R&D Supply Chain Manager

Zap Energy
Everett WA

Zap Energy is searching for a Supply Chain Manager to lead fulfillment of all hardware required for a new fusion reactor design. This person will develop a sourcing plan concurrently with reactor development, identifying and actioning long-lead components in parallel with design finalization. They will be responsible for deploying a sourcing strategy that leverages vertical integration, strategic partnerships and proactive risk reduction measures to drive a hardware rich development cycle. This person is responsible for generating the data and executing the process required to drive a high cadence of reactor development. 

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer. 


  • Responsible for the on-time delivery of hardware for a nuclear fusion reactor. 
  • Build and maintain a hardware rich development program for nuclear fusion reactor design. 
  • Shorten the development cycle of fusion reactor design concepts by reducing the engineering to stock lead time. 
  • Develop a sourcing plan for every part contained in your assigned system. 
  • Develop a long lead procurement list and drive a long lead purchasing strategy to shorten the development time of the Nuclear Reactor design. 
  • Identify and implement lead time reduction measures to drive faster product development cadence. 
  • Execute the sourcing process to support your assigned reactor system. 
  • Lead vendor selection for critical components in the system. 
  • Develop and maintain the master data necessary to manufacture and procure all of the hardware for your assigned fusion reactor system. 
  • Identify and lead procurement of any Zap Energy owned capital equipment necessary to produce hardware for a reactor design. 
  • Facilitate completion of non-disclosure, terms and conditions agreements with potential vendors. 
  • Responsible and accountable for driving their assigned projects to operational test quickly. Responsible for the data, executing the process, and defining the integrated supply plan. 



  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, physics, Supply Chain Management or other technical field.  
  • 5+ years in technical role at an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) or manufacturing company. Technical roles include an engineer, technical project manager, scientist, or equivalent.  
  • 5+ years in a senior supply chain, business, manufacturing, quality role or equivalent. 
  • Strong experience with New Product Introduction – experience in the different stages of the product development lifecycle, from program approval and architecture review to sustaining support and recurring production. 
  • Demonstrated passion for Operations, Supply Chain, Quality or Manufacturing.


  • Formal Continuous Improvement experience preferred (Six Sigma, Lean) 
  • Master of Business Administration preferred. 

Benefits of joining Zap Energy - While doing meaningful work is rewarding in itself, we also offer the following programs and benefits for all employees: 

  • Competitive salary and benefits 
  • Premium medical / dental / vision insurance 
  • Flexible vacation and paid company holidays 

The estimated salary range for this position is $100k - $140k. Candidates may be considered for other positions at Zap Energy and actual salary will be based on relevant education, experience, and other qualifications.  Range is published in accordance with Washington Equal Pay and Opportunity Act.

Zap Energy is building a low-cost, compact, and scalable fusion energy platform that confines and compresses plasma without the need for expensive and complex magnetic coils. Zap’s sheared-flow-stabilized Z-pinch technology provides compelling fusion economics and requires orders of magnitude less capital than conventional approaches. Zap Energy has approximately 150 team members in multiple facilities near Seattle and is backed by leading financial and strategic investors.

Zap Energy Inc. is an equal-opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws and regulations.   

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