Global Supplier Development Manager

Nimble Robotics

Nimble Robotics

51-200 employees

Autonomous logistics service using AI robotics

Robotics & Automation
Industrial & Manufacturing
AI & Machine Learning


San Francisco, CA, USA

  • Bachelor's Degree in engineering or supply chain management or equivalent experience.
  • 2+ years of experience in manufacturing, operations, supply chain or supplier quality and/or supplier development.
  • Understanding of strategic sourcing, financial and business opportunity analysis, comfort with legal frameworks, and contract negotiation skills
  • Ability to understand technical drawings and specifications, with basic knowledge of manufacturing processes and quality assurance for components managed.
  • Understanding of Geometric Design and Tolerancing (GD&T) and datum structures is preferred.
  • Knowledge of Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP), Production Part Approval Process (PPAP), Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA), and Run at Rates is preferred.
  • Ability and willingness to travel domestically & internationally with no restrictions on location.
  • Must be willing to work significant overtime hours and on weekends as necessary.
  • Own RFx for Strategic Components: Mechanical, Electromechanical Assemblies, Electronics, Processed Metal/Plastics.
  • Negotiate Contracts, Agreements, and Terms & Conditions as needed.
  • Own piece price and tooling negotiations to ensure Best-in-class pricing.
  • Own vendor selection and engineer supply chain to enable optimum cost and highest quality to meet Nimble’s business needs.
  • Actively monitor global industry trends, technology road maps and partner engineering to identify and mitigate Supply/Demand challenges.
  • Manage Supplier relationships and performance including but not limited to dispute resolution, supplier scorecards and business reviews.
  • Engage with engineering on design reviews, technical discussions and DFM to drive decisions from a cost perspective.
  • Participate in supplier DFM reviews & guide suppliers in efficient use of poka-yokes, best methods of manufacturing, testing, and gauging and correct tools or assembly equipment to use.
  • Lead cross functional team to manage project timelines, develop/maintain action trackers, schedule to ensure on-time delivery of parts from supplier.
  • Communicate key metrics not limited to cost, supply, quality with management teams.
  • Develop and lead action plans to mitigate identified risks in the supply base.
  • Build and maintain relationships with cross functional teams and influence decisions with stakeholders to support Nimble’s goals.
  • Drive Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) for production launch and ensure manufacturing lines meet demand.
  • Work with the Engineering (Design and Manufacturing Engineers) team to define process parameters and criteria to ensure supplier process capability is effective to meet product and process requirements.
  • Facilitate root cause analysis and corrective actions of supplier quality issues.

Company Stage

Series B

Total Funding



San Francisco, California



Growth & Insights

6 month growth


1 year growth


2 year growth