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Director, Global Commodity Management - Electronics

Operations | Morrisville, NC (RTP), United States
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Xylem |ˈzīləm|

1) The tissue in plants that brings water upward from the roots;

2) a leading global water technology company.

Xylem, a leading global water technology company dedicated to solving the world’s most challenging water issues, is the leading global provider of efficient, innovative and sustainable water technologies improving the way water is used, managed, conserved and re-used. Our international team is unified in a common purpose: creating advanced technology and other trusted solutions to solve the world’s water challenges. We are committed to creating an organization of inclusion and diversity, where everyone feels involved, respected, valued and connected, and where everyone is free to bring their authentic selves and ideas.

If you are excited and passionate about helping us #letssolvewater, we want to hear from you!

The Role: As the Director of Global Commodity Management for Electronics & Contract manufacturing, you will be responsible for developing an effective team of global Commodity Managers and have responsibility for supplier performance across the total spend of Electronic Components and Contract Manufacturing.

Essential Duties/Principal Responsibilities:

  • Driving the overall Category performance in forming and executing global sourcing strategies for all Electrical Components and sub-tier commodity families such as, but not limited to: Microprocessors, Microcontrollers, Memory, Analog, and Discrete Semiconductors along with the global Contract Manufacturing Supply base.  
  • Developing partnerships with key manufacturers of Electrical Components & Contract manufacturers
  • Provide leadership and drive the execution of strategy via cross-organizational collaboration resulting in improvement of supplier quality, delivery, and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) performance via competitive quoting, negotiations, contracting and leveraging executive supplier relationships.
  • Must perform on other key KPI metrics; including Sustainability and Diversity goals, working capital initiatives, Preferred Supplier Program, Supplier Count, Corporate Supplier Agreement expansion and a knowledge of Material Price formulas (MPF’s) critical in addressing raw material during inflationary and deflationary times. 
  • Implement sourcing strategies focused on driving lowest TCO and best-in-class supply chain flexibility.
  • Develop relationships with key suppliers to not only ensure Xylem maintains access to decision-makers and remains fully informed about market developments but also leverage these for mitigating supply shortages.
  • Monitor Microprocessor and Electrical Component market conditions and set strategies to guard against price and lead-time increases and runaway inflation.
  • Develop and maintain a system of supplier segmentation (Core vs. non-core, Make vs. Buy)  and assess gaps and opportunities within each segment. Make business award decisions based on competing metrics of material availability, inventory levels, payment terms and material cost.
  • In agreement with sourcing leadership, set performance targets for the group. Represent team progress to stated goals at monthly operating reviews. Benchmark performance targets against industry norms.
  • Engage with the supply chain, operations, R&D, Engineering and global Procurement Leaders when developing global strategies.    
  • Value the Risk Management program and embrace VAVE, Continuous Improvement (CI)  and Sustainability & Diversity goals.  
  • Maintain an effective supply chain consistently that provides our manufacturing facilities with quality material per specification. 
  • Predicting future global trends and disruptions within the Industry
  • Drive opportunities to continually create productivity projects and lead the sourcing efforts needed to ensure completion of tasks. 
  • Maintain the existence of a Corporate wide Electronics Council.   

Minimum Qualifications: Education, Experience, Skills, Abilities, License/Certification:

  • Minimum of 7+ years' leadership experience in Corporate Procurement Management, specifically in Electronics Commodities
    • Contract Manufacturing experience highly preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree required, major in Supply Chain / Procurement / Engineering / R&D preferred.
  • 5+ years of successful project management experience in supply chain, engineering or program management business area in global companies.
  • Demonstrated strategic sourcing skills in a multi-business, multi-location global environment.
  • Demonstrated results in attaining year-over-year price reduction or cost savings in the business area supported. Demonstrated commitment to continuous improvement with tangible results.
  • Strong project management and matrix organization collaboration skills are a must.
  • Support a continuous improvement environment with a track record of achieving significant productivity improvement (Quality, Service Levels, Delivery and Cost) year on year.
  • Demonstrated success in change management and in building high performance global work teams. 
  • Possess a decisive goal oriented and priority focus approach.
  • Ability to analyze spend data and present insights
  • Proven ability to adhere to yet be highly effective using a disciplined sourcing process is highly preferred.
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of purchasing tools, processes, and practices.
  • Ability to work with cross functional teams such as R&D, NPD sourcing, quality, services, materials etc. to achieve timely project execution.
  • Must have excellent leadership, organization, project management, communication and negotiation skills with a solid understanding of procurement / sourcing and category management methodologies. 
  • Must also be a strong negotiator with the ability to drive value for business partners and suppliers and display strong interpersonal skills and a collaborative / integrative style of working to accomplish objectives. 

We Offer You More Than Just “A Job”

  • Professional Development – To advance the capabilities of our people, we offer a wide variety of experiences to support our employees’ professional growth and continuous learning.
  • Total Rewards – We offer comprehensive programs for compensation, benefits, recognition, learning and development, work-life integration and corporate citizenship.
  • Watermark – Watermark is our corporate social responsibility program working to provide education and access to safe water to ensure healthy lives, gender equality, and resilient communities. Employees have the opportunity to learn and volunteer on various water-related projects.
  • Employee Networks – Our Employee Networks provide a professional, supportive network for employees from diverse backgrounds, including Women’s, LGBT+ and Allies, Veteran’s, People of Color and Allies, Hispanic Origin & Latin Affinity, Emerging Leaders, and Working Parents Networks.

Physical Demands/Work Environment:

(The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those an employee encounters and must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)

  • Regularly required to sit or stand, reach, bend, and move about the facility
  • Office: Standard office equipment; work usually performed in an office setting free from any disagreeable elements
  • Standard weekly job hours: 40 hours
  • Travel of up to 35% required (in non-pandemic times)
  • The position has to be based on-site in any of the following locations: Morrisville, NC, Raleigh, NC, Morton Grove, IL, Chicago, IL. Charlotte, NC, Rye Brook, NY or New York, NY

Xylem is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

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