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Inventory Manager

Kindred Motorworks

Kindred Motorworks

Operations · Full-time
Vallejo, CA, USA
90,000 – 130,000 USD per year
Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Company Overview

We are marketing folks, technicians, software developers, mechanical engineers, designers, painters, and car lovers. We love a whiff of gasoline and we geek out about the torque provided by electric motors. Above all we believe the world is a better place with vintage cars out on the road.

We strive to create a meaningful workplace at Kindred, which means something different for each of our team members. For some, it’s getting these immortal vehicles on the road. For others it’s the portion of revenue we donate to our local community for every vehicle sold. For many at Kindred, it’s the inclusive work environment we’ve created.

Our cars create joyful experiences for our customers and immense pride for our team. If you can match our passion, values, and work ethic, we want you!

Position Summary

The Procurement & Inventory Manager will report to the VP of Supply Chain and be responsible sourcing, purchasing, and inventory. This includes finding vendors, ordering parts, managing vendor relationships, and ultimately ensuring that we always maintain proper inventory levels. This person will own the process from end to end and will manage a team as we grow.

The ideal candidate will have an automotive background and proven experience as a sourcing, procurement, and/or inventory manager. The right person should also be comfortable working independently, making decisions, and optimizing processes for efficiency and accuracy.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The essential functions include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Lead the procurement of parts for all vehicles built by Kindred
  • Optimize processes for tracking and managing stock levels, part level lead times, and cost
  • Optimize processes for receiving and managing inventory
  • Data analysis - Understand your costs and find opportunities to lower the total cost of parts and/or shipping
  • Understand part and vendor level risk - Adjust accordingly to prevent production delays
  • Ensure that we have the right technology/tools in place to efficiently manage procurement and inventory
  • Set priorities, goals, and deadlines to ensure we have the correct stock on hand
  • Work closely with our design team to ensure that we understand the exact parts specifications needed for each build
  • Hire, train, and develop a team as we grow

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities)

  • Proven experience as a sourcing, procurement, and/or inventory manager – Ideally manufacturing with many SKU’s
  • Strong project management and leadership skills
  • Ability to negotiate with vendors
  • Comfortable with ambiguity - We are doing something new and innovative so you will need to be a hands-on problem solver
  • Sound judgement
  • Enjoys putting structure and processes in place
  • Automotive experience – Industry experience or equivalent
  • Clear communicator – Strong written and verbal skills
  • Passion for automotive restoration and modification
  • Detail oriented, positive attitude, and a sense of humor
  • Neat and organized

Desired Skills

  • Aftermarket automotive parts experience
  • Experience with Fishbowl Inventory Software
  • BS in supply chain management, logistics or business administration

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions.

You will spend time in a working facility, particularly as we build out our processes. Walking, sitting, standing, bending, and stooping. Lifting, carrying, or pushing/pulling supplies, materials, equipment and/or items weighing up to 75 pounds. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but at times requires ear plugs and/or the use of eye protection.

Kindred Motorworks is an equal opportunity employer.