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Senior Global Supply Manager, Battery Metals

Form Energy

Form Energy

Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Posted on Friday, September 22, 2023

Are you ready to rise to the challenge of climate change with the team that will deliver? Form Energy is a U.S. technology and manufacturing company that is developing and commercializing pioneering energy storage technologies to enable the electric grid to run on 100% renewable energy, every day of the year.

Supported by leading investors such as Breakthrough Energy Ventures, ArcelorMittal, TPG Rise, MIT’s The Engine, and others, we share a common belief that low-cost, multi-day energy storage is the key to enable tomorrow’s zero carbon electric grid. Driven by our core values of humanity, excellence, and creativity, we are deeply motivated and inspired to create a better world. We need talented, hardworking individuals who share our goal of tackling the challenge of climate change. Do you want to work with us today to build a better tomorrow?

Role Description

Form Energy is hiring an experienced professional to manage the development and execution of Form’s global supply chain strategy for iron and other critical battery metals used in Form’s pioneering iron-air battery systems. This role reports to the Manager, Global Supply Management (“GSM”) for Active Battery Materials. As part of the GSM team, you will establish, own, and execute on Form’s commercial-scale battery metals sourcing strategy, while serving as a subject matter expert on the battery metals and mining industries. You will deliver shrewd insights based on a deep understanding of upstream manufacturing processes, market trends, and Form’s requirements, ensuring delivery of quality materials that meet Form’s bold performance, cost, and timeline requirements.

The successful candidate will rely on their combination of business acumen, technical depth and experience in the battery metals and mining industries to bring strategic approaches and oversight to the sourcing of these critical raw material components, while developing and maintaining positive, productive relationships with internal stakeholders and external partners alike. This is an exciting opportunity to help shape and be part of the growth of a fast-moving company with a breakthrough technology and an incredible mission!

What you'll do:

  • Own the battery metals category at Form (with a focus on iron raw materials), including commercial relationships and contracts within our supply base and the broader value chain

  • Collaborate closely with Form’s Leadership, Supply Chain, Engineering and Strategic Supply teams to define and drive execution of Form’s battery metals sourcing strategy

  • Negotiate and deliver favorable commercial terms for battery metal components that optimize costs, lead times, and risk to Form by managing the end-to-end sourcing process from supplier development through qualification, negotiation, and contracting

  • Secure best-in-class commodity pricing for Form’s battery metals through detailed price analysis and negotiations, continual cost reductions, cost avoidance, and logistics optimization

  • Monitor current category market conditions, evaluating battery metals capacities and competitive landscapes, technology roadmaps and supply/demand challenges & opportunities

  • Ensure Form is working with best-in-class suppliers and mitigating risks by rigorously analyzing component and manufacturing costs, performing risk analyses, forecasting industry trends, and leveraging your own expertise in metals markets and production processes

What you'll bring:

  • Bachelors or Masters degree in Engineering, Supply Chain, Finance, or similar discipline

  • Deep category experience (5+ years) in battery metals strategic sourcing, market/pricing mechanics, and manufacturing processes in a fast-paced, highly fluid environment; specific experience in iron, steel, and/or mining markets a plus

  • Strong analytical skills, with a demonstrated ability to generate bottom-up “should-cost” models based on an understanding of manufacturing processes; comfortable with spreadsheets

  • Solid understanding of commercial terms, contract structures, and IP concepts

  • Fact-based, detail-oriented, data-driven decision making; ability to thrive in the face of ambiguity

  • Excellent communication and organizational skills; an optimistic, high-energy “people person” with a strong desire to build collaborative relationships and make things happen

  • Ability to work both independently and collaborate cross-functionally on multiple tasks and projects; a team-player

  • Ability to work in the US and travel globally as necessary

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Humanity is a cornerstone of Form Energy’s culture, and we make sure our compensation and benefits reflect that. Form Energy offers competitive salaries, stock options, and a holistic benefits package to ensure all employees have what they need to thrive while working here.

When it comes to you and your family’s health, we cover 100% of medical, dental, and vision premiums for full-time employees - and 80% of healthcare premiums for dependents. This starts from day one. We also offer at least 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents (up to 20 weeks for birthing parents), and generous vacation policies to give employees time to recharge when needed.

To build a clean and equitable energy future, we need everyone at the table. We strive to form a team as diverse as the communities we will serve with our technology, and are committed to maintaining an inclusive environment for all employees. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply to our open jobs.