Senior Manager, Supply Demand Planning


  • Full Time

We're Cruise, a self-driving service designed for the cities we love.

We’re building the world’s most advanced, self-driving vehicles to safely connect people to the places, things, and experiences they care about. We believe self-driving vehicles will help save lives, reshape cities, give back time in transit, and restore freedom of movement for many.

Cruisers have the opportunity to grow and develop while learning from leaders at the forefront of their fields. With a culture of internal mobility, there's an opportunity to thrive in a variety of disciplines. This is a place for dreamers and doers to succeed.

If you are looking to play a part in making a positive impact in the world by advancing the revolutionary work of self-driving cars, join us.

The Commercial Operations Supply Chain Management organization is looking for a Senior Manager, Supply Demand Planning. This position requires an experienced professional with the ability to handle the day-to-day uncertainty that comes with the growth profile of a start-up company moving towards commercialization. The successful candidate will have spent considerable time launching new operations and/or new products in an automotive, fleet, or technology product environment! This position requires partnership with Purchasing, Engineering, Fleet, Commercial Operations, Finance, and Regulatory Affairs to implement new processes and handle changes.


What you’ll be doing:

  • Develop, grow, and lead the Supply Demand Planning team at Cruise; develop and implement supply demand management for service operations while communicating the vision, roadmap, and standard processes for the team, cross functional partners, and external customers

  • Collaborate with cross functional leaders to review demand drivers such as fleet scaling plans, reliability metrics, maintenance requirements, and overall market trend to increase forecast accuracy and ensure supply continuity

  • Collaborate with Supply Chain, Engineering, Fleet Operations, and External Business Partners to communicate inventory strategy, establish planning processes, and ensure handoff standard methodologies

  • Strategize holding inventory, safety stock, ordering strategy, and more, while mitigating against excess inventory, out of stock, and obsolescence. Establish, track, and improve critical metrics to achieve strategic goals

  • Lead ERP/MRP implementation for Supply Chain; be a key player in architecting future system process flow, communicating MRP requirements, and ensuring the implementation scales with business needs

  • Partner cross-functionally with Suppliers, Engineering, and Purchasing to set up processes for service BOM accuracy, parts compatibility, supersession management, and PFEP management

  • Lead coordination efforts for program launches and fleet ramp planning cycles including running supply risk meetings, setting up initial launch quantities, ensuring service readiness, and driving coordination between operations, supply chain, and suppliers

  • Successful implementation and maintenance of demand-planning processes and initiatives across regions, business units and product families

  • Partner with Finance and Planning to support budget and capital planning processes

  • Present supply and demand recommendations to leadership, drive timely decisions, and ensure clear and concise communication to all collaborators in the supply chain, based on demand planning scenarios, business forecast and product transitions

  • Partner with Supply Chain and Operations to design, develop, and deploy elastic supply chain models that ensure we are insulated from a variety of risks

  • Develop supply and demand models that seek to minimize total costs and inventories while maintaining/improving service levels, and present recommendations to leadership, drive decisions, and ensure clear and concise communication to all partners in the supply chain

  • Scale the Team: Design and staff the Planning organization to effectively support operations in current and projected markets

  • Lead Demand Planning for service demand: Using a global demand forecast, create / monitor / update a global demand plan to support new production and service demand

  • Lead Supply Planning: Define, monitor, update and optimize quantities of input parts / procured finished subassemblies to support production plans while protecting against demand and lead time variability


What you must have:

  • Bachelor’s degree with minimum 10+ years of professional experience including experience in supply & demand management, materials management, supply chain, or product planning

  • Bachelor’s Degree with an emphasis in business/statistics; demand planning certifications or equivalent experience preferred

  • Experience with MRP/ERP is a must

  • Robust quantitative skills and proficiency with analytical tools

  • Ability to work optimally with people cross-functionally, at all levels in an organization

  • Executive communication with an ability to tell a story with data

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including experience presenting to executive management and large, cross-functional groups

  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills; ability to evaluate and analyze data to enable operation decision-making

  • Track record of identifying, developing, and promoting talent.

  • Experience delivering planning excellence in demanding environments

  • Experience in planning of NPI launches, product ramp, sustaining support, and end-of-life cycle in a large-scale environment.

  • Experience setting vision and implementing reliably. Proven experience in hiring, training, and developing supply chain planning teams.

  • Experience in cross functional partnership and enabling the success of others.

  • Experience redefining business systems, models, and achieving results relative to goals. Demonstrated skills questioning the norm, thinking out-of-bounds, and delivering.

  • Proficient with analysis of large data sets: Able to extract useful trends and craft action plans from inputs from a global network of operations sites.

  • Proficient in advanced MS Excel features: Queries, Power Pivots..


Bonus points!

  • Experience with system implementation and demonstrated ability to scope tools needed to scale business needs

  • Experience working at start-up or growth stage company

  • Demonstrated interest in AV or transportation space

The salary range for this position is $155,600 – $228,700. Compensation will vary depending on location, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. You may also be offered a bonus, restricted stock units, and benefits. These ranges are subject to change.

Why Cruise?

  • Our benefits are here to support the whole you:
    • Medical / dental / vision, AD+D and life insurance
    • Subsidized mental health benefits
    • One Medical membership
    • Flexible Spending Account 
    • Monthly wellness stipend
    • 401(k) match 
    • Paid time off: vacation, sick, public health emergency, jury duty, bereavement and company holidays. 
    • Paid parental, family care and medical leave
    • Family care benefits: fertility benefits, Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (subsidized by Cruise).
    • Non-remote employees: Pre-tax Commuter Benefit Plan, healthy meals and snacks 
    • CruiseFlex – a working policy for US-Based Cruisers that lets you and your manager find what working style is best for you, whether it’s primarily in-person, primarily at home or a combination of home and in-office time.
  • We’re Integrated
    • Through our partnerships with General Motors and Honda, we are the only self-driving company with fully integrated manufacturing at scale.
  • We’re Funded
    • GM, Honda, Microsoft, T. Rowe Price & Walmart have invested billions in Cruise. Their backing for our technology demonstrates their confidence in our progress, team, and vision and makes us one of the leading autonomous vehicle organizations in the industry. Our deep resources greatly accelerate our operating speed.
  • We’re Independent
    • We have our own governance, board of directors, equity, and investors. Our independence allows us to not just work on the edge of technology, but also define it.
  • We’re Vested
    • You won’t just own your work here, you’ll have the potential to own equity in Cruise, too. We are competing in a market that is projected to grow exponentially, which gives our company valuation room to grow.
    • Recurring Liquidity Opportunity (RLO) – a unique equity program where employees, both current and former, have the option to sell any amount of their vested equity on a recurring basis, currently quarterly.
  • We’re Safety Conscious
    • We integrate #staysafe, our top priority at Cruise, into our everyday work. Through our Safety Management System, every Cruiser is asked to do their part by reporting any potential issues or hazards they observe and making continuous improvements. You’ll be able to contribute to safety at Cruise, no matter your job function or title.

Cruise LLC is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a supportive and inclusive workplace where contributions are valued and celebrated, and our employees thrive by being themselves and are inspired to do the best work of their lives. 

We seek applicants of all backgrounds and identities, across race, color, ethnicity, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy or parental status, or disability. Applicants will not be discriminated against based on these or other protected categories or social identities. Cruise will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records, in accordance with applicable laws.

Cruise is committed to the full inclusion of all applicants. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process please let our recruiting team know or email

We proactively work to design hiring processes that promote equity and inclusion while mitigating bias. To help us track the effectiveness and inclusivity of our recruiting efforts, please consider answering the following demographic questions. Answering these questions is entirely voluntary. Your answers to these questions will not be shared with the hiring decision makers and will not impact the hiring decision in any way. Instead, Cruise will use this information not only to comply with any government reporting obligations but also to track our progress toward meeting our diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging objectives.

Vaccine Mandate. 

At Cruise, we’re tasked with leading in the communities we serve — and doing our part to help keep our communities and our teams safe. Our #StaySafe culture transcends and informs all we do, and because of this, as of October 31, 2021 Cruise will be mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for all US-based Cruisers who need or want to access any of our US Cruise facilities and engage in any business travel — including attending any in-person Company-sponsored event. 

If you are unable to get a vaccine due to a medical condition, disability, or a strongly-held religious belief, Cruise will consider requests for an accommodation.

Note to Recruitment Agencies: Cruise does not accept unsolicited agency resumes. Furthermore, Cruise does not pay placement fees for candidates submitted by any agency other than its approved partners.