Saildrone is seeing increased demand for its uncrewed autonomous sailing vehicles. This opens the need to hire a Supply Chain Planning Manager who will be focused on building a planning process across three product lines. This role involves daily management of supply and any associated constraints, executive status reporting and escalation, and the pursuit of operational excellence and continuous improvement.

The ideal candidate is very passionate about supply chain, forecasting, inventory and has a magnetic drive to learn. This individual has a proven track record of reducing inefficiencies and improving processes.


  • Develop and implement from the ground up our demand planning process
  • Own process system improvements like researching and implementing software and other modules within Netsuite to optimize material planning
  • Develop and lead Sales, Operations, and Planning meetings (S&OP) with cross-functional teams like Sales, Inventory, and Finance
  • Gathers, analyzes, and validates data to summarize accuracy, gaps, or recommendations to management
  • Actively mitigate risk, and optimize for lead times and cost
  • Maintain and develop relationships with internal business teams
  • Monitor, triage, and escalate any material or sourcing issues
  • Assess and determine how fixed assets on current missions should be layered into the forecasting model
  • Own critical metrics to support forecast accuracy, service level and inventory optimization
  • Kick off POs based on defined inventory minimum levels
  • Provide reliable and timely demand plan to ensure the right part is available at the right place at the right time in the right quantity
  • Collaborate with Engineering, Supply Chain and Production to plan for material End-of-Life (EOL) transition planning to ensure reliable long-term coverage while minimizing risks
  • You will interact with internal partners to manage the aggregated materials forecast and supply commitments for hardware programs starting from development and into mass production, encompassing critical component planning, allocation direction, supply flexibility modeling and materials liability management
  • Ability to travel up to 5% as needed

Required Skills And Experience

  • 6+ years experience in a supply chain organization
  • Has run weekly MRP using a large scale ERP system. Ideally having played a part in setting up this MRP process
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Has been part of a weekly/monthly forecast planning process with Sales/Marketing/Finance representing Manufacturing. Ideally has played a lead role in this process.
  • Built demand planning forecasting from scratch
  • Proven track record of deferring costs
  • Fluent in PLM and ERP systems
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Comfortable working independently and in teams in a fluid, fast-paced environment
  • Humble and ability to maintain a positive attitude
  • Expert in Excel or Google Sheets
  • Bachelor’s degree

Physical Requirements

  • Able to sit and stand for long periods of time while being able to type continuously

Location: This position is in Alameda, CA. Our waterfront office offers beautiful views of San Francisco Bay in always sunny Alameda. Even our walls have good karma, our offices mix software development with a hardware production line in the former airplane hangar used to film 'The Matrix'.


  • Medical, dental and vision plans for you and your dependents.
  • Short and relaxing ferry ride from the Ferry Building for SF residents
  • Enhanced Parental Leave Programs
  • Competitive benefits including excellent medical, life insurance, 401k plan

Catch up on the latest news about us:

The Tiny Craft Mapping Superstorms at Sea – The New York Times

Saildrone Takes the Wraps Off its Voyager Autonomous Research Vehicle – TechCrunch

An Underwater Mountain was Newly Discovered off California Coast – San Francisco Chronicle

The Quest for CO2: You Can’t Capture What You Can’t Find – Inside Unmanned Systems

Hacking the Anthropocene with Survivalist Robots [VIDEO] – Freethink

Here’s What Hurricane Fiona’s Surf Looked Like, from Atop a 50-foot Wave – The Washington Post

An Unprecedented View Inside a Hurricane – EOS

Meet the sailing robots trying to solve climate change – The Hill

They Sailed Into a Hurricane, Now These Unmanned Saildrones are Seeking Data on Our Carbon Uptake – CNN

Saildrone Featured Videos Playlist

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Individual compensation packages are based on geographic location, scope of the role, relevant experience, and the ability to deal with complexity and problem solve within our organization, among other factors

Individuals who require employer sponsorship to remain employed in the United States now or in the future will not be considered for hire for certain positions.

About Us

At Saildrone, we sustainably explore, map, and monitor the oceans to understand, protect, and preserve our world. We provide real-time access to critical data from any ocean on earth, 24/7/365, and use proprietary software applications to transform that data into actionable insights and intelligence. Our fleet of uncrewed surface vehicles (USVs), powered by renewable wind and solar power, have a minimal carbon footprint and operate without the need for a crewed support vessel. Saildrone works with governments, civil agencies, foundations, universities, and private companies around the globe to drive better information about our oceans and seas—from sailing into the eye of a category 4 hurricane to obtain new data about how storms intensify, collecting new CO2 data in hard-to-reach areas, and counting fish biomass to inform sustainable fishery management, to mapping the ocean floor and reducing illegal fishing and drug trafficking. As a result of our work, Saildrone has been included on Fast Company’s annual list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies, earned an Ocean Awards’ Innovation Award, won Best Tech For Good from the Timmy Awards, and was recognized by Andreessen Horowitz’s American Dynamism 50 list of the Top 50 Companies Kickstarting American Renewal. Our first-annual Atlantic hurricane mission with NOAA was included as one of The New York Times’ 21 Things That Happened for the First Time in 2021 and Popular Science's 100 Greatest Innovations of 2021.

We are based in Alameda, CA, with offices in Washington DC and St. Petersburg, FL, and operate our missions worldwide. Saildrone is backed by top-tier investors in the frontier tech and sustainability sectors, including Social Capital, Capricorn, Lux Capital, BOND Capital, and Emerson Collective.

This is an exciting opportunity with a fast-growing team at the cutting-edge intersection of big data services and autonomous hardware. You will be an integral part of a high-performing multi-disciplinary delivering high impact for humanity and future generations.