Director, Supply Base Management

Operations San Jose, California Req.Num.: 4754

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Job Description:

This position is responsible for Server – Storage Product commodities. Detailed understanding of CPU, memory, SSD, HDD, NIC, and server platforms (L6) is required. You will perform activities to significantly influence the Product Management, HW Engineering, Product Operations, Quality, and other key peer group’s alignment with commodity strategies based on subject matter expertise and knowledge of the industry

  • Deep technical knowledge of server technology is required to influence HW eng and Product Management.
  • Define and drive technology roadmaps for key components is fundamental.
  • Own the Product Cost. Cost reduction, avoidance, VE, etc.
  • Independently initiate and drive commodity strategies in close collaboration with HW eng, Product Management, Finance, and Operations
  • Manage execution / scoring / recommendations on RFIs and RFQs to select the appropriate supplier that best meets the technology requirements / cost / volume / quality / lead-time / supply chain flexibility and robustness targets defined by SBM, PM, and HW Eng to ensure alignment of strategic priorities. Focus is on higher risk or higher impact suppliers. Ensure RFQ awards are consistent with overall group strategy
  • Manage overall process to maintain HW technology roadmap alignment with the supply base. Drive risk mitigation to completion
  • Foresee and develop long-range mitigation strategies for the commodity space
  • Drive commodity space suppliers to compliance with Nutanix standards and to meet metrics for Value Engineering proposals. Provide subject matter expertise on Value Engineering solutions to product changes during product development execution
  • Define and negotiate forward-looking cost strategies with selected suppliers.
  • Monitor supplier NPI execution for post-mortems
  • Establish relationships with senior BU executives and key decision-makers
  • Foresee and mitigate supply chain capacity and/or sub- component risk points



  • Previous experience in commodity management of $500M-$1B of the company’s expenditures.
  • Successfully manage a broad base commodity group
  • Supply Base Engineering or technical experience is a must
  • Develops strategies to support overall corporate direction. Implement solutions and process across many cross-functional groups.
  • Extensive experience in the following areas
    • CPU / Memory / SSD / HDD technology 
    • Cost Reduction targets are met/exceeded
    • NPI COGS target met
    • NPI shortage escalations
    • VE, cost avoidance, multi-sourcing per strategy
    • Commodity strategy sourcing execution

Education and experience

  • Requires BA/BS or equivalent plus 12+ years manufacturing experience with 6+ years management. Technical or MS degree preferred.
  • APICS/NAPM Certification preferred.
  • Expert in server/storage architecture.
  • Significant and diverse management experience preferred.
  • Engineering experience specific to the commodity type



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