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Senior Commodity Buyer - Mechanical


Orlando, FL, US

  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Buying/Merchandising
  • Industry: Enterprise
  • Post Date: 05/29/2023
  • Website:
  • Company Address: , Orlando, FL
  • Salary Range: $65,000 - $92,000

About Luminar

Pioneering the future of autonomous transportation.

Job Description

Luminar Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: LAZR) is transforming automotive safety and autonomy by delivering the only lidar and associated software that meets the industry’s stringent performance, safety, and economic requirements. Luminar has rapidly gained over 50 industry partners, including a majority of the top global automotive OEMs. In 2020, Luminar signed the industry’s first production deal for autonomous consumer vehicles with Volvo Cars, which now expects to make Luminar’s technology part of the standard safety package on their next generation electric SUV. Additional customer wins include SAIC, Daimler Truck AG, Intel’s Mobileye, and Airbus UpNext. Founded in 2012, Luminar employs approximately 400 with offices in Palo Alto, Orlando, Colorado Springs, Detroit, and Munich.

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Seeking a Senior Commodity Buyer to join our team. Success in this role will be achieved through strong negotiation skills, superior communication, and the ability to manage multiple high priority tasks in a fast-paced environment. Prior experience sourcing mechanical and sleeves would be desirable.


  • Sourcing selection
  • Conduct supplier benchmarking exercises and commercial analyses
  • Send RFQ's to preferred suppliers based on Commodity Strategy
  • Conduct analysis on supplier quotes based on pricing, quality, delivery, and commercial ratings, including completion of Initial Sourcing Rationale
  • Negotiate and issue sourcing contracts with suppliers
  • Participate in Commodity Strategy development
  • Supplier relationship management
  • Productivity negotiations
  • Deliver costed BOM inputs for new business pursuits (piece price, vendor tooling, timing, etc.)
  • Lead/support Supplier Business Reviews with preferred suppliers as defined by Commodity Strategy
  • Act as the Purchasing single point of contact for commercial issues
  • Manage Risk Mitigation process, including maintaining list of open Purchasing issues (RIO’s)
  • Support sourcing board meetings and program/phase reviews with cross-functional team to deliver cost and timing targets, as required
  • Support Capacity Study confirmations with suppliers, as required

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Bachelors degree in a Supply Chain Management, Business, or an Engineering program
  • 3 years in Commodity Purchasing, with experience in strategy and sourcing for automotive industry
  • Strong negotiation skills resulting in delivered cost reductions.
  • Strong analytical experience and data modeling using Excel.
  • Program Purchasing and/or Program Management experience a plus.
  • Ability to multitask and manage several projects and assignments simultaneously.
  • High sense of urgency and commitment to meeting deadlines.
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy in work product is critical.
  • Demonstrated effective communication skills both written and verbal.

Preferred Qualifications 

  • 3 years in Mechanical Commodity Purchasing desired, with experience in strategy and sourcing for automotive industry
  • Experience in Engineering preferred
  • Program Purchasing and/or Program Management experience a plus
  • Experience in climate systems commodities preferred

Luminar is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age, disability, gender identity, results of genetic testing, service in the military, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. We will make a reasonable accommodation for any qualified applicant with a disability, provided that the individual is otherwise qualified to safely perform the essential functions of the job with or without accommodation and that the accommodation would not impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business. Please let us know if you believe you require reasonable accommodation, or if you would like assistance to complete an application or to participate in an interview at the company.

At Luminar, your base pay is one part of your total compensation package. This role pays a base between $65,000 and $92,000 per year. Within this range, individual pay is determined by work location and additional factors, including job-related skills, experience, and relevant education or training. You will also be eligible to receive other benefits including: equity in the form of restricted stock unit awards, comprehensive medical and dental coverage, 401k plan, life and disability benefits, flexible time off, paid parental leave, and tuition reimbursement for formal education related to advancing your career at Luminar. The specific programs and options available to an employee may vary depending on date of hire and schedule type.

*Note that the pay range listed for this position is a good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible base compensation at the time of posting.

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