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Director of Commodity Management



Shanghai, China
Posted on Saturday, December 9, 2023

Luminar is a global automotive technology company ushering in a new era of vehicle safety and autonomy. For the past decade, Luminar has built an advanced hardware and software/AI platform to enable its more than 50 industry partners, including the majority of global automotive OEMs. From consumer vehicle programs with Volvo Cars and Mercedes-Benz to technology partnerships including NVIDIA and Mobileye, Luminar is poised to be the first automotive technology company to enable next-generation safety and autonomous capabilities for global production vehicles. For more information please visit www.luminartech.com.


  • The Director of Commodity Management will be responsible for leading the commodity team of production purchasing commodities including Electronics, Mechanicals, Optics, Lazer, and consumables
  • Provide strategic directions and guidelines to achieve the best performance from supply partners
  • Support and train global commodity team members in developing and executing sourcing strategies for Luminar
  • Lead commercial relationship with the Contract Manufacturing partners.
  • Ensure compliance and governance by improving processes and procedures
  • Ensure timely and effective actions to comply with project sourcing requirements
  • Develop commodity KPIs, goals and objectives, report out to the management
  • Act as escalation point for the global commodity team
  • Act as business engagement leader by working closely with the cross functional team to identify business needs and requirements, align commodity strategies, improve value add and competitive advantage
  • Ensure achieving corporate and department performance targets
  • Support developing high level negotiation strategies with supply base relationship management
  • Escalation for supplier contract execution, supplier scorecards, supply risk & other supplier management functions
  • Implement procurement policies with suppliers to ensure flexibility and minimize working capital requirements
  • Assess ongoing performance of supply base and drive effective performance improvement
  • Handle other tasks and responsibilities as assigned by management

Minimum Requirements

  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in Automotive Procurement
  • Minimum of 8 years sourcing experience, especially in BCC (Best Cost Country)
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience developing & executing commodity strategies, and evidence of being able to effectively communicate those plans to all levels of the organization
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in Contract Manufacturing relationship management
  • Strong understanding of Supplier & Project Management
  • Strong experience in Relationship & Change Management
  • Demonstrated cross-functional team leadership
  • Ability to drive aggressive implementation plans and schedules
  • Must be able to problem solve and handle multiple tasks effectively
  • Strong background and ability in administration of contracts
  • Strong analytical, research and negotiation skills
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively at any level
  • Experience with MS Office applications: Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Project
  • Bachelor’s degree in business or engineering fields

Preferred Requirements:

  • 10+ years of relevant work experience
  • Prior experience leading teams, including cross-functional teams
  • Global experience, especially AP, EU and Mexico
  • Ability to read, and comprehend technical documents (drawings, specs, engineering changes, etc)

Luminar is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age, disability, gender identity, results of genetic testing, service in the military, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. We will make a reasonable accommodation for any qualified applicant with a disability, provided that the individual is otherwise qualified to safely perform the essential functions of the job with or without accommodation and that the accommodation would not impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business. Please let us know if you believe you require reasonable accommodation, or if you would like assistance to complete an application or to participate in an interview at the company.