NPI Planning Manager


London, GB
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Buying/Merchandising
  • Post Date: 05/28/2021
  • Website:
  • Company Address: 301 E. Ocean Blvd Suite 1950, Long Beach, CA, 90802

About Zwift

Zwift is the app that makes indoor training fun. Connecting cyclists and runners around the world, Zwift mixes the intensity of training with the immersive and engaging play of gaming. Ride or run virtual worlds with a community that motivates you at every mile. You'll get faster and stronger and have a blast doing it.

You can become the undisputed king of the mountain, leave your competitors in your wake to become the sprint jersey holder, or simply join your friends for a leisurely run on a Sunday morning.

Job Description

We are seeking an NPI Materials Manager (UK) to support the company’s global planning and purchasing strategy that enables a world-class launch of new products with aggressive time to market targets. The qualified individual will be responsible for tracking ongoing statuses and costs for sourcing, BOM, and tooling development as well as providing operations schedules at program team meetings. 

This key contributor will be the go-to individual for all raw material statuses. Working in conjunction with Operations Management and program team members, the NPI Materials Manager is responsible for issuing supplier purchase orders, tracking delivery schedules, and ensuring timely delivery of materials needed for each phase of NPI launch and initial Mass Production delivery. 

In this role, you are the focal point between Engineering, Product teams, Program Managers, Global Sourcing Managers (GSM), Contract Manufacturers (CM) Material Managers and CM Sourcing teams to ensure NPI material readiness in a rapidly changing and high growth environment. We value the ability to collaborate, learn and provide the freedom necessary for each person to do their work, with the expectation that we will get high performance in return.

About Zwift:

Zwift is the fitness company born from gaming, and we are on a mission to make More People. More Active. More Often. The Zwift platform delivers an at-home training game that connects cyclists and runners in over 195 countries and counting! Launched from the sunny shores of Long Beach, California in 2014, we have grown to over 300 Watopians (that’s what we call our employees) and we have people in New York, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro, and London. 

Some reasons we think you will love it here:

We are an encouraging, innovative, and passionate team. We like bikes. We like running. We also like local ice cream shops, game nights, and our "Pets of Zwift" Slack channel. You will be surrounded by awe-inspiring people, even in your remote work setting. Although there are amazing athletes that work here; our team consists of people from all walks of life. Whether you are a current Zwifter, at the beginning of your fitness journey, or neither one of these, there is a place for you here. Different perspectives are important, they allow us to continually grow and evolve - One Zwift for All!

Did we mention that we encourage you to work out while you work from home? Zwift, run, yoga…. we’re in!

How we are handling Covid-19:

We are beyond grateful to continue to grow as a company during this unusual time. Our #1 priority is to ensure the health, safety, and sanity of our current and future Watopians. We want to share with you what we are doing and what you can expect.

Currently, all of our Watopians have been working remotely and will continue to do so until we know it is safe to collaborate in person again. As you go through the virtual interview process, do not be alarmed if children or pets make a guest appearance. We will not think twice if we get to meet members of your family. If we are fortunate to welcome you to the team, we will get you all the necessary equipment, hardware, and furniture needed to get you ergonomically set up and productive at home. 

Work from Home (WFH) life can be challenging in many ways. We have and will continue to take steps that ease some of the burden for our Watopians including: 

  • Monthly stipends to help offset additional expenses incurred with WFH.
  • Access to mental health & wellness resources including headspace, unmind, and Spring Health.

We care about you as our candidate too, so let your Talent Engagement Partner know if there is anything we can do to make your interview process go more smoothly. We are in this together and always looking for ways to enhance our new interview experience.

What you will do: 

New Product Materials Readiness

  • Facilitates material readiness meetings with GSMs and other key stakeholders to ensure that we understand suppliers, supplier location, part numbers, sourcing strategies, lead-times, etc.
  • Consolidates the data, places orders and/or ensures that the CM has information in time for order placement.
  • Works closely with GSM and key stakeholders to define and implement any specific supply chain strategies associated with this new product.
  • Works closely with Suppliers & CM to develop and execute process, material control systems and visibility. Reviews materials metrics for consistency and provides consolidated information to management.

CTB (Clear to Build)

  • Manages the CTB process with Suppliers, ensures that the process is working smoothly and that we have clear visibility on issues & risks. 
  • Works with Suppliers, CM and the GSMs on all identified material issues until issues get closed/resolved.
  • Establishes and monitors processes that will ensure timely and accurate creation of BOM and required design documentation to support revisions/deviations.
  • Manages on-time delivery of NPI Materials for all builds from prototype through launch.


  • Coordinate with the GSM and Logistics group to identify, document, and communicate logistics flow for critical and long lead custom components and complex supply chains.
  • Ensure the smooth flow of materials necessary to meet production schedules.


  • Works with Planning and GSM team to define and document supplier splits, facilitates supply availability while maximizing profitability.
  • Ensures team is executing to sourcing plan and proper supplier split.


  • Product cost management, targeting, tracking, and presentation from concept to Launch. Highlight cost saving, avoidance, and reduction opportunities by working with Product Management, Engineering and GSMs from prototype through launch.
  • Perform trade off analysis, present options and their impact on product cost to executive management. 
  • Ensure BOM and costing information are always up to date.

What you will have:

  • 5+ years’ experience in Product Development Procurement support working with Global Suppliers and Tier 1 Contract Manufacturers
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Supply Chain, Mathematics, Manufacturing, Engineering or related discipline
  • Must have proven experience working with virtual/remote teams. 
  • Must be flexible with work schedule to accommodate global team interface.
  • Excellent skills using Microsoft project, Power Point, Excel, and Word
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills
  • NetSuite ERP experience a plus
  • Sourcing experience a plus 
  • Consumer Electronics manufacturing-based experience a plus
  • Your data is organized, accurate and drives critical business decisions. 
  • Your peers seek you for guidance because you think through every detail.
  • You possess excellent analytical and troubleshooting skills and demonstrate self-motivation to determine the appropriate planning, inventory, and supplier strategies.  
  • You are exceptional in communicating cross-functionally, and you understand how your work impacts other functions.  
  • You deliver results because you empathize with others’ needs and create win/win outcomes.

How to stand out among the rest:

Your resume/CV is enough to show off your skills, accomplishments, and experience. However, if you choose to include a cover letter introducing us to your awesome personality, we will read that too.


Of course, we are nothing without our values. Our values ground us. They ensure we run and build a company where people love to work, feel like they are welcomed, included, and belong.  Only then can they thrive and do their best work.  The values we strive to live every day are:

  • Make It Fun
  • Elevate Teammates
  • Cultivate Our Community
  • Always Level Up
  • One Zwift for All

We strongly believe that different backgrounds and ideas are a competitive advantage; we hire candidates of any race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital or family status, disability, Veteran status, and any other status. Zwift is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know by emailing [email protected] 

Zwift, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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