Manager, Global Purchasing

Karma Automotive



Karma Automotive, founded in 2014, is a southern California based producer of luxury electric vehicles. Headquartered in Irvine, CA, Karma sells vehicles via its dealer network in North America, Europe, South America and the Middle East. Karma’s production facility (referred to as  Karma's Innovation and Customization Center) is located in Moreno Valley, CA and offers world-class customization, and manufacturing services along with electrification platforms. Karma’s flagship vehicle, the Revero® GT, was awarded Green Car Journal’s 2020 Luxury Green Car of the Year™.  In 2021 Karma announced the GS-6 Series which include an extended-range series hybrid EV and their first-ever all-electric vehicle. Every Karma vehicle is created with unparalleled individual care and craftsmanship and combines leading technology with a luxury experience.

The Manager, Global Purchasing reports directly to the Senior Director, Global Purchasing in our Irvine Headquarters and is responsible for strategic and tactical procurement of commodities, supplies, and services to be used by the organization, in relation to Production and Engineering resources.  This role will also oversee all commercial activities with suppliers. Interface with cross functional areas, including manufacturing, logistics, engineering, and supplier quality to meet program deliverables.

Responsibilities (included, but are not limited to):

  • Develop and maintain a high-performance culture in the Team, resulting in continued success meeting functional KPIs and improved levels of customer service to internal and external customers.
  • Take the lead in addressing (through the Global Sourcing Managers if needed) any emergency resourcing, production expediting, or additional actions needed to reduce or eliminate the risk of plant line stoppages or “car down at dealership” situation.
  • Identify vendor opportunities/challenges and partner with program management, the engineering team or plant production control and logistics to achieve appropriate resolution.
  • Report to management the measurable status of progress and corrective actions as it pertains to vehicle launch and supplier performance. 
  • Ensure performance improvement and recovery plans are developed, issued, tracked and reported on.
  • Understand commodity part manufacturing and component cost elements and be able to work with GSMs and their suppliers to further cost down efforts.
  • Understands and directs commodity management.
  • Understand commodity part manufacturing and component cost elements.
  • Support GSMs in the supplier selection process; sources and negotiates with potential suppliers, requests RFQ’s, evaluates and analyzes results and provide sourcing documentation and recommendations to leadership in conformance with company standards.
  • Support GSMs in sourcing “best value” products through domestic, international, and LCC suppliers. Manager should possess a basic understanding of product flow through import/export and customs/broker process.
  • Negotiate contractual terms regarding cost, delivery, quality, transportation, and other standard or special contract terms.
  • Maintain purchase price and raw material price trends and analysis.
  • Participates in and supports AQP activities in support of New Product Launch activities.
  • Implements design changes and manages the execution of changes with suppliers.
  • Balance current and future demand requirements with supplier capabilities/capacities to ensure completion of requirements
  • Achieves cost reduction goals for assigned commodities in support of corporate directive.
  • Possesses an understanding of contractual language and the fundamental skills for contract writing.
  • Report to management the measurable status of progress and corrective actions as it pertains to vehicle launch and supplier performance.
  • Evaluates supplier performance, stability and institutes improvements and corrective action as required.
  • Interface with Supplier Quality Assurance on production part PPAPs and quality issues.
  • Comply with established corporate and purchasing policy and processes.
  • Maintains purchase order files (i.e. quotes, blanket orders, warrants, prints, design changes, etc.) to support of the company’s quality system requirements.
  • Compiles and evaluates data for various weekly, monthly, and annual reports (cost reduction, market fluctuation, LCC, supplier ratings, supplier scrap, budget variance, minority sourcing, supplier expenditure, etc.).
  • Attends departmental training, company meetings and HR training awareness sessions.
  • Communicates frequently with internal and external contacts on various issues.
  • Performs other duties as necessary.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management, Finance, Business, or Engineering or equivalent Supply Chain Management experience.
  • 8+ years of experience in automotive purchasing (OEM or Tier 1).
  • Training in one or more developmental areas (i.e. negotiation, contract writing, cost analysis, legal, leadership development, etc.).
  • Willingness to travel as needed, including overseas (especially China) – no more than 20% of the time
  • Understanding of the basic cost elements of Automotive Parts.
  • Fact based negotiation skills.
  • Works with all levels of management, including executive management.
  • Must display ability to identify problems, recommend solutions, and negotiate and execute contingency plans.
  • Must be able to accept personal responsibility and accountability for major analytical and planning assignments.
  • Communicates directly with management and cross-functional leaders as required.
  • Strong teamwork skills. Able to develop consensus and move the program forward. Develop win-win situations.
  • Inquisitive, detail-oriented with strong quantitative analytical skills and an innovative approach to problem solving. 
  • Strong written communication and presentation skills required. 
  • Time management skills.
  • Excellent MS Office (Excel, MSQuery, Access, PowerPoint) capabilities required. 
  • SAP experience required.
  • Basic knowledge of Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001:2015) and Environmental Management Systems (ISO 14001:2015), as applicable.

Physical Requirements 

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

While performing the duties of this job, the employee should have the:

  • Ability to frequently use or operate a computer, mouse and/or other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, computer printer, etc.
  • Ability to frequently use hand(s) for repetitive actions (grasping and fine manipulation).
  • Ability to frequently walk or move – to regularly move about inside the office.
  • Ability to frequently see or detect, identify, recognize, or assess surroundings while in the office.
  • Ability to occasionally bend, kneel, crouch, turn, and stoop.
  • Ability to frequently sit or be stationary for extended continuous periods of time.
  • Ability to stand for occasional periods of time.
  • Ability to occasionally lift and/or push/pull up to 20 pounds.

Work Environment The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing their job in an indoor office environment. While performing the duties of this job, the employee may spend 100% (excluding breaks and meal periods) of time in an office environment.







NO Third parties. Principals only please.

Join Karma as we transform transportation and mobility with innovative teamwork.

Karma Automotive LLC is an equal employment opportunity (EEO) employer.  We do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, gender identity and expression, color, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy or related conditions (including breastfeeding), national origin/ancestry, religion, military/veteran status, genetic information, citizenship status or any other characteristic and group protected by applicable law.  Karma Automotive LLC complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act to ensure equal access to all qualified individuals with a physical or mental disability.  Valid driver’s license may be required based on essential duties.