Commodity Manager
Agilent - Wilmington, DE

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As a member of Chemistries and Supplies Procurement team, the Commodity Manager proactively manages the relationships with suppliers to ensure product availability, quality and profitability meet the business' goals. In addition, the successful candidate will define and drive the commodity to meet current and future business needs. This is done through the utilization of commodity strategies. They manage the business aspects of the assigned commodity and act as the team lead working with the various partners to achieve the expected business results.

Position Responsibilities/Duties:
•Strategic Analysis & Direction Setting
Supply Market Analysis
o Develop a strong understanding of the supply market, its capability, direction, trends, etc. Understand who the best suppliers are; the niches they serve, their capability, etc. ­
Partner & BU Alignment
o Develop strong understanding of business requirements. Work with partners to clearly understand their direction and needs.
o Internalize the requirements and define what needs to be delivered to meet their needs, also identify additional opportunities to deliver new value-add. ­
Strategy Development
o Work with management to translate the business requirements into objectives and goals for the commodity.
o Lead the development of the commodity strategy. Develop the appropriate initiatives to achieve the strategy and meet business requirements.
o Establish sourcing targets based on the business needs and requirements. Develop the appropriate sourcing strategy and initiatives and plans to meet and / or exceed the targets. Also, develop the appropriate supplier performance expectations utilizing the TQRDCE categories. Ensure expectations are tied to business needs. Communicate any changes in expectations in a timely manner
o Establish total cost of ownership targets based on business needs. Implements the appropriate initiatives to meet and/or exceed targets.
•Sourcing ­
Supplier Evaluation & Selection
o Evaluates production and R&D requirements. Determines if a current supplier can meet the needs.
o Identifies, evaluates and selects new suppliers that meet Agilent’s business requirements. Conducts supplier audits the engineers to properly evaluate potential suppliers.
o Prepares and evaluate quotation packages. Establish cost standards and analyze variances for new parts/products. Drive cost optimization throughout supply chain and provide reporting.
o Ensure the right set of suppliers available when needed.
o Prior to selecting a new supplier, assesses the need for a contract, establishes performance expectations, and reviews financial stability
o Upon supplier selection, develops and negotiates the appropriate contracts that protects Agilent’s interests; gets the best total cost, and minimizes business risk. Review and discuss their business recovery plan and succession plan if this is a critical part or supplier.
•Commodity Management ­
Commodity Analysis and Execution
o Stay current with industry developments for the commodity. Conduct research using various sources such as trade journals, internet, ISM, business news and internal and external networking. Maintain a basic technical knowledge.
o Maintain continuous assurance of supply - serve as an escalation point for AOS issues.
o As the commodity team leader, work with management to establish goals and objectives and drive to meet the goals as set at the Procurement BFT level. Help coach and train team members, build teamwork, lead team meetings and communicate important commodity related information, set priorities, track and report commodity team performance and business fundamentals, and drive for continuous process improvement. Help the management hold the team accountable for meeting commitments. ­
Contract Management
o Develops and negotiates the appropriate contracts that protects Agilent’s interests; gets the best total cost, and minimizes business risk. Review and discuss their business recovery plan and succession plan if this is a critical part or supplier. ­ ­
Cost Management
o Conduct the appropriate analysis for the commodity to analyze ‘total cost’ and set the appropriate targets. Conduct the appropriate analysis (‘should cost models’ or other forms of analysis) to ensure that the cost being paid has been analyzed and an external comparison of the product or some of the raw material or fabrication has been completed and what we are paying is inline or below the market.
o Execute the appropriate initiatives / projects to achieve cost savings targets / total cost of ownership solutions. ­
Supplier Performance Management
o Execute TQRDCE surveys, analyzes data, and prepare supplier feedback. Meet with management to share supplier results, plans and gain their support. Meets with top suppliers at least annually to review direction, assure alignment, and review performance results. Hold suppliers accountable for meeting commitments and performance expectations. Work with suppliers to develop performance improvement plans (as needed) and monitor progress.
o Ensure quality management expectations are set. Hold suppliers accountable for meeting quality requirements. Ensure Agilent’s SQSR’s are met based on LSCA’s guidelines. Monitors environmental requirements and ensures compliance. ­
Risk Analysis and Management
o Conduct appropriate risk analysis; identify options and work to minimize risk from impacting business
o BCP Team facilitation at each site for suppliers in matrix (i.e. ATS Manager with CMs and SRMs, LFS, ATIS and so forth) Operating Managers will consolidate and summarize information on behalf of organization for formal submission.
o Supplier Liability Reporting overall accountability for reporting and representing data from suppliers. Will facilitate and submit data from SRMs and report centrally.
• Strategic Execution & Management of Commodity ­
Supply Market Intelligence
o Keep supply market data up to date. Ensure supply market analysis stays current. Maintain an understanding of who the best suppliers are; the niches they serve; new market entrants; etc. ­
Strategy Execution & Management
o Execute and maintain the commodity strategy. Report progress and results to management and partners on strategy initiatives and projects.
o Manage the world wide supply base in accordance with the commodity strategy.
o Evaluate changes in business requirements and conditions; update strategy accordingly. ­
Partner Management
o Provide partners with the highest quality products and services. Periodically survey partners to assess changing business or technology needs. ­
Strategic & Value-Based Sourcing
o Understands business needs and direction along with what is needed from the supply base. Collaborates with the Supplier Relationship Manager to understand the capability from our top suppliers. Work with them to identify, suggest, and implement sourcing opportunities that provide can provide new or additional value-add to the organization. ­
Supplier Collaboration
o Work with SRM’s to identify areas of opportunity to develop new or optimized business processes with suppliers as defined in your commodity strategy. These efficiencies between the two organizations could impact ‘total cost’, quality or other key areas.
Qualifications:
• Bachelors or Masters Degree or equivalent plus a minimum of 8 years relevant experience, with typically 10-14 years practical experience.
• Effective Communication skills and project management experience to lead cross-functional initiatives across various groups, sites and organizations.
•Good Business Acumen with positive solutions-oriented approach and ability to build productive relationships.
•Experience with employing various financial and analytical tools and processes to make appropriate business decisions, such as risk analysis, total cost analysis/cost models, Should Cost Models, competitor analysis, break-even analysis, Make vs. Buy analysis, and benchmarking.
•Willingness and ability to travel internationally
•Working knowledge of SAP or similar ERP system.
Agilent is an equal opportunity employer

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