Sourcing Manager

Full Time | Morrisville, NC


AlgiKnit is a biomaterials company integrating science and design into textile production. Addressing the ecological damage caused by the fashion industry, AlgiKnit is creating durable yet rapidly degradable yarns. We envision the next generation of sustainable, wearable and ethical materials, produced within a closed-loop life cycle.

AlgiKnit is looking for a talented and motivated individual to join our sourcing team to assist with the development of raw material and production supply chains. Our employees gain a unique and fulfilling experience by developing and executing hands-on approaches to sustainably-minded strategies in a dynamic start-up environment. Our team members benefit from a small, close-knit working environment as all facets of our business are done collaboratively in our shared facilities.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop, implement, and maintain a supply chain management system

  • Establish and implement a supplier vetting process of new and existing suppliers

  • Identify and develop new suppliers and improve the value-added level of existing suppliers in support of savings, quality, delivery and lead time reduction initiatives

  • Work with suppliers to address significant and/or systemic issues with performance (quality, delivery, warranty, etc.) 

  • Negotiate key items with suppliers including pricing, payment terms, lead time, and inventory programs

  • Establish quality control standards and other sourcing procedures

  • Develop SOPs and systems to catalog and track data

  • Regularly monitor market trends and purchase price variances. Resolve for any major changes with internal team members as well as suppliers

  • Create cost estimates and forecasts for the procurement of raw materials 

  • Collaborate cross functionally with teams including finance, partnerships, business development, etc. 

  • Translate key goals and KPIs from management in to project plans and actionable items

  • Utilize standard project management tools and summary documents to track and communicate status of projects.

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced team environment and remain flexible and open-minded

  • Strong management skills to oversee a broad set of tasks and projects

  • Establish regular communication strategies with other team members and third parties

Required Skills:

  • Must have experience and know-how related to fiber production, supply mapping, and procurement

  • Must have experience and know-how related to seaweed

  • Experience in developing and scaling raw materials

  • Team growth and management 

  • Ability to handle confidential business information

  • Self-starter who can work independently 

  • Ability to learn new skills and problem solve

  • Professional, detail-oriented, and excellent in time management

  • Team player with a positive attitude

  • Previous experience with Microsoft Office and Google Suite

Supplementary: 

  • Knowledge/background inp environments

  • A passion for sustainability and circular economies 

  • APICS or similar professional certification

  • Experience with research laboratories 

Job Details:

Qualification: Bachelor's or higher degree in business, economics, finance, logistics, or  relevant disciplines

5+ years of professional experience with manufacturing procedures

Employment: Full-time

Location: Morrisville, NC