP/MRP systems to support all aspects of supply chain including ordering, receiving, reporting, item creation/management and supplier management

Additional Requirements

  • Must be willing to travel within the United States and internationally to represent First Mode to its customers, vendors and partners (up to 30%)


  • This position will be located at First Mode’s headquarters in Seattle, WA and will be required to work in office >60% of working hours

Total Rewards

Base Salary Range: $112,000 - $184,000

      Global Supply Manager II: $112,000 - $152,000
      Senior Global Supply Manager I: $124,000 - $168,000
      Senior Global Supply Manager II: $136,000 - $184,000

Benefits & Perks

  • Annual bonus incentive
  • Equity-based awards
  • 100% employer-paid health insurance (medical, dental, vision)
  • 401(k) retirement account with a 3% employer contribution from the start of employment
  • Flexible PTO with 12 weeks of supplementary paid parental leave
  • Commuter benefits (parking & public transportation)
  • A culture that encourages professional growth with learning and development reimbursements
  • Open and collaborative workspace with free office snacks and lunches
  • Hybrid work model


First Mode is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with First Mode is governed on the basis of merit, competence, and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.