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Category Supplier Manager - Controllers

Date: Feb 13, 2018

Location: Milpitas, CA, US

Company: Micron

As a Category Supplier Manager at Micron, you will also be responsible for communicating strategic direction and requirements to suppliers related to a specific set of materials. This includes working with a multi-site team to develop and execute price negotiations for global materials, research and publish market information related to supply, costs, and supplier financials and supplier manufacturing capacities.  Aggregating this information, you will publish and execute a global commodity strategy.

In this job function, it is important that you develop lasting contacts and industry relationships to gain best pricing intelligence and provide expertise on industry trends, technology direction, supplier technical and commercial roadmaps and lead time trends. You must also understand the market position of each supplier for specific materials, assessing the financial stability of suppliers, and provide input and recommendations to Micron Management. This position also requires coordination of Micron strategic material teams with Micron procurement and technical teams from multiple sites which will include:  Conference calls, goal setting, supplier evaluations, global supplier meetings, and technology roadmaps.

This position also requires that you serve as the primary point of contact for resolving critical supplier issues and coordinate internal communication among site buyers related to common supplier issues.  You will also collect consolidate and present multi-site data and feedback for annual supplier evaluations.


Manage Supplier Relationship Globally

  • Act as primary point of contact for assigned suppliers in category
  • Perform commercial supplier qualification activities to ensure the commercial development of strategic suppliers
  • Maintain collaborative relationships with supplier(s) while effectively resolving supplier performance/capability issues to ensure alignment with Micron's strategic direction
  • Ensure suppliers comply with Micron's code-of-conduct programs and corporate social responsibility initiatives
  • Communicate key supplier management updates and decisions to multiple levels in the organization including Executive Leadership
  • Enlist senior management, when appropriate, to help reinforce commitment and involvement from suppliers
  • Provide the voice of the supply base to Micron and provide the voice of Micron to the supply base


Identify and Implement Supplier-Related Savings Levers

  • Participate in supplier segmentation and strategic goal setting
  • Provide market intelligence and category price trends to relevant internal stakeholders on a disciplined schedule
  • Utilize should-cost models for assigned categories that are benchmarked and relevant to the global marketplace
  • Serve as the center of knowledge for assigned category and share knowledge with key stakeholders and members of the category teams to enable more effective planning, forecasting and execution

 Drive Negotiations with Suppliers for Sustaining Purchases

  • Lead or participate in negotiations for contract extensions and renewals, renegotiation of prices, transfers, etc.
  • Coordinate with Category Sourcing Manager (where relevant) or lead sourcing events/RFQ process into bundled negotiation
  • Incorporate savings targets and contract requirements into negotiations
  • Develop a contract strategy for suppliers in assigned categories and create, negotiate, monitor and enforce contracted terms and conditions 


Ensure Supplier Performance Management

  • Partner with category team and sites to build comprehensive view of supplier performance
  • Collect and relay site specific priorities to suppliers
  • Own and manage overall Strategic Supplier relationships within the assigned categories
  • Collaborate internally to drive and develop key performance measures/metrics for Strategic Suppliers and monitor supplier performance against these expectations to ensure continuous supplier improvement
  • Lead in organizing and delivering on strategic supplier events, such as Quarterly Business Reviews, Annual Supplier Evaluations, and Executive Review Meetings



  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in any of the following:  Engineering, purchasing/procurement, supplier/partner relations, supply chain
  • Strong communication skills (written, verbal, presentation and interpersonal)
  • Able to work independently or with a cross functional team
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite applications
  • Business or communication training (Bachelors or equivalent experience)
  • Strong relationship skills / ability to “be the face of Micron”
  • Negotiation training or experience
  • Familiar with supplier performance management techniques
  • Ability to learn the supplier’s industry, history, competitors, strengths, weaknesses and threats
  • Experience working in a global team environment
  • Ability to lead without direct authority
  • Experience working at executive levels both internally and externally
  • Ability to travel to domestic and international sites, when required 



  • BS degree in Business Administration/Management, Engineering, Supply Chain Management or related field of study.
  • MS/MBA (preferred)


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