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Indirect Services Commodity Manager - Professional Services



Sales & Business Development
Posted on Thursday, February 8, 2024

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Here’s the Gist:

Wolfspeed is seeking a Commodity Manager (CM) to join Wolfspeed’s Business Support Services team in Indirect Procurement. This Commodity Manager will be responsible for supporting indirect procurement activities for several departments with emphasis on supporting Wolfspeed requirements for Professional Services, Consulting, and Staff Augmentation. The individual in this position will be responsible for aspects of supplier selection and ensuring alignment between suppliers’ deliverables and the needs of the business.

The Day-to-Day:

  • In this role, the CM will analyze Wolfspeed spend data, identify key suppliers and trends, and discuss current and future needs with a diverse group of internal stakeholders.
  • Armed with knowledge of Wolfspeed’s specific needs and insights on market conditions, the CM will develop and refine a Commodity Strategy for Professional Services to:
    • Create sourcing strategies to address pain points and/or optimize supply base for Wolfspeed.
    • Identify strategic suppliers and cultivate relationships to position Wolfspeed as a preferred customer.
    • Drive alignment to procurement policies and processes, including implementation of supplier scorecards, regular business reviews, and if required, Root Cause and Corrective Action (RCCA) methodology.
    • Identify and work to implement cost avoidance or cost reduction opportunities.
    • Implement contract lifecycle management, facilitate timely contract reviews, and manage renewals with key departmental stakeholders.
  • Within the assigned commodities, the CM will own and manage the Requests for Information, Quote, or Proposal (RFI, RFQ, RFP or collectively, RFX) process from start to finish.
  • The CM will lead the contract review process, both by providing detailed insights in review of specific documents and also by steering each contract through the review steps.
  • The successful CM is an experienced professional, able to work independently and requesting support when needed. This position also requires organization of information and projects, prioritization of tasks for self and collaborators, ability to self-manage timelines/deadlines, accountability/follow-through, and soliciting and incorporating feedback from stakeholders.
  • The successful CM demonstrates excellent communication skills by:
    • building relationships at all levels of the organization
    • presenting to senior leadership with poise and precision
    • striking the balance between discourse, persuasion, and consensus
    • tailoring delivery and message to each audience
  • While Professional Services will be the primary focus of this position, there may be occasional needs to support other requirements or stakeholders of the Business Support Services team.

This Job is Right for You if You Have (Minimum Requirements):

  • BS or BA in an analytical field of study, or equivalent work experience demonstrating analytical and negotiation skills
  • Resilience and are comfortable dealing with change.
  • Innate desire to help others succeed or a natural inclination to encourage others.
  • Demonstrated experience working effectively on a team with competing priorities.
  • Personal commitment to fair and ethical business practices.
  • A toolbox of communication skills that includes responsiveness, professionalism, accountability, clarity, connection / relationship building, persuasion, empathy, and patience.
  • Successful strategies that keep you and your work organized.
  • Self-motivation to take ownership and manage a piece of the business.
  • Desire and ability to thrive in a dynamic environment.
  • Experience developing and managing RFXs.
  • Experience in contract review and contract language.
  • Ability to advocate for and negotiate on behalf of Wolfspeed.

Preferred Skills:

  • Working knowledge of SAP Business Network (formerly Ariba)
  • Familiarity with Icertis or another contract lifecycle management software platform.

Highly Preferred Skills:

  • Demonstrated success (3+ years) in negotiating Consulting, Staff Augmentation, or other Professional Services contracts, as either the customer or service provider.

This role may require additional duties and/or assignments as designated by management.

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