Soma Capital Portfolio Jobs

Purchasing Specialist

Gecko Robotics

Gecko Robotics

Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2024

What We Do

Gecko Robotics is helping the world’s most important organizations ensure the availability, reliability, and sustainability of critical infrastructure. Gecko's complete and connected solutions combine wall-climbing robots, industry-leading sensors, and an AI-powered data platform to provide customers with a unique window into the current and future health of their physical assets. This enables real-time decision making to increase the efficiency and safety of operations, promote mission readiness, and protect the environment and civilization from the effects of infrastructure failure.

Role at a Glance

Purchasing resides at the heart of numerous Gecko activities, nationally and internationally. You will partner deeply with Field Operations, Engineering, Internal Operations, Product Development and Facilities. As a Purchasing Manager you will cultivate strong lines of communication and relationships with both internal and external stakeholders to establish requirements and ensure compliance. As a cross-functional team member, you will be expected to reach beyond your department to help Gecko holistically run more efficiently and thoughtfully.

What you will do

  • Own the ongoing development and strategy within Purchasing including creating / revising processes, building tools to promote optimization, and assessing data to align priorities with team objectives
  • Collaborate cross functionally to incorporate Purchasing activities within new product launches, support of satellite locations, cutting edge R&D projects, and inventory management
  • Own execution of activities within the ERP System (NetSuite)including:
    • Placing Purchase Orders
    • Creating and onboarding New Vendors
    • Creating and setting up New Items
  • Collaborate with critical suppliers to establish processes and relationships that foster efficiency and accuracy to ensure that items arrive on time and in full
  • Act as coach/mentor to colleagues on the Purchasing processes and strategy
  • Represent Purchasing in cross functional meetings tasked with on boarding new satellite locations globally

Technologies We Use

  • NetSuite
  • SalesForce
  • Google WorkSpace (primary)
  • Microsoft Office (secondary)
  • Atlassian Suite (Confluence & Jira)
  • Slack

About You

Required Skills

  • 8-10+ years of purchasing or related experience
  • Outstanding organizational skills and the ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks seamlessly with excellent attention to detail
  • Demonstrated proactive approaches to problem-solving with strong decision-making capability
  • Ability to understand technical concepts and apply knowledge to procurement processes
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, able to build strong relationships and drive to consensus
  • Highly resourceful and independent team-player, with the ability to operate autonomously and meet deadlines
  • Must remain calm under pressure and enjoy thinking creatively, solving problems, and implementing process improvements
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize work with a strong attention to detail
  • Proven ability to flex and adapt to various competing demands, and demonstrate the highest level of customer/client service and response
  • Ability and interest in being primarily in person in our HQ in Pittsburgh

Preferred Skills

  • Bachelor's Degree in Supply Chain Management, Finance, or related field
  • Previous experience reading and interpreting engineering diagrams and documentation
  • Experience with Purchasing Electronic components (Highly preferred)
  • Experience with Purchasing custom fabricated components (various materials)
  • New product development + startup experience
  • NetSuite experience (Highly preferred)

Who We Are

At Gecko, our people are our greatest investment. In addition to competitive compensation packages, we offer company equity, 401(k) matching, gender-neutral parental leave, full medical, dental, and vision insurance, mental health and wellness support, ongoing professional development, family planning assistance, and flexible paid time off.

Gecko values collaboration, innovation, and partnership, and we believe we do our best work when we're together in person. We’re an office-first culture but understand that sometimes you may need to work from home. Many people are in the office five days a week, others need a bit more flexibility. Ultimately, we care about the outcomes we achieve - and creating a culture of autonomy and trust that enables that impact.

Gecko is committed to creating a culture of inclusion and belonging, and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We believe it is our collective responsibility to uphold these values and encourage candidates from all backgrounds to join us in our mission to protect today’s infrastructure and give form to tomorrow’s. All qualified applicants will be treated with respect and receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, uniform service, veteran status, age, or any other protected characteristic per federal, state, or local law. If you are passionate about what you do and want to use your talents to support our critical mission, we’d love to hear from you.