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Manager 3, Commodity

Location: Milpitas, CA, United States 
Req ID: JR-9999027965


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Commodity Specialist

Procurement team responsible for Foundry and Fab Capital Equipment Supplier Management

The team is responsible to manage relationships and business with top tier wafer foundries to procure ASIC wafers, and suppliers of wafer fab capital equipment for our memory manufacturing wafer fabs in Japan.  Each of these suppliers are very large companies and our relationship with them is highly strategic.  Daily interactions for the team, within SanDisk, include cross functional interactions with various Operations, Technology Development, Manufacturing and Engineering organizations.  Externally, we work with our key suppliers on a daily basis.  Activities include supplier negotiations related to pricing, capacity commits, and business allocations, issuing of POs, supplier performance review, spend and costs analysis, supplier projects’ tracking, Dashboards and Quarterly Supplier Business Reviews.


The team is very involved in our 3D NAND technology development and manufacturing projects related to the fab capital equipment suppliers.  On the foundry front, we continuously drive cost improvements and capacity commitments from our suppliers for our advanced node ASICs.



  • Prepare and publish quarterly updates to executives.
  • Supplier Scorecards and Dashboards.
  • Prepare and publish monthly updates for face-to-face JV meetings.
  • Equipment performance comparison for key projects and status of equipment selection process.
  • Prepare for and schedule 3-way collaboration review meetings between the JV and Key Supplier’s executives.
  • Maintain database of equipment procurement and provide spend analysis and other reports as needed.
  • Maintain database of approved investments and investment pipeline.
  • Support market data analysis about Fab Capital Equipment spending, market share etc.
  • Schedule and facilitate discussions between suppliers and technology teams as needed.
  • Support development and maintenance of cost models



  • Work closely and build relationships with internal customers
    • Fab Ops
    • SanDisk Yokkaichi – Tool Planning, Manufacturing and Tech Development
    • Memory Technology in Milpitas
    • Co-workers in Procurement and Supply Planning teams
  • Work closely and build relationships with equipment suppliers and external consultants
    • Account managers


Minimum Qualifications


  • Verbal and written communication
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills
  • Financial analysis for decision-making
  • Supplier management experiencehighly desirable
  • Market intelligence analysis
  • Requires expert knowledge in Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to influence internal stakeholders and external suppliers
  • Semiconductor process flow and unit operations understanding
  • Semiconductor capital equipment supply base knowledge preferred


  • BA or BS degree (engineering preferred)
  • MBA or MS in related fields are preferred


  • 3-5 years experience in semiconductor industry is required


  • International travel may be required depending on the project (Individual should expect <25%)



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