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Senior Materials Program Manager

Location: San Jose, CA, United States 
Req ID: 9000000407


  • Works with Development/Engineering on materials needs assessment
  • Develops sourcing strategy with Commodity Management
  • Provides guidance to suppliers during the development phase including schedules and costs.
  • Drives Commodity Management, Development and Engineering teams to meet direct material cost objectives; develops BOM cost for Production Quarter One (PQ1)
  • Works opportunities for cost reduction by design, quality enhancements and strategic leadership
  • Creates/maintains Material Planners for all development builds.
  • Manage all material plan changes (H/M Matrices, Focused HDA & HSA Configurations, Sourcing Strategy and Material Planners)
  • Oversee and authorize all tooling and raw material starts for components in order to achieve program milestones.
  • Manage any component and/or tooling changes throughout development while minimizing any impact to development milestones.
  • Oversee program expenditures (includes tooling & components)
  • Inventory control for assigned programs
  • Provides direction and guidance to tactical and strategic process improvements in establishing policies/standards
  • Works directly with multi-function teams and suppliers to address issues that may impact schedule and supply
  • Manages and represents qualification status through development, and supports post transfer qualifications as required
  • Works with Finance to establish costs in development phases
  • Attends program management meetings (kick-offs, readiness reviews), design reviews and transfer review meetings as the senior leader for the materials organization and presents status of program ramp, materials availability & cost, product deviations, etc. as needed
  • Interfaces with Asia Material Program Management to ensure a smooth hand-off of materials requirements to full volume production
  • Participates in a lead role in the development of strategic goals and objectives enabling the Materials department to meet overall Corporate goals
  • Manages material availability for pre-production builds, product deviations to meet the production ramp plan, as well as presenting program ramp status in the various development and executive reviews
  • 5+ years of related experience
  • Materials planning software, Oracle
  • Expert project management experience required.
  • Hard disk drive or related industry experience preferred.
  • Extensive experience in Product Development support preferred
  • Expert understanding of product development and materials lead-time
  • Has senior level expertise and carries out complex projects/tasks/ assignments. Directs and coordinates major activities utilizing a wide variety of skills and experience. Demonstrates the ability to think strategically.
  • Excellent capability to work within a cross-functional environment
  • Demonstrated organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent understanding of supplier capabilities to enable effective cost modeling and negotiations
  • Solid working knowledge of binding elements of a contract, standard company contracts and agreements. Working knowledge of contract law.
  • Respond effectively to sensitive or controversial business situations.
  • Define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions in extremely critical or complex matters.
  • Apply exceptionally strong negotiation and persuasion skills to obtain best contract terms, agreements and to resolve/help resolve extremely critical matters (e.g. contract disputes involving very significant financial impact to the business).
  • Lead/mentor/advise team members.
  • Interact and communicate with exceptional effectiveness with all levels of employees, suppliers, contractors, and management.
  • Effectively manage staff while observing employment laws and company policies and guidelines.
  • Consistently works on complex assignments requiring independent action and a high degree of initiative to resolve issues
  • Helps drive change in basic business processes across the company
  • Participates in corporate development of methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for projects, programs, and people
  • Ensures budgets and schedules meet corporate requirements