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MRO Gases Commodity Manager

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Location: Fremont, CA, United States 
Req ID: JR-0000043813


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Strategic Sourcing

Work with various business stakeholders’ groups to identify and qualify new or existing capable suppliers, initiate requests for proposals/quotations (RFPs/RFQs), advise requestors with respect to contract terms and conditions

Conduct RFP and lead cross functional teams through the selection process of preferred suppliers with effective scoring criteria to critically evaluate supplier proposals in accordance with company policiesLead/support negotiations on General Procurement agreements, including, but not limited to, Master Agreements, Statements of Work, Change Orders balancing business deliverables, legal interests and pricingConduct analysis on proposals for services & products in support of various Fab & Research and Development functions

Analyze total costs, assist business functions with ROI analysis, price and rate benchmarking and negotiate favorable business terms to leverage Western Digital purchasing power

Provide global contract expertise for sourcing of chemicals, gases for various business units

Evaluate single sourcing requests and ensure competitiveness


Category Management

Develop, refine and implement category strategies and tactics that enable the procurement of marketing products and services at the highest value benefit to the company

Add value by becoming the subject matter expert on chemical, gases & services categories/commodities for internal clients on industry trends, benchmarking, and best practices

Lead cross-functional meetings with various business functions and develop a communication strategy to keep internal clients informed about procurement processes, supplier strategy, and procurement policies


Supplier Management

Manage supplier relationships with focus on supply risk management, contract risk management and cost management

Mediate supplier issues and resolve customer / supplier contract disputes if necessary

Lead and participate in supplier performance reviews with vendors to review performance and support mutually agreed upon improvement programs as required

Support ad-hoc reporting needs including supplier scorecards and other reporting


Contract Management

Evaluate processes and recommend improvements to standardize lifecycle contract and sourcing processes and systems

Ensure pricing & deliverables as negotiated are included in the contract; coordinate comparison of proposals and final contract terms

Ensure contract execution & retention, preferably through electronic signature process

Provide timely updates, support management reporting of quarterly reports and address any issues quickly 



BS Degree required in Business, Supply Chain, Chemistry or Chemical Engineering

Chemical experience a plusMinimum of 5 years’ experience

Subject matter expertise in sourcing & contracting tools (SAP and/or Oracle)Certified Purchasing Manager - desirable

Contract Negotiation / Vendor Mgmt. / Influencing Skills


Specific Knowledge

Demonstrated skills in negotiating and formulating marketing contracts, understanding cost models and various price structures, management of contractual, IP and labor law risks

Demonstrated skills in project management required

Ability to work well in a high-pace dynamic environment, handle multiple projects simultaneously, and ensure task completion and deadlines are met as required

Proficient with Oracle Cloud, Microsoft Office applications: Excel, Word, PowerPoint


Communication Skills:

Communicate well in English both in verbal and written form




Western Digital Corporation is the world’s largest data storage company with a leading portfolio of HGST, SanDisk, G-Technology and WD brands covering flash and disk-based solutions.  Deployed by the largest and most prominent organizations worldwide, Western Digital solutions are everywhere, touching lives and enabling great value from the data they possess. 


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