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Come join us over here at Backblaze, we're neat! Our approach is guided by honesty, transparency, and a commitment to doing the right thing. If you share the same values and see a position below that excites you, we want to hear from you!


Purchasing Manager

Department: Supply Chain
Location: San Mateo, CA

Overview

Backblaze is a company that makes storing and using data astonishingly easy - helping developers build new applications, scientists conduct COVID research, and folks like Austin City Limits preserve irreplaceable musical performances. We see tremendous potential rooted in ease of use because extreme robustness doesn’t matter when it’s too complex to use effectively.

Backblaze is growing rapidly and seeking a Purchasing Manager to help us inspire and equip a global network of developers who will build the applications of today and the future.  Reporting to the Director of Evangelism this new position is waiting for you to jump in with both feet and build out the role using your experience, intelligence, and savviness, to organize and foster the Backblaze developer community.

While this position is based in San Mateo California (when we can safely return to the office), consideration will be given to exceptional candidates to live and work from anywhere in the United States.

If you are ready to have a BIG impact in a refreshingly ego-free and diverse work environment - read on.

What You'll Do:

Purchasing

  • Prepare and process requisitions and purchase orders for materials and services. 
  • Maintain records of all goods ordered and received.
  • Ensure proper approvals for purchase orders and adherence to department budgets.
  • Provide competitive pricing and supply durability by sourcing through multiple vendors.
  • Lead vendor performance review process.
  • Manage purchasing processes to improve lead time, availability, and vendor stability.
  • Communicate Lease agreements between Finance Department and vendors. 

Reporting

  • Track department spending by G/L category. 
  • Provide monthly reporting of spending trends compared to budgets.
  • Provide explanations for spending.

Management

  • Manage Purchasing Department.
  • Create and implement tools for department success.
  • Provide management oversight and training for all Buyers.
  • Hire Purchasing staff, and oversee staff training.
  • Develop and implement purchasing processes, policies, and procedures.

Internal Systems

  • Maintain safety buffers based on vendor lead times and order intervals.
  • Implement purchasing portions of new business systems (ERP/MRP).

Job Related Experience

  • Materials Planning, Purchasing and/or Fulfillment experience.
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Experience working with cross functional teams in fast paced environment.
  • Strong verbal, written and presentation communication skills (clear, accurate, timely).
  • Ability to collaborate and influence across multiple organizational levels.
  • Global Supplier Interaction experience.
  • Skilled in project management (multitasking, schedule maintenance, problem solving, prioritization).

Some Backblaze Perks

  • 100% healthcare for family
  • Competitive compensation incl. 401k and option grants for all employees
  • Unlimited vacation days
  • Childcare bonus (human children only)
  • Culture that supports healthy work-life balance
  • Catered breakfast and lunches, stocked micro-kitchens, and strong coffee 

About Backblaze

Backblaze provides award-winning cloud storage to businesses and consumers. We’re not the biggest player in our space, but we’re well known for delivering astonishingly easy to use storage that’s priced so customers don’t have to choose between what matters and what doesn’t for backup & archive, data organization, workflow streamlining, and more. The company has more than an exabyte of data under management for customers including American Public Television, PagerDuty, and Patagonia. From a financial standpoint, we’re growing revenue and profit without VC pressure. From a culture standpoint, we’re putting our people and customers first in an environment of community, open communication, and upward projection for the company and you.

At Backblaze, we value being fair and good to our customers, partners, and employees. That’s why diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the core of our values. We are committed to fostering a workforce where all employees feel a sense of belonging regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, socioeconomic status, ability, veteran status, and education. We believe that our dedication to cultivating a diverse workspace not only allows us to better serve our customers in over 175 countries, but further reinforces our commitment to doing the right thing. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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