Supply Chain Materials Manager

Palo Alto Networks   •  

Santa Clara, CA

8 - 10 years

Posted 187 days ago

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  • Work with the EMS project buyers, material planner, production control, planning manager, and production team in support of daily production activities including clear to build and planning scenarios
  • In collaboration with the Supply Chain Program Manager (SCPM) team, this individual will be responsible for ensuring the continuity of supply to meet on-time execution of the sustaining production revenue
  • Manage escalation process between EMS and internal Commodity Managers for PANW controlled suppliers and components. Coordinate cross functional discussions
  • Implement strategic supply chain programs including VMI, Min/Max, and drive lead-time reduction programs to improve material availability. Coordinate and execute flexibility and buffer strategies defined by planning
  • Responsible for EOL/LTB management. Mitigate, manage and disposition of excess and obsolete inventory. Partner with cross functional teams in component life cycle management
  • Audit of EMS purchasing attributes for optimal efficiencies (LT, MOQ/EOQ, ABC, Incoterms, Procurement Method)
  • Work closely with EMS partner to review and improve supply chain processes and procedures, identifying gaps, and planning solutions to fill those gaps through the implementation of industry best practices
  • Maintain and provide metrics on EMS performance, execution to commit, on time delivery, materials availability, inventory liabilities and manufacturing operations data. Present executive summary of material metrics and quarterly business reviews (QBR)
  • In collaboration with cross functional teams, this individual will develop, document, and maintain the Supply Chain Material processes and procedures in support of sustaining Palo Alto Networks products



  • BS/BA or 4-yeardegree in related field and 7+ years purchasing, material management and supply chain management experience
  • Experience in Buying/Procurement/Materials/Commodity/Supply Chain
  • Strong understanding of ERP/MRP, What If Scenarios, Clear to Build
  • Experience working with Contract Manufacturing / EMS providers
  • Knowledge of Demand Planning and Supply Plan Commit Process
  • Detailed understanding of production control and factory floor execution, PCBA and System Integration
  • Ability to resolve issue and engage with cross functional team members such as manufacturing technical and supply chain team members
  • Ability to chair a weekly cross functional materials management meeting
  • Ability to multi-tasking, handle multiple priorities and meet project deadlines
  • Superior time management skills and strong attention to detail
  • Strong desire to success and be able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Creative and analytical approach to problem solving
  • Lead and motivate towards a “partnership” concept 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word)
  • ERP systems, Arena, Agile, SAP, Kinaxis
  • APICS/NAPM Certification a plus
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal