Materials Buyer

Galileo Learning - Hayward, CA - Full time

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Galileo is looking for a high-performing buyer to negotiate and build partnerships with multiple domestic and offshore vendors. As our purchasing leader, you will assess our internal needs, strategically and creatively source specialty suppliers, and arrange for the purchase and delivery of goods.

We value divergent thinkers who bring various experiences and viewpoints to the table at Galileo. We strongly encourage members of underrepresented groups and people of diverse backgrounds to apply.

Qualifications

  • You are intrigued or inspired by Galileo’s mission and purpose. Innovation education, project-based learning, and working in a professional, welcoming, deeply camp-inspired environment should sound like things you’re ready to explore or sign up for.
  • You’re a performance-driven, deeply accountable problem solver. Negotiating a great price or an excellent deal makes you downright giddy. You look at the details of life through a lens of optimization, measurement and efficiency, and feel responsible for ensuring stellar financial results.
  • You’re a determined and detailed executor. Forty thousand four-inch, yellow popsicle sticks? You leave no stone unturned in your efforts to find the exact ones for the best price and delivery times.
  • You’re a team player and process-oriented visionary. You can confidently contribute to a creative vision and have the team mindset to effectively collaborate with others to realize it.
  • You care about people and the relationships you build with them. You communicate clearly and effectively, act with a deep sense of empathy, and constantly nurture your relationships with colleagues and vendors.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Experience sourcing and managing vendors, with strong consideration for exact-match materials sourcing
  • Deep understanding of and experience with purchasing contracts
  • Excellent negotiation, customer service, and consulting skills
  • Strong market knowledge and experience working with international vendors; Mandarin fluency a plus
  • Experience with inventory tracking systems; experience with Fishbowl a plus
  • Strong project and inventory management and organizational skills
  • Advanced skills with Microsoft Office Suite, especially Excel

Responsibilities

  • You’ll create, execute and manage the plan to source vendor partnerships, and will constantly envision ways to do that better, hitting or beating all performance targets along the way.
  • You’ll develop and collaborate on overall purchasing strategy, then work to drive down company materials expenses. You’ll partner with our Curriculum, Field Operations and Finance functions to minimize expenses and maximize efficiency.
  • You’ll own all materials acquisition from start to finish. You’ll manage the purchasing data and supplies budget, select and manage vendors, negotiate the best possible price and terms, arrange the purchase and delivery of goods, and build long-standing partnerships.
  • You’ll be our in-house materials expert. You’ll evaluate and respond quickly to changing production requirements, supplier prices, evolving products, and markets and services.
  • You’ll continually assess our data and strategies, then innovate when necessary. You’ll gather expense data from supply systems to analyze costs. You’ll manage and improve supply management systems and integration with our inventory tracking system.
  • You’ll build trust and empathy to enable strong partnerships with multiple teams. You’ll extend that commitment and provide excellent service to camp staff as well.

Perks/Benefits

  • Base and bonus potential to be discussed during interview.
  • Employee medical and dental benefits provided by Galileo
  • 401(k) provided after one year of employment.
  • For team members with kids, we offer significant discounts on camp programs.

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Role

Operations

Experience Level

Mid Level

Galileo Learning

We think the world needs innovators. We also think kids who learn to explore and fail without fear—the essence of innovation—are happier, more creative and more confident when faced with life’s challenges. And we think kids with these skills are more likely to change our world and be the masters of their own.

The Galileo Operations and Warehouse team are masters of multitasking and organization, successfully coordinating the purchasing, inventory management, and delivery of all camp materials. You will directly interface with our Curriculum, Field Ops, and Finance teams to provide thousands of young innovators with tools to tinker and create. Plus, you’ll do it in a place filled with glue sticks and googly eyes, pool noodles and paper mache. It’s behind-the-scenes magic in the making, all year long.

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