Manager, Sourcing



Waltham, MA, USA
Posted on Friday, August 18, 2023

As a Sourcing Lead on our team, you will be given the challenge of leading the sourcing management of our direct mechanical suppliers who produce Markforged’s hardware systems and products. You will work with our mechanical supply base, including metal fabrication, machining, and plastic molding suppliers to bring exciting products and materials to our customers. You’ll also work closely with our Operations Engineering, Quality and Supply Chain teams to support our contracting manufacturers in supporting our business needs and continuously improving our methods and processes as we continue to scale.

The ideal candidate will bring strong strategic sourcing experience with mechanical supply partners in a technical product environment. We’re looking for advanced mechanical category sourcing experience, strong communication and organizational ability, and a strong purchasing and sourcing foundation, ideally in a growing and scaling production environment. This individual needs to be self-motivated, bring strong experience with major supply partner management and category management, and be willing to learn and adapt in a fast-paced organization.

What will you own?

  • Serve as the primary Sourcing lead with our mechanical supply base to achieve cost, delivery, and quality performance.
  • Lead Sourcing efforts for the mechanical category relating to needs assessment, supplier identification, evaluation, bidding, and contracting.
  • Develop a capable, scaleable and competitive mechanical supply base to support a scaling and growing business plan.
  • Manage Sourcing supply risk efforts with mechanical supply base; including identification of critical risks to our business as well as mitigation plans and strategies.
  • Identify and advance cost projects with assigned suppliers to support productivity cost attainment targets and to establish a strong cost savings project pipeline.
  • Prioritize and escalate issues threatening or impacting production, and assist in resolution through coordination with internal Markforged teams and personnel as required.
  • Develop, secure buy in, and implement sourcing strategies for assigned categories.
  • Identify, evaluate, and recommend category suppliers as necessary to support business needs and achieve best value for our business.
  • Recommend and initiate projects and process changes leading to continuous improvement in quality, efficiency, inventory, and cost.
  • Develop strong supplier relationships and negotiate contracts with supply partners.
  • Sourcing strategy throughout the complete life cycle of the products - New Product Introduction (NPI) to Volume Manufacturing and to Product Discontinuance.

Important Note:

Although we list out what we generally look for, we are very likely missing other attributes and skills that you have that could make you a great fit, but are not currently listed. Research has shown this especially applies to women and other marginalized groups, who tend to apply if they check 100% of every box, versus men who apply if they hit roughly 60%. The point we’re getting at, it doesn’t hurt to take a chance and apply!

What you have:

  • Passion for progressive strategic sourcing and category management, and progressive advancement within the profession
  • At least 5+ years applied experience as a Senior Buyer or Category Manager with category responsibility environment, ideally with an annual $10M+ spend responsibility
  • Skilled at contracting with major supply partners and experienced in commercial negotiations and agreement development
  • Skilled at supply partner risk analysis and related mitigation strategies
  • Experience working with Engineering, Manufacturing, Quality and supply partners to introduce new products and lead continuous improvement projects
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively across internal departments and with external partners
  • Experience with Operations best practices such as LEAN, Kaizen, 5S, and Six Sigma
  • Comfortable with single-source negotiations, managing conflict, and escalating issues when appropriate
  • Highly motivated and organized individual with sharp analytical and process mindset
  • Demonstrated cost reduction experience and track record with a range of categories and projects
  • Enjoys challenging the status quo and sharing new ideas
  • Willing to travel periodically both domestically and internationally
  • Thrives in a fast-paced dynamic environment


Why Markforged?
Help us reinvent manufacturing.
We are reinventing manufacturing so that engineers can build anything they imagine.
We are one team that wins together!
You will be engaging every day with passionate and dedicated individuals in a collaborative environment working towards making best-in-class products.
Perks & Benefits
For all US-based roles, we offer a competitive compensation package and a full suite of benefits, including medical insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, 401(k), parental leave, commuter benefits, open PTO policy, and more. Our work environment includes casual dress, a fully stocked kitchen, bike storage, free parking, weekly catered lunches, and fitness perks. You will have unlimited access to our 3D printers for professional and personal parts!
Markforged values the differences among our employees and provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment. These differences include but are not limited to race, color, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age, disability, gender identity, results of genetic testing, or service in the military. This goal emphasizes the development of inclusive work environments that capitalize on each employee’s skills, experience, and unique perspectives as we strive to achieve an unparalleled standard of excellence.
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