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Regional Commodity Manager (m/f) for Strategic Contract Manufacturer

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The Regional Commodity Manager (RCM) is responsible for on-site management of Procurement related activities supporting cost, quality and supply assurance with strategic Contract Manufacturing partners. The RCM will provide thought leadership from a procurement perspective, driving systematic solutions to effectively manage the business while engaging cross functional resources from both Itron and the supplier.    

Regional Commodity Manager (m/f) 

will report to Director of Procurement at Itron and will be based in Budapest. 

    Duties & Responsibilities :

    • Implement and manage a robust cost process to manage quarterly pricing updates to maximize savings opportunities to meet organizational goals. 
    • Identify strategic cost reduction opportunities and drive for implementation.  
    • Analyze, negotiate and manage cost variances arising from component pricing, changes in defined work scope, demand fluctuations or other impacts.
    • Negotiate and manage all Non-Recurring Expenses (NRE) by coordinating with appropriate functional owners and confirmation with supplier. 
    • Track supplier inventory levels and projected Excess and Obsolete material liability.  Aggressively drive mitigation actions to reduce or eliminate liability for Company.  
    • Manage execution of New Product Introduction (NPI) programs to support product development timeline.  Focus includes pre-production build schedules and supplier readiness to support necessary materials, process and tooling to meet program objectives. 
    • Oversee successful implementation of Engineering Change Orders (ECO’s) including cost impact analysis. 
    • Organize and facilitate cross-functional monthly Operational reviews of supplier performance to defined Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s). 
    • Implement procurement initiatives, process improvements, and get global cross-functional feedback on the success of global procurement programs
    • Work with key cross functional owners to define and implement efficient and effective business processes for interactions between Company and Contract Manufacturing partners.
    • Drive strategic supply assurance initiatives to increase material flexibility including implementation of Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI), Continuous Replenishment Programs (CRP), buffer stock agreements, etc
    Preferred Skills & Experience:

    • Several years of experience in a similar position as commodity manager 
    • Experience in working in contract manufacturing business model
    • Experience managing PCBA and mechanical assembly commodities
    • Understanding of Bill of Material (BOM) structures and Product Life Management (PLM) tools
    • Ability to analyze supply / demand data to generate a demand water fall analysis to assign appropriate ownership of supply chain impacts
    • Experience in using data from ERP systems (SAP or Oracle experience)
    • Excellent supplier management and negotiation skills
    • Thorough price/cost analysis skills and first-rate financial analysis skills
    • An understanding of risk management and its implications
    • Demonstrated capability to work collaboratively in a global work environment based in a remote location
    • Excellent cross-functional team leadership skills both internal and external resources
    • Ability to define and implement new processes and procedures
    • Track record of influencing a driving impact with diverse set of functional stakeholder
    • excellent communication skills verbal and written in English and Hungarian are required, Polish will be a plus 
    • Good problem solving and analytical skills
    Education: Graduate degree (or equivalent) in engineering or electronics 

    If you are interested please apply with your detailed CV and motivation letter in English via email to manuela.wieckenberg@itron.com or send your application online 


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