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# of Openings: 1

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Career Level: Experienced

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UCT is seeking an experienced and talented Commodity Manager to join our team in Chandler, AZ! The main function of this role is to increase company margins by negotiating and driving down the costs of sourced products. This involves a thorough understanding of what makes up the specific commodities and how the components impact overall costs. Also, the commodity manager must be the main point of contact for all supply chain-related issues within their commodities and supply base. Commodity management is responsible for supplier selection, supplier qualification and negotiating to ensure contract terms are favorable to UCT. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develops, aligns and implements commodity management strategies for cable assemblies.
  • Uses commodity strategies as the basis for supplier selection, cost reduction, margin improvement and overall supply chain management.
  • Negotiates and manages the maintenance of agreements with suppliers that provide the structure for all business relationships between UCT and the supply base (such as General Supply Agreements (GSA), Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDA), Joint Development Agreements (JDA), Blanket Purchase Orders (BPO), etc.).
  • Manages and fosters relationships with UCTs' supply base and drives resolution to conflicts. 
  • Engages with the Product Life Cycle process to ensure alignment with the commodity strategies and all UCT’s site needs. 
  • Directs new supplier introduction and/or disengagement requirements to/from the UCT supply base (assessments, financial viability, etc.). 
  • Drives resolution to systemic supply chain issues affecting quality, cost, delivery or lead-time, which may include engagement with sub-tiers in the supply chain. 
  • Develops and presents high-level cost reduction opportunities to all UCT sites for execution. 
  • Delivers and manages Supplier Performance Improvement Plans. 
  • Drives formal supplier performance reviews or quarterly business reviews (QBR’s).

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

  • Extremely high level of knowledge of commodities and a thorough understanding of commodity management strategies for product
  • Knowledge of supply chain management, procurement, materials management, manufacturing processes, business fundamentals/finance 
  • Proven record of success in cost negotiation and contract implementation
  • Advanced project/program management skills and abilities 
  • Excellent problem-solving skills 
  • Ability to learn new technologies and manufacturing processes (aptitude/proficiency) 
  • Ability to build and lead cross-functional teams 
  • Strong matrix management abilities 
  • Relationship building abilities 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including presentation skills, strong negotiation skills.

Educational/Certification Requirement: 

  • BS/BSE level degree in business, engineering, materials science, logistics or related technical discipline required. 

Experience Requirement: 

Work Experience: 

  • 3-7 years directly related experience
  • Previous work experience in commodity management for both build to print (BTP) and OEM commodities, procurement, contracting, materials management, logistics, manufacturing, quality, account management 
  • Certification by NAPM (National Association of Purchasing Management) and/or APICS (American Production and Inventory Control Society) a plus

Physical Demands and Working Conditions: This section is required for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Acts (ADA)


Work Environment:

  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions
  • Work is performed primarily in a standard office environment

Physical Demands:

  • Work may require the ability to lift 10-20 pounds infrequently
  • Ability to talk on phone and use computer for extended periods may be required.

Environmental Exposure:

  • May involve exposure to moderate noise levels from printers, faxes, computer etc.

Overnight Travel:

  • Work may require out of town travel depending upon assignment (training and meeting). 30%.

UCT offers an excellent benefits package to all full-time employees which includes medical, dental, vision, 401(k) and paid time off.

UCT is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to promoting a culturally diverse workforce.


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