Picarro is hiring a


Santa Clara, United States

Picarro is the world's leading provider of stable isotope and gas concentration measurement systems for science and industry. Picarro's products serve a wide variety of industries and applications, including earth sciences, air quality, greenhouse gas and water measurements. Picarro instruments are also used in the food, pharmaceutical and chemical industries to verify supply chain integrity. Deployed on all seven continents in places as diverse as the Greenland Ice Cap, the Eiffel Tower, NASA aircraft, and Pacific Gas & Electric's natural gas leak detection vehicles, Picarro's solutions are unparalleled in their precision, ease of use, portability, and reliability. Our scientific customers include some of the leading scientific organizations in the world such as NASA, Environmental Defense Fund, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), World Meteorological Organization (WMO), China Meteorological Agency, Harvard, Princeton and Stanford.

The company's products are all designed and manufactured in our Santa Clara, California headquarters and exported to countries worldwide. Our technology is based on dozens of company owned patents related to cavity ring-down spectroscopy (CRDS).

The opportunity:

This really is a great opportunity to join one of Silicon Valley’s finest, fast-moving, disruptive, high-technology companies growing an amazing business with unique technology and industry-leading products. We are seeking a passionate and visionary Buyer/Planner with a focus on procurement of goods and services, material planning and supply chain activities during all phases of PLM. This role will have a great blend of tactical and strategic activities. As well, there will be a lot of freedom to make your impact on the company.

Key Responsibilities:

  • You will be required to work closely with engineering and operations in support of material procurement and planning requirements for products, peripherals, FRUs and consumables.
  • You will be responsible for scheduling and order execution with a variety of suppliers for materials ranging from OTS, PCBA, machining, sheet metal and optics.
  • In addition you will negotiate with suppliers to achieve the best overall value and be responsible for supply of assigned commodities, parts, and indirect materials as required by all departments.
  • You should be comfortable managing inventory levels to determine proper supply while controlling costs.
  • You should understand basic SCM disciplines and have a desire to grow your skillset in this area.
  • You will be required to create, maintain and close work orders with an understanding of how to handle variances. 
  • You should have an understanding of BOM structure and part attributes.
  • In addition you will communicate and work closely with the Accounting Department on any accounts payable issues as well as maintain key policies and procedures.
  • You should be comfortable reviewing new product Engineering Change Order’s to insure Technical Data Package is complete and ready for sourcing/manufacture. Ensure that manufacturing is updated in a timely manner.
  • You will manage MRB (Material Review Board): Responsible for processing Non-Conformance Reports (NCR's) and disposition material appropriately. This includes reviewing all related NCR's to confirm completeness, and correctness, of the information being reported on the NCR. You will be responsible for all vendor activity during the RMA process.

Personal qualities:
3-5 years of Buying/Planning experience with demonstrated success supporting fast-growing high technology companies.

Must have knowledge working with ERP systems and have competent skills with spreadsheets/data analysis. Working with NetSuite is a plus.

Pluses: Competency in Arena PLM; experience in capital equipment or photonic industry.


  • Complete meaningful work making a difference to the environment
  • Be part a great close-knit team 
  • Stock options in a pre-IPO company
  • Competitive salaries
  • 4 weeks Paid time off in year one
  • Very competitive Medical, dental, & vision insurance
  • Life insurance and disability benefits
  • Fidelity 401K plan
  • Flexible Spending Accounts

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, protected veteran status, gender identity, social orientation, nor on the basis of disability.

Posted positions are not open to third party recruiters/agencies and unsolicited resume submissions will be considered free referrals.

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