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Careers: Sourcing Manager


Hardware Sustaining

Job title

Sourcing Manager


Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands

About us: Iconic brand, tiny company.

Polaroid was founded in 1937 by one of the most seminal innovators of the 20th century, Edwin Land. His motto was, “don't undertake a project unless it is manifestly important and nearly impossible.” In 2008, Polaroid shuttered its last factory, but a group of diehard fans came together as The Impossible Project to save instant film. Over 10 years later that startup acquired what was left of Polaroid and today we’re again a small group of people passionate about empowering creators to change the world in the name of Polaroid.

What we are building: tools for creators.

Throughout its 80-year history, Polaroid was at its best when we made tools for people to express themselves, push boundaries and move culture forward. In the next decade, we are getting back to this purpose. We're not solving small problems, and we're not addressing a small market; our goal is to make products that will make the world more meaningful and human.

Job description

As Sourcing Manager, you will benchmark and optimise our commercial terms with European based mechanical and electrical vendors. Ensuring that quality, cost and on time in full supply meet all defined requirements, helping improve our approved vendor list and driving down our current BOM cost. You will also play a key role in sourcing new technologies, before the development team start their prototyping activities of new products. You will be responsible for negotiating commercial terms and onboarding new vendors within our internal processes.

Your objectives

  • Optimise our supply chain for all hardware; in terms of quality, cost and OTIF supply.
  • Embed second tier suppliers in the processes of our European manufacturing partner.
  • Support advanced engineering with sourcing new technologies for new product lines.
  • Support appropriate supply chain scenarios to deliver our long-term growth ambition.

What you’ll do

  • You’ll collaborate with cross functional teams to ensure we have a high quality, cost effective supply base able to deliver components to meet all defined requirements.
  • You’ll identify critical components, identify potential risk of supply, drive 2nd source planning, and build consensus cross functionally to qualify those parts and suppliers.
  • You’ll manage the commercial relationships of any second tier vendors that Polaorid assign to our assembly partner in Europe, ensuring their processes flow efficiently.
  • You’ll become a subject matter expert in the technologies defined on our technology roadmap, which you will be responsible for sourcing; such as new ranging systems.
  • You’ll support the implementation of global manufacturing strategies to ensure we can assemble Polaroid products with optimal flexibility, quality, and supply assurance.
  • You’ll serve as the focal contact for internal teams and external suppliers for all our European based sourcing and procurement activies.
  • You’ll work with Product Management, Industrial Design, Advanced Engineering and Design Quality to support new product creation, against all defined requirements.

What you bring

  • 7+ years’ relevant experience in consumer electronics, mostly mechanical parts.
  • HBO or bachelor’s degree in business administration, industrial design or engineering.
  • Proven experience in introducing vendors fitting the business, with optimal pricing.
  • Confident netogiating in writing or verbally with suppleirs on commercial issues.
  • Strong project management, process optimisation and time management skills.
  • Ability to turn high stress circumstances into manageable and actionable plans.
  • Openness and flexibility towards building processes and international team cultures.
  • Inquisitive – Consumer empathy, with an avid interest in instant film camera products.

What to expect

This is a full-time role based in our Amsterdam HQ. You will be reporting directly to Head of Hardware Sustaining and working closely with the Development and the Supply Chain teams.


If you’d like to be considered for the role, please email your CV and letter of motivation with any other relevant information to our recruitment team ([email protected]), or apply via LinkedIn.

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