Key Responsibilities:

As a Commodity Manager/Category Manager at Applied Materials, you support key business partners and deliver company-wide support for all Sourcing initiatives. Commodity Managers are expected to maintain the highest level of innovation, efficiency, partnership and compliance supporting the companies’ mission to “Make Possible”.

Global General Procurement (G2P) is a Global support organization, procuring the goods, services and contingent workforce required for Applied Materials to run the company and enable our employees to support our customers.

Our Sourcing categories include but are not limited to IT Hardware, Software and Telecommunications, Consulting, Professional Services, Facilities, Real Estate, Equipment and Equipment Maintenance as well as Contingent Workforce.

As a Global Category Business Manager (CBM), you will lead and execute all aspects of the sourcing process, from opportunity assessment, negotiations, RFx, supplier relationship and risk management.  You are curious, ask hard questions and challenge yourself and others to continuously improve. You will learn Applied Materials overall businesses and become a trusted advisor to partner with and guide our internal customers in their Sourcing decisions. You should understand markets, the supply chain, and how the company business works to ensure that risks are mitigated and making sure the company survives extreme volatility in commodities. Perform detailed spend analysis and study trends to identify and solve potential supply chain problems, and continually seek new opportunities for innovation.


  • Partner with your stakeholders to develop and execute on all aspects of strategic sourcing and procurement within your commodity/category.

  • Develop and maintain positive business relationships with key stakeholders and budget owners and collaborate with every partner in a personable, approachable manner.

  • Lead RFx creation/management, supplier communications, market research/analysis, data collection/analysis, and contract management, development and redlining (pricing, terms and conditions, SOWs, MSAs, etc.).

  • Lead opportunity assessments, category strategies, supplier negotiations and supplier performance/relationship management.

  • Capture product and service requirements from business owners and stakeholders for RFx activities and supplier business reviews.

  • Partner closely with the business in the development of supplier award scenarios and recommendations for evaluation considerations and decision-making.

  • Support the business in spend management projects that accomplish key objectives like savings, process effectiveness, supplier consolidation & management, risk reduction & management, improved visibility and control of expenditures.

  • Facilitate accurate and favorable transactions, supplier relationship management and compliance.

  • Support the development and enhancement of category best practices, processes and templates related to Supplier activities including: spend management, sourcing engagement, contract templates, negotiations & RFx/vendor evaluation/selection.

  • Collaborate with Suppliers, Budget owners, Finance, Accounting, Legal, Security to ensure appropriate review, approvals and documentation is in order to support compliance and due diligence.

  • Development of strategies that account for a global perspective. This may include determining rates across countries, suppliers to support local offices as well as working with local sourcing teams to provide guidance and support for local buying needs.

  • Travel may be required 25 - 35% as appropriate for the support of your suppliers and stakeholders.


  • You have demonstrated ability and passion to dissect/solve problems with a fact based, data driven, rigorous approach

  • You are a creative problem solver and negotiator.

  • You thrive when multi-tasking and work best in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.

  • You manage multiple projects and timelines within deadline

  • You have excellent attention to detail and have strong analytical skills.

  • Your collaboration and communication skills (both verbal and written) are demonstrably effective in a collaborative environment. 

  • You communicate in a clear, concise and timely manner and operate effectively as a team player

  • You have exceptional customer service skills.

  • You are confident in managing and executing projects from start to finish.

  • You are resourceful with a strong work ethic, committed to complete execution of projects and objectives.

  • You are self-directed/driven with excellent organizational skills

  • You are tech savvy and have a strong interest in working with technology


  • 10+ years of related experience.  Experience negotiating with suppliers in the Sourcing/Procurement function. 

  • Experience working within a highly virtual team, ability to leverage technology and influence appropriately in a remote or globalized working environment.

  • Experience working on a global scale with a variety of cultures as well as tax, financial controls and government regulations.  

  • Experience in consulting and/or legal and/or finance is a plus

  • Familiarity with procurement software (including systems like SAP SRM, Ariba, SAP Fieldglass, Oracle, Coupa, ServiceNow), approval workflows, purchasing policy development and contracts.

  • Excellent Excel, Word, PowerPoint skills.  Tableau skills highly preferred.

  • Bachelor’s Degree required with an analytical focus (Business, Economics, Accounting, Finance, Legal, Supply Chain, etc.) and/or Procurement, Supply Chain, Project Management and/or relevant industry certification(s) preferred.

Functional Knowledge

  • Regarded as the technical expert in their particular field

  • Demonstrates in-depth and/or breadth of expertise in own discipline and broad knowledge of other disciplines within the function

Business Expertise

  • Anticipates business and regulatory issues; recommends product, process or service improvements 


  • Leads projects with notable risk and complexity; develops the strategy for project execution

Problem Solving

  • Solves unique and complex problems with broad impact on the business; requires conceptual and innovative thinking to develop solutions


  • Impacts the direction and resource allocation for program, project or services; works within general functional policies and industry guidelines

Interpersonal Skills

  • Communicates complex ideas, anticipates potential objections and persuades others, often at senior levels, to adopt a different point of view



Bachelor's Degree




Years of Experience:

10 - 15 Years

Work Experience:

Additional Information


Not Specified

Relocation Eligible:


Applied Materials is committed to diversity in its workforce including Equal Employment Opportunity for Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities.


A global leader in the nanomanufacturing technology solutions for the electronics industry, Applied Materials is built on the strength of talented people. We offer a wide variety of job opportunities for experienced professionals and recent college students/graduates that will capitalize on your current skills while broadening your experience and engaging you in a dynamic, fast-changing industry.

Here, you will work in community to achieve a common goal and encounter exciting new challenges every day. Our company is continually evolving: implementing innovations to make semiconductors more portable, powerful, and affordable than ever before.

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