Supply Chain Director
Santa Clara , California
February 08, 2017
Supply Chain Director, Flash Memory Products
Oracle Corporation
Santa Clara, CA

Department Description:
Supplier Management is responsible for developing and implementing commodity strategies across DRAM, Flash, and x86 CPUs solutions for Oracle's hardware products. Team responsibilities include:
  • Providing leadership to drive Commodity Strategy and technology road maps to meet Oracle's hardware business and technical requirements
  • Negotiating cost and contracts
  • Sourcing and awarding business
  • Managing commodity component quality
  • Managing the supplier relationships and performance
  • Managing commodities through their life cycle from New Product Introduction/Development to End of Life.
Supplier management is also responsible for driving optimized supply chains through a series of initiatives. Closely works with design engineering/product teams, operations engineering, procurement, supply management, component suppliers, and External Manufacturers (EMs) to provide commercial and technical leadership and support to ensure manufacturability of design specifications and to validate the selection and use of components in our products. The goal is to achieve best in class quality, competitive cost, consistent on-time delivery and time-to-market for Oracle hardware products.

Director Responsibilities:
  • Manages a team of Supplier Program Managers and Engineers who are responsible for NPI and sustaining commodities.
  • Develop and implement a technology strategy for commodities (DRAM, Flash, and CPU) in conjunction with the Engineering and Marketing Organizations.
  • Develop component (DRAM, Flash, and x86 Intel processor) roadmaps and supply base for Oracle applications. Drive component selection and development processes as the subject matter expert. Drive roadmap alignment between commodity components and system products.
  • Work with Design and Supplier Engineering to develop and manage supplier technical capability for DRAM, Flash, and x86 processors based off Oracle product and technology requirements.
  • Influence and guide engineering teams in early phases of product conception to align with business requirements and commodity technology strategies and roadmaps.
  • Support NPI and sustaining engineering in qualification and failure analysis to address complex component related issues and implement corrective actions. Develop and review component qualification/reliability plans, test documents/reports.
  • Development of a cost strategy and responsible for all aspects of Oracle's commodity pricing negotiations and cost reductions for DRAM, Flash, and CPUs.
  • Negotiate all contracts and product awards with suppliers.
  • Responsible for driving cost and quality of these commodities.
  • Regularly interacts across functional areas with senior management or executives to ensure unit objectives are met.
  • Participate in industry organizations/committees to influence industry directions, monitor industry trend, benchmark the best practices and provide competitive information to Oracle teams.

Preferred Skills:
  • Application knowledge of non-volatile storage class memory (Nand/Flash/DRAM such as Intel Xpoint) at the the SSD/DIMM level. In addition X86 CPU industry and interface knowledge related to memory and systems integration. First priority Nand/Flash
  • Cost negotiating ability with an understanding of industry cost drivers which allow for dissecting cost at the component level (ie SSD, NVME, PCI-E)
  • Understand quality metrics associated with each of the components and ability to manage quality to meet/exceed our quality requirements.
  • Contract negotiation of multi-million dollar agreements.
  • Leadership, influencing and strong interpersonal skills.
    • Ability to understand where CPU and memory (meaning both non-volatile & volatile) markets are now and headed, vision, in the future to allow for sound commodity strategy development and to successfully drive these strategies throughout all Oracle organizations and external suppliers.
    • Effectively guide direct staff.
    • Establish and nurture successful relationships with internal organizations, suppliers

Plans and implements activities related to the timely, cost-effective procurement, inventory control, planning and quality control of production materials.

Develops, implements, and maintains policies, procedures, and material control systems to reduce costs, streamline procedures, and implement solutions. Ensures the availability of materials in the supply chain, as scheduled, and the maintenance of inventory at acceptable levels. Responsible for sourcing and supplying raw materials, utilities and outside services, as well coordinating global procurement efforts. Coordinates with finance/accounting on matters involving inventory carrying costs. Reviews and plans needs for acceptable inventory. May assist with the establishment and maintenance of the production control system. May work with customers in auditing customer inventory levels and with internal and external vendors to comply with inventory policies. Selects, develops, and evaluates personnel to ensure the efficient operation of the function.

Assists in the development of short, medium, and long term plans to achieve strategic objectives. Regularly interacts across functional areas with senior management or executives to ensure unit objectives are met. Ability to influence thinking or gain acceptance of others in sensitive situations is important. Strong written and verbal communication skills. Attention to detail and ability to multitask. Ability to travel as needed. Demonstrated leaderships skills. BA/BS degree or equivalent. Advanced degree desirable.

Oracle is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability and protected veterans status or any other characteristic protected by law.

A little about us:
Oracle is shifting the complexity from IT, moving it out of the enterprise by engineering hardware and software to work together—in the cloud.

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