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Lyft // on-demand ride-sharing
Palo Alto, CA    Posted: Tuesday, January 14, 2020
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At Lyft, community is what we are & its what we do. Its what makes us different. To create the best ride for all, we start in our own community by creating an open, inclusive, & diverse organization where all team members are recognized for what they bring.

This team is focused on urban transportation & removing congestion, read more here!

Level 5 is looking for doers & creative problem solvers to join us in developing the leading self-driving vehicle for ridesharing. Our team members come from diverse backgrounds & areas of expertise, & each has the opportunity to have an outsized influence on the future of our technology. Our world-class software & hardware experts work in brand new garages & labs in Palo Alto, California, & offices in London, England & Munich, Germany. And were moving at an incredible pace: were currently servicing employee rides in our test vehicles on the Lyft app. Learn more at

In this role, the successful candidate will focus on traditional strategic sourcing models including commodity analysis, short-term/long-term commodity planning, consolidation, supplier scorecards & vendor management. A strong understanding of one or more strategic sourcing models is desired but not required. Lyfts sourcing process includes multiple phases from building a category strategy, identifying specific sourcing opportunities, contract negotiations, purchase order issuance, & implementation. The process involves steps such as preparing global market research, price/cost analysis, "should cost" models, Total Cost of Ownership, industry trends, commodity best practices & industry benchmarking to drive sourcing decisions.

In addition to the specific sourcing, procurement, & vendor management responsibilities, this position is expected to contribute to the maturity of the overall function. This includes creating & refining processes, tools & templates that can be applied to across all vendors & categories worldwide.


  • Develop supply chain & commodity strategies ensuring supplier(s) are capable of meeting Lyfts current & future technical & business requirements
  • Lead the identification, sourcing, & management of key component & manufacturing partners
  • Establish supplier selection criteria, evaluate alternative suppliers, manage the RFQ process, & drive final supplier selection in partnership with Hardware Engineering
  • Lead Total Cost Reduction program to ensure the lowest possible total cost, including product cost, transportation cost, inventory cost, & cost of quality
  • Determine appropriate business splits between suppliers where appropriate
  • Maintain expertise/knowledge of market trends including rigorous analysis of market drivers, cost structures, technical improvements & competitive landscape
  • Negotiate key strategic agreements with suppliers to establish best-in-class pricing, flexibility, quality, delivery, payment, warranty, & service terms
  • Drive Early Supplier Involvement initiatives to ensure our commodity suppliers are proactively providing input into new product designs & future product roadmaps
  • Provide right recommendations to management, & finalize/release contract/PO
  • Travel periodically to suppliers manufacturing sites
  • Other duties as needed


  • 5+ years of industry experience working in Strategic Sourcing & Procurement
  • Has been a business owner for assigned categories, possessing a complete understanding of internal & external variables that impact category & our business
  • Built & maintained (partnering) effective working relationship with assigned business area
  • Independent self-starter with high degree of confidence & business acumen
  • Solid team player; can work cooperatively & effectively in a team environment
  • Strong consultative, analytical, & problem solving skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, & negotiation skills
  • Self motivated, reliable, passionate, & can keep to deadlines
  • Experience & understanding with legal frameworks & contract negotiation (development, supply, licensing, & service agreements)
  • Experience managing Autonmous Drive commodoties (e.g. cameras, LiDARs) is a plus
  • Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, supply chain management, finance, business administration or related discipline. MBA or other advanced degree is a plus
  • SPSM, CPSM, or CTPE Certification is a plus
  • Experience with Coupa is a plus
  • Experience with product lifecycle beginning with NPI. Knowledge of the various pre-production phases (EVT, DVT & PVT) is a plus


  • Great medical, dental, & vision insurance options
  • In addition to 11 observed holidays, salaried team members have unlimited paid time off, hourly team members have 15 days paid time off
  • 401(k) plan to help save for your future
  • 18 weeks of paid parental leave. Biological, adoptive, & foster parents are all eligible
  • Monthly commuter subsidy to cover your transit to work
  • 20% off all Lyft rides

Lyft is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer that proudly pursues & hires a diverse workforce. Lyft does not make hiring or employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion or religious belief, ethnic or national origin, nationality, sex, gender, gender-identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable local, state, or federal laws or prohibited by Company policy. Lyft also strives for a healthy & safe workplace & strictly prohibits harassment of any kind. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance & other similar state laws & local ordinances, & its internal policy, Lyft will also consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest & conviction records.

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