Commodity Manager, Electronics

Supply Chain
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General Functional Responsibilities:

Develops and executes multi-year, cross-functional (e.g. product line leaders, material managers, engineers, operations managers, quality managers and buyers) supply chain strategies for electronics, electrical, and electro-mechanical commodities.  Minimizes total landed cost (material cost, freight, duties, inventory, etc.) impact by containing costs through supply base management processes and strategies working with suppliers and the company.  Facilitates cross-functional communications to drive optimized sourcing strategies in New Product Development Programs.

Essential Functions:

  • Develop supply base / commodity strategies consistent with business initiatives. Analyze suppliers and their industries, identify preferred suppliers, and regionalize / rationalize / optimize supply base.
    • Track and communicate global commodity industry trends, supplier and competitor strategies, key commodity cost drivers, economic factors and opportunities in the global market place.
    • Develop and utilize customized list of Preferred Suppliers to support Genie requirement.
    • Supplier regionalization / rationalization strategy (grow/manage/exit strategies), by developing short, mid and long-term supplier business roadmaps to directly support our Matamoros, Mexico Operations and Brownsville, Texas Distribution Center
  • Deliver budgeted / forecasted cost reductions by assigned commodity.
    • Develop Cost Models to understand "should be" cost to identify and drive cost reduction opportunities and assure cost competitiveness in pursuit of new business opportunities.
      • Work closely with Manufacturing, Purchasing and Engineering in support of Cost Estimating/Quotation process
    • Identify Cost Reduction opportunities based on:
      • Benchmarking data base and key cost driver analysis
      • Capacity analysis at suppliers
      • Product/process improvements
      • Implementation of new technologies
      • Execution of competitive sourcing process
      • Commodity market trends
    • Manage the Suppliers / Supply Base in assigned commodities, globally
      • Understand supplier’s supply base structure, financial strength, core competencies, manufacturing/engineering capabilities, open capacity, strengths and weaknesses, and so on.
    • Negotiate price and contract agreements. Ensure key contractual reductions are realized.
      • Improve speed and flexibility of the supply chain to align with internal and external customer expectations, primarily through lead time generation and risk mitigation activities (VMI, Consignment, Logistics network, etc.)
      • Improve and track supplier performance (Quality, Delivery and Cost)
      • Establish best practices in Supply Chain prior to production to achieve product launch and ramp-up schedules. Drive supplier tooling, process qualification, and capacity plans. Drive extended payment terms and inventory velocity requirements, and so on.
      • Partner with incumbent suppliers to develop and expand new technologies within production to achieve sustainable competitive advantages by; (1) improving current quality levels (e.g. control characteristics identification, production reliability analysis, etc.), (2) technology development, (3) raw material sourcing (pass through pricing), and (4) cost (leaning out manufacturing and supply chain, value stream mapping, etc.)
    • Support New Product Development Initiatives
      • Coordinate early engagement of component selection reviews to optimize supply chain in terms of lead time, life cycle, re-use, and availability.
      • Initiate RFQ’s for new product projects or engineering projects and award business per strategy.
      • Lead, participate in, and support the development and implementation of component and PCBA conversion plans
    • Lead resolution of material shortages and other commercial issues with buyers, planners, suppliers and other internal partners, when necessary.
    • Lead / communicate new product roadmaps and actions between suppliers and our internal customers.
    • Support other supply chain and other special projects and ad-hoc management requests.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Engineering, Materials, Procurement, Supply Chain Management, or related degree.
  • MBA is preferred, but not required.

Experience / Skills Required:

  • Minimum 5+ years of progressive experience in buying, sourcing, project management, and / or operations management.
  • Any combination of technical training, APICS, CPM, NAPM, and / or ISM certifications preferred as well as prior purchasing experience in a manufacturing environment.
  • Candidates must have detailed electronics market knowledge gained through any of the following: experience in engineering, operations and/or marketing, or first-hand procurement negotiation knowledge
  • Experience in sourcing electronic controls, printed circuit board assemblies (PCBA), various electronic components, electric motors, wire harnesses, cables / cords, etc.
  • Must also have experience with supplier collaboration contracts for new product development services and new technology generation.
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Excel (pivot table, formulas, reports) and MRP systems is essential.
  • Experience identifying, evaluating and developing new suppliers required in execution of role.
  • Superior written and oral communication skills and the ability to manage multiple, conflicting priorities. 
  • Must have a strong sense of urgency and the ability to perform and react to deadlines.
  • This position requires tact and diplomacy in dealing with suppliers and internal customers and being able to work in a team environment.
  • Must possess negotiation, communication, problem-solving, and analytical skills with demonstrated results.
  • Must be willing to travel, as needed.


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