Strategic Mechatronics Supply Chain Manager

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Strategic Mechatronics Supply Chain Manager

Enable the ramp-up of a deeptech scale-up that drives the quality and productivity of the world’s leading chipmakers. 

Full-time · Rotterdam

The main bottleneck for increasing output in the semiconductor industry is the time spent on quality control using single scanning probe microscopy. Scale-up Nearfield Instruments has developed the unique metrology solution called QUADRA, which increases throughput a hundredfold. As a strategic supply chain manager, you will help us meet the soaring demand from global chipmakers. Your challenge is to take the lead in strategically transforming and maintaining our mechatronics supply chain. That’s how you will play a crucial part in our ambitious growth strategy. 

What you’re going to do

As we’re rapidly transforming from a start-up to a scale-up and beyond, your role is to strategically optimise our supply chain management for mechatronics modules. You will secure a mechatronics supply chain that’s able to meet our own spike in demand. And together with your fellow strategic supply chain managers for electronics and mechanics, you will drive robust supply chain performance. You will also optimise QLTC (Quality, Logistics, Technology and Cost).

Your responsibilities include:

  • Coordinating the transformation from procuring single-purpose modules to larger integrated modules, together with the System Integration team. This will enable the ramp-up of production as it will reduce time spent on assembly, integration and testing.
  • Building and maintaining strategic partnerships with suppliers of critical components and such integrated modules. You will jointly draw up specifications, aligning them with the needs of your internal stakeholders, and establish cost-down roadmaps.
  • Regularly evaluating supplier performance to improve quality, secure timely delivery, control costs and mitigate supply risks, in close collaboration with your strategic suppliers and internal stakeholders.
  • Working closely with your colleagues from Development & Engineering from an early stage in the process, to align the practicalities of the supply chain with release-for-volume needs. You will, for instance, identify the potential of a design change allowing the use of more widely available and cheaper components.
  • Managing and balancing the risks involved in our strategic supply chain, e.g. as a result of dependencies, by leveraging our greater buying potential. 

Who you’ll be working with

Nearfield Instruments being a rapidly growing scale-up, we have no closely defined boundaries or hierarchy. We all work together to realise Nearfield Instruments’ growth strategy. What connects us is a drive to develop and build deeptech metrology solutions, enabling 5G connectivity, AI, medical technology, autonomous mobility and so much more. As an international team, we have different cultural backgrounds, which is why diversity and inclusion come naturally to us. 

Our combined identities and ambitions enrich our culture and make up our strength. We encourage you to be authentic, and empower you to grow your role and career in an open, friendly and supportive atmosphere. Because at Nearfield Instruments, Together Everyone Achieves More.

What you’ll get

At Nearfield Instruments, you’ll be joining the most creative minds in science and technology from all over the world. Fostering a fun, diverse and inclusive culture, we encourage you to be, or become, who and what you want to be. Which is why you will get all the support you need to evolve, and why we care about your work-life balance. We enable you to simplify the logistics of your life by empowering you to get the job done in the way that works best for your role, development and personal circumstances. 

These are your benefits:

  • A good pension scheme.
  • Personalised training and education for your personal and career development.
  • A holiday allowance of 8% and plenty of time to relax with 30 days of annual leave, based on a 40-hour week.
  • A work-from-home allowance.
  • A commuting allowance.
  • A discount on your health insurance.

Who you are

You embrace the freedom and challenge of shaping your role to meet the strategic needs of our deeptech scale-up organisation. To achieve the best possible strategic solutions, you involve, inspire and convince colleagues and suppliers, using your communication skills. You also know how to manage and balance short-term pressure and long-term priorities geared to realising the company’s mission.

You also have:

  • A BSc or MSc in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechatronics, Applied Physics, or another relevant subject.
  • Demonstrable experience in supply chain management of high-tech systems, as well as a relevant network in the Dutch and European high-tech ecosystem.
  • An excellent command of spoken and written English, as English is our and our clients’ main language.

Who we are

At Nearfield Instruments, we develop, integrate, market and service advanced 3D metrology solutions, tackling the process control challenges in the nano industry. It’s our high-throughput QUADRA with four mini atomic force microscopes that helps the world’s leading chipmakers assure the quality and increase production of increasingly smaller, complex and powerful IC devices. Our daringly innovative, atom-scale systems offer solutions for next-gen chips, the latest technologies such as hybrid bonding, and even the most critical layers, including gate-all-around transistors. Being a scale-up founded in 2016, we now employ some 160 of the most creative minds in science and technology.

Learn more about Nearfield Instruments

This is how it works

The selection process will include two, and sometimes more, interviews, including a meeting with our CEO and CTO. If we have a match, we’ll make you an offer and, hopefully, we’ll be welcoming you at Nearfields Instruments, where you’ll participate in an extensive onboarding programme!

Any questions?

If you have questions about your role or the application procedure, do reach out to Bram Baaij, Tech Recruiter.

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