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Head of Strategic Sourcing



Posted on Saturday, February 4, 2023
At Glowforge, we help people bring home the future and make it their own. Our printer uses a laser to carve and engrave products from raw materials like wood, leather, acrylic – even cardboard. Take a look and see for yourself.
We build magical products to delight our customers, and we do it while taking care of each other. We hire people who are outstanding at what they do, who thrive in tight-knit teams, and who want to make things that make a difference.
Together, we've built a product we're incredibly proud of, and the reward has been incredible growth.
We work together because we believe in the power of creativity. We believe we can bring about a future where anyone can print anything.
We're a remote-first company - just let us know where you prefer to work from!
Why We Need You
Our company has been growing incredibly fast, driven by the incredible products we create - and the products our customers print with them. We need your experience and leadership skills to mature our team and capabilities needed to scale our operations.
We are looking for a technically savvy strategic sourcing leader to help us transform the magic created in our labs into real products - manufactured by a world-class set of suppliers and manufacturing partners. Selecting and developing the right partners and suppliers are some of the most strategic and vitally important decisions we make anywhere in our company!
Here’s what you’ll be doing
You will be leading a small, mighty, international sourcing team working across functions to develop and scale our sourcing strategies, processes, plans and metrics.
Doing this well means being able to identify and get the most from extraordinary partners who are strategically aligned with us from a business, commercial, technology and cultural standpoint. You will identify emerging technologies and global supply trends, partner with our product development team to engage early in the product development process and find, assess, and lead the selection process for our key partners.
It also means leading internally - making sure we have a well organized and articulated sourcing processes, clear criteria and strong partnerships with other departments such as Engineering and Quality.
Most importantly, you will develop a team of commodity and technical sourcing professionals that are specialists in our core technology areas. You and your team will impact the company’s business results by driving continuous improvement in quality, cost, delivery and technology across our entire supply chain.

Core Qualifications

  • Minimum 12 years of product development, engineering, manufacturing and/or supply chain management experience, with at least 5 years experience in a sourcing leadership role within a consumer electronics company
  • Experience successfully setting up, managing and scaling a network of key suppliers and contract manufacturers - including negotiating all commercial terms, statements of work, and agreements
  • Strong executive presence and ability to operate on a strategic level with top-level executives from both large and small companies
  • Proven leadership skills - experience building and leading high performance teams during periods of rapid growth and change
  • You have a 4-year degree, or equivalent experience

It would be nice if…

  • You have a mix of both large company, high volume experience, coupled with high growth, smaller company experience
  • You are creative and resonate with our mission to serve the global community of makers
  • You have an advanced degree in business, technology management, supply chain management or equivalent
Pay range information: At Glowforge we care deeply about equitable and fair pay. The pay range for this role is $205,862 to $236,126, plus stock options and a bonus plan. We set your offer based on objective market data. We put tremendous care into our process - we wrote all about it here.
Benefits information: You and your dependents are covered by amazing and comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance. We encourage everyone to take advantage of matching with our 401k plan. You’ll enjoy 4 weeks of vacation, plus 11 paid holidays (we let you choose them instead of choosing for you), each year. You can read more on our careers page.
Send us a resume or a link to whatever showcases your skills the best. If a resume isn’t handy, a LinkedIn profile or GitHub account is fine. We can’t wait to meet you.
We love cover letters. We read them before the resume. Please tell us about a product that you worked on that you’re proud of, and what contribution you made that you’re most excited about.
In your cover letter, in addition to whatever you’d like to say, please tell us about the product or feature you’re most proud of in your portfolio. What about it makes you grin from ear to ear?
There's one more very important thing. We are an equal opportunity employer. We search for amazing people with a diverse set of backgrounds, experiences, abilities, and perspectives. We take care of each other to create an inclusive work environment where we love to come to work every day. We'd be happy to provide reasonable accommodations to help you apply - just email us at We'd love to have you join us.