Strategic Sourcing Manager

ViaSat   •  

Phoenix, AZ

Industry: Telecommunications


8 - 10 years

Posted 55 days ago


  • Analyze spend and develop cost reduction strategies.
  • Evaluate capability, capacity, and quality of supply base and initiate the necessary changes to sustain growth.
  • Identification and reporting of cost savings and cost avoidance.
  • Develop and establish objectives and strategic direction in support of Viasat’s Aerospace and Defense business segments.
  • Actively participate and drive the negotiation of agreements.
  • Analyze spending and develop optimization strategies.
  • Negotiate and administer optimal terms with suppliers that consider, among other things, cost, quality, schedule and supply continuity in support of unique program requirements.
  • Establish and foster effective strategic supplier relationships.
  • Align business needs with supplier capabilities and cost models.
  • Compile and organize large amounts of data to support sourcing initiatives.
  • Monitor and analyze existing contracts.


  • Technical or Bachelor's Degree required in related discipline or seven years in manufacturing environment. A master’s degree is preferred.
  • 7+ years of experience as a contracts negotiator, strategic sourcing management or a supply chain professional in an entrepreneurial, aerospace and defense, high?tech environment.
  • Ability to identify areas for cost savings, cost reductions and cost mitigation.
  • Extensive knowledge of mechanical designs, electronic components, millimeter wave technology, contract manufacturing and related manufacturing activities.
  • Ambitious, self-motivated and driven to achieve Viasat’s cost objectives.
  • Ability to work in a very fast paced environment.
  • Deep understanding of contract terms and conditions.
  • Proven cost savings and ability to do cost modeling.
  • Experience with commodity and category management.
  • Experience working in a new product introduction setting, dealing with low-volume/high-mix products, extremely complex electro-mechanical assemblies, EMSs and ODMs.
  • High degree of comfort performing in an evolving environment.
  • Strong analytical skills, creative problem solver with a high degree of initiative.
  • Strong sourcing and negotiation skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills requiring the ability to resolve conflicting interests with the goal of obtaining cooperation.
  • Must have excellent communication skills, including verbal, written, presentation skills and a high degree of comfort presenting to an executive level audience.
  • Skilled user of Microsoft Office suite of business software is required: Word, Excel, and Power Point.
  • US government position. US citizenship required.
  • Up to 20% domestic travel.


    • Experience with contract management, project management, and supplier relationship management within a low volume high mix environment.
    • Space /Aerospace and Electronics program related experience.
    • Experience with ERP system, Oracle or similar preferred.