Santa Clara, California

Key Responsibilities
  • Forecast and communicate engineering, materials, and manufacturing requirements to suppliers. Provide input to outsourcing decisions by performing make versus buy analysis.
  • Lead Materials Core Team and coordinate product development process deliverables through matrix management of buyers, planners, and production control. Collaborate with engineering team to interpret engineering requirements.
  • With limited/ no supervision, create, release and maintain new project materials strategy.
  • Sourcing: Perform supplier price and delivery negotiations; under direct supervision may negotiate contracts as necessary. Utilize the preferred supplier selection and assessment process when selecting suppliers. Complete supplier risk assessment on critical and unique parts. Monitor supplier performance (delivery, quality, and cost). Materials: Coordinate activities around source selection, specification creation and price negotiation with appropriate team members.
  • Meet cost objectives and resolves quality issues. Generate and publish Key Process Indicators. Track total landed cost targets.
  • Work with engineering to identify preliminary critical parts, long-lead parts and inspection requirements. Assist and/ or lead in developing supplier and commodity road maps to engineering. Utilize value analysis on build-to-print components in support of Should Cost analysis.
  • Actively mediate and partner with quality and engineering teams to resolve supplier quality issues for assigned product groups. Escalate issues to Commodity Business Managers when necessary.
  • Use standard tools, dashboards and BKMs to assess supplier capability, including regional capabilities, overall capacity, ability to support rapid prototyping (NPI), ability to support volume manufacturing, and vertical integration (e.g. parts, cleaning, assembly capabilities) to aid in making sustainable sourcing decisions
  • Identify make vs. buy opportunities and drive alignment/decision with key stakeholders
  • Ensure that product lifecycle programs (PLC) are meeting material cost targets and Gross Margin targets; provide input to Cost Apportionment Models.
  • Negotiate commercial and exclusivity agreements at a part level.
  • Analyze BOM cost to identify cost reduction opportunities through design, content reduction/should cost and commercial means; track and ensure timely implementation of such opportunities.
  • Facilitate early engagement between supplier and AMAT DFx team to drive manufacturability, repeatability cost and lead time improvements.
  • Establish new-part lead times, understand long-lead drivers and develop lead time mitigation strategies.
  • Understand critical parts manufacturing cycle times; evaluate and drive natural lead time reduction activity (touch time vs. manufacturing lead times).
  • Work with supplier to identify their ability to expand capacity to support volume manufacturing.
  • Develop and leverage process maps for critical parts to streamline the supply chain and understand and mitigate capacity constraints.
  • Drive dual sourcing activities to mitigate supply risk.
  • Serve as a cross-functional link; maintain open communication among matrixed stakeholders.
  • Influence others across a matrix of functions throughout the program/project.
  • Present sourcing, cost, lead time reduction, capacity initiatives to key stakeholders, management and internal customers.

Functional Knowledge
  • Demonstrates depth and/or breadth of expertise in own specialized discipline or field

Business Expertise
  • Interprets internal/external business challenges and recommends best practices to improve products, processes or services

  • May lead functional teams or projects with moderate resource requirements, risk, and/or complexity

Problem Solving
  • Leads others to solve complex problems; uses sophisticated analytical thought to exercise judgment and identify innovative solutions

  • Impacts the achievement of customer, operational, project or service objectives; work is guided by functional policies

Interpersonal Skills
  • Communicates difficult concepts and negotiates with others to adopt a different point of view


  • Must have supply chain experience; Master’s degree preferred.
  • 8 - 10 Years of Experience



Master's Degree




Years of Experience:

7 - 10 Years

Work Experience:

Additional Information


Yes, 10% of the Time

Relocation Eligible:


Applied Materials is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, veteran or military status, or any other basis prohibited by law.

Santa Clara, California

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.

Employee Benefits:

  • Dental Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Life Insurance
  • Paternity Leave
  • Custom Work Station
  • Disability Insurance
  • Gym/ Wellness Reimbursement
  • Health Savings Account (HSA)
  • Maternity Leave
  • Paid Time Off
  • Sick Leave
  • On Site Gym/ Fitness Classes, Clinic (Site Dependent) 

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