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Manager 5, Commodity

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Location: Milpitas, CA, United States 
Req ID: JR-0000040256


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The 3rd Party Controller and Systems on Chip (SOC) Team is responsible for managing NAND Flash Controller (ASIC) and SOC Hard Disk Drive suppliers. We specialize in knowing the market landscape, suppliers’ roadmaps, and marketing requirements to drive supplier selection and strategy implementation.


The team is responsible to manage relationships and business with top tier suppliers for our factory operations around the world. Each of these suppliers are very large companies and our relationship with them is highly strategic.  Daily interactions for the team, within WD, 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 should cost tool development, 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 business unit looks to Procurement to be a trusted advisor for the BU and other stakeholders in helping make key supplier selection decisions.





  • Work closely with Marketing and Engineering on new products
  • Drive execution of commercial agreements with suppliers
  • Influence cross functional groups in driving supplier selection and strategy implementation
  • Develop and refine should cost models
  • Prepare and publish quarterly updates to executives
  • Prepare and publish Supplier Scorecards and Dashboards
  • Prepare and publish monthly updates for executives
  • Schedule and facilitate discussions between suppliers and technology teams as needed


  • Work closely and build relationships with internal customers (marketing and engineering) and other co-workers in Procurement and Supply Planning teams
  • Work closely and build relationships with supplier executives and account managers





  • Have previous ASIC design experience or exposure to the ASIC development process. HIGHLY seeking individuals with prior front-end Fab experience
  • Semiconductor process flow and unit operations understanding
  • Supplier management experience highly desirable
  • Market intelligence analysis
  • Initiative: The ability to be self-motivated and work independently and offer solid recommendations, based on balancing a data-driven approach and key stakeholder inputs
  • Ability to influence internal stakeholders and external supplier
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Financial analysis for decision-making
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills
  • Requires expert knowledge in Excel and PowerPoint


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


  • 5-10 years of experience in semiconductor industry
  • 5-10 years of experience in procurement / supply chain


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




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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