Commodity Buyer
Carlsbad, California - Full Time


  • Lead the strategic sourcing process for the vehicle zone (Battery, Body in White, Chassis, Drivetrain, High Voltage, Interior, Low Voltage, Solar)
  • Develop competitive sourcing strategies by analyzing the supply base, market conditions, and technology roadmaps, conduct Make vs Buy analysis
  • Lead contractual negotiations with suppliers on NDA’s, SOW’s, and Production Supply Agreements
  • Develop material cost forecasts and estimates for commodities based on designs and specifications
  • Identify potential suppliers, analyze capabilities, and develop a sourcing strategy and roadmap for Aptera development and production aims
  • Perform detailed analysis of supplier quote submissions based on lead time risks and cost structure breakdown data while referencing supporting should-cost models
  • Support identification of material cost optimization and process improvement opportunities
  • Actively manage supplier relationships and performance using KPI’s
  • Support Engineering and Finance teams to optimize cost targets
  • Work closely with Program Management to track sourcing progress and execute vehicle build events

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s in Business, Finance, Engineering (Mechanical, Industrial, Electrical) or related discipline
  • Motivated and eager to work in a dynamic fast-paced environment
  • Familiarity with RFP/RFQ process
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and G-suite
  • Excellent negotiation skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and good follow-up habits
  • Ability to build and maintain positive and strong working relationships
  • Exceptional organization ability and attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently on multiple tasks and projects with various teams including engineers, finance, legal, and supply chain personnel
  • Tolerant of direct discourse and promotion of free and open exchange of ideas in the workplace
  • Preferred Qualifications: It is not expected that a candidate has all the following, but please make a note if you do.
  • 3+ years of relevant experience sourcing from and managing commercial business relationships with large suppliers in an Automotive, Electronics, or high-volume manufacturing business
  • Minimum of 3.5 GPA or a significant professional or personal accomplishment 
  • Experience with ERP Systems, NetSuite preferred
  • Experience drafting and reviewing appropriate NDA and Purchase Agreement language
  • Ability to travel up to 25% (nationally and internationally)
  • Strong analytical ability to break down complex problems and data sets to derive meaningful, actionable results
  • Ability to understand Engineering requirements and provide focused supply-chain solutions
  • Experience with tier 1 and tier 2 suppliers
  • Experience negotiating global contracts

Aptera designs electric vehicles with extreme efficiency, using low-drag aerodynamics inspired by nature, able to travel 1,000 miles on a single charge and power themselves just by being parked in the sun. Aptera's purpose, our drive, is to bring freedom to people and the planet, and that's what keeps us accelerating into the future.