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Indirect Purchasing Specialist

Higashi-Hiroshima, 34, JP


Req. ID: 262587 

Job Description

Did you ever consider a career in Japan? Or felt like you want to switch up the current one? As an Indirect Regional Supplier Manager you would be the contact window for supplier interactions, performance management and negotiations in the Indirect Procurement category for Japan region. Tackling this role, you would partner with internal key members to build an easy understandable view of supplier performance, enabling continued sourcing success. You will lead the development and implementation of indirect category strategies and projects related, but not limited to cost reduction initiatives, supply base optimization, and contract negotiation. This you can accomplished through building and maintaining strategic vendor relationships to meet needs according to category strategies.

Engaging in supplier benchmarking analysis to formulate, lead and execute strategies to optimize cost, supply, and quality you will directly contribute to the team and overall company success. Additional responsibilities for you include negotiating terms, conditions and pricing to optimize spend, leading and participating in department projects, serving as a primary contact for industry and regional supplier information - Would you be up for the challenge?


Role Responsibilities & Tasks

Manage Supplier Relationship Regionally (in Japan)

  • 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 adhere to 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
  • Be an integral part to represent supply bases voice to Micron and the other way around.


Identify and Implement Supplier-Related Savings Levers

  • Participate in supplier segmentation and strategic goal setting
  • Provide market intelligence and category price trends to related internal collaborators 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 partners 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 meaningful) 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 stakeholders to build comprehensive view of supplier performance
  • Collect and relay site specific priorities to suppliers
  • Own and ensure teamwork in terms of Strategic Supplier relationships within the assigned categories
  • Collaborate internally to drive and develop key performance measures/metrics for key regional 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



Required: Bachelor/Masters Degree in Business, Business Administration/Management, Engineering, Supply Chain Management, or related field of study

Desired certification: APICS, PMI, CPM, CPSM, or other related fields of study



3-5 years experience in any of the following:

  • Engineering
  • Purchasing/Procurement
  • Supplier/Partner Relations
  • Supply Chain


We recruit, hire, train, promote, discipline and provide other conditions of employment without regard to a person's race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, pregnancy, veteran’s status, or other classifications protected under law.  This includes providing reasonable accommodation for team members' disabilities or religious beliefs and practices.

Each manager, supervisor and team member is responsible for carrying out this policy. The EEO Administrator in Human Resources is responsible for administration of this policy. The administrator will monitor compliance and is available to answer any questions on EEO matters.

To request assistance with the application process, please contact Micron’s Human Resources Department at 1-800-336-8918 (or 208-368-4748).

Keywords:  Higashi-Hiroshima || Hiroshima (JP-34) || Japan (JP) || Supply Chain || Experienced || Regular || Materials/Purchasing || #LI-TY1 ||

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