Commodity Manager

Western Digital
November 2, 2021
Apply before January 2, 2022

Company Description

The future. It’s on you. You & Western Digital.

We’ve been storing the world’s data for more than 50 years. Once, it was the most important thing we could do for data. Now we’re helping the world capture, preserve, access and transform data in a way only we can.

The most game-changing companies, consumers, professionals, and governments come to us for the technologies and solutions they need to capture, preserve, access, and transform their data.

But we can’t do it alone. Today’s exceptional data challenges require your exceptional skills. It’s You & Us. Together, we’re the next big thing in data. 
Western Digital® data-centric solutions are found under the G-Technology™, HGST, SanDisk®, Tegile™, Upthere™, and WD® brands.

Job Description

Strategic Sourcing 

  1. Develop commodity strategies for local area to integrate with GCM strategies
  2. Work with various business stakeholders’ groups to identify and qualify new or existing capable suppliers, initiate requests for proposals/quotations (RFPs/RFQs), advise requestors with respect to contract terms and conditions 
  3. Conduct RFP and lead cross functional teams through the selection process of preferred suppliers with effective scoring criteria to critically evaluate supplier proposals in accordance with company policies 
  4. Lead negotiations on Procurement agreements, including, but not limited to, Master Agreements, Statements of Work, Change Orders balancing business deliverables, legal interests and pricing
  5. Conduct analysis on proposals for services & products in support of various factory, research and development functions
  6. Analyze total costs, assist business functions with ROI analysis, price and rate benchmarking and negotiate favorable business terms to leverage Western Digital purchasing power 
  7. Provide global contract expertise for sourcing of MRO for various business units
  8. Evaluate single sourcing requests and ensure competitiveness

Category Management 

  1. Develop, refine and implement category strategies and tactics that enable the procurement of MRO products and services at the highest value benefit to the company 
  2. Add value by becoming the subject matter expert on MRO categories/commodities for internal clients on industry trends, benchmarking, and best practices 
  3. Lead cross-functional meetings with various business functions and develop a communication strategy to keep internal clients informed about procurement processes, supplier strategy, and procurement policies 

Supplier Management 

  1. Manage supplier relationships with focus on supply risk management, contract risk management and cost management 
  2. Mediate supplier issues and resolve customer / supplier contract disputes if necessary 
  3. Lead and participate in supplier performance reviews with vendors to review performance and support mutually agreed upon improvement programs as required 
  4. Support ad-hoc reporting needs including supplier scorecards and other reporting

Contract Management 

  1. Evaluate processes and recommend improvements to standardize lifecycle contract and sourcing processes and systems 
  2. Ensure pricing & deliverables as negotiated are included in the contract; coordinate comparison of proposals and final contract terms
  3. Ensure contract execution & retention, preferably through electronic signature process
  4. Provide timely updates, support management reporting of quarterly reports and address any issues quickly 


  1. Education and/or Experience Bachelor’s degree required with 3+ years of experience in category management and/or strategic sourcing of MRO or related commodities 
  2. Degree in business or engineering preferred
  3. Subject matter expertise in sourcing & contracting tools (SAP and/or Oracle) 
  4. Contract Negotiation / Vendor Mgmt. / Influencing Skills

Specific Knowledge  

  1. Demonstrated skills in negotiating and formulating marketing contracts, understanding cost models and various price structures, management of contractual, IP and labor law risks
  2. Demonstrated skills in project management required
  3. Ability to work well in a high-pace dynamic environment, handle multiple projects simultaneously, and ensure task completion and deadlines are met as required
  4. Proficient with Microsoft Office applications: Excel, Word, PowerPoint

Communication Skills:  

  1. Communicate well in English both in verbal and written form
  2. Strong project management, organizational, and analytical skills required
  3. Excellent team facilitation and presentation skills required
  4. Ability to present to all level of management / stakeholders and articulate strategies and performance metrics 

Additional Information

Because Western Digital thrives on the power of diversity and is committed to an inclusive environment where every individual can thrive through a sense of belonging, respect, and contribution, we are committed to giving every qualified applicant and employee an equal opportunity.  Western Digital does not discriminate against any applicant or employee based on their protected class status and complies with all federal and state laws against discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, as well as the laws and regulations set forth in the “Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law” poster.

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