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Mechanical Engineering Supply Chain Lead

K2 Space

K2 Space

Other Engineering, Operations
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, February 16, 2024

The Role

You will be responsible for several aspects of the critical supply chain organization. You will be responsible for finding, building, and managing the quality of parts running in our supply chain. Key skills will include: planning and technical procurement, materials management, and quality control systems. You will travel to monitor supplier progress and health while negotiating business contracts and price reductions over time to ensure the K2 satellites continue to strategically reduce costs over time.


  • Quality

    • Perform Evaluations and Improvement programs for critical mechanical suppliers

    • Review and determine best path for issue tickets

    • Provide design for manufacturability feedback for new mechanical designs

  • Materials Management

    • Support International Shipping and Customs orders

    • Scale factory operations by managing forklift fleet and designing forklift pathways

    • Design Inventory systems for mechanical and structural hardware in the warehouse

  • Planning and Procurement

    • Develop and manage supplier base to support ongoing development across satellites subsystems from NPI through production phases

    • Act as the primary interface between suppliers and internal customers including: supplier onboarding, evaluation, negotiation, and project management

    • Manage Bill of Materials for all mechanical and structural assemblies


  • 3+ years of experience of supply chain management or engineering in the aerospace industry

  • Understanding of mechanical structures and mechanisms in space environments and operations

  • Experience managing suppliers in a fast paced environment

  • Strong understanding of inventory management and how to store large and complex parts

  • Strong understanding of quality control practices including issue tickets and containments

  • Ability to collaborate in a cross-functional environment with engineering, production, and finance

  • Ability to travel up to 25-50% of the time

  • Must be able to lift and carry parts or equipment up to 25 lbs. unassisted

Nice to Have

  • Bachelor’s degree in supply chain, finance, mechanical, aerospace, mathematics, or other relevant engineering discipline

  • 3+ years of technical procurement experience

  • 3+ years in a new product introduction environment

  • Experience implementing AS9100 or completing AS9100 audits

  • Forklift certification

  • Experience reading and interpreting technical engineering drawings

  • Experience working in a mechanical production facility such as a machine shop or composite factory

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Base salary range for this role is $90,000 - $120,000 + equity in the company

  • Salary will be based on several factors including, but not limited to: knowledge and skills, education, and experience level

  • Comprehensive benefits package including unlimited paid time off, medical/dental/vision coverage, life insurance, paid parental leave, and many other perks

If you don’t meet 100% of the preferred skills and experience, we encourage you to still apply! Building a spacecraft unlike any other requires a team unlike any other and non-traditional career twists and turns are encouraged! If you need a reasonable accommodation as part of your application for employment or interviews with us, please let us know.

ITAR Requirements

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.

Equal Opportunity

K2 Space is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with K2 Space is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.