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Director, Sourcing Engineering

Company: Microsoft
Location: Redmond
Posted on: May 14, 2022

Job Description:

Come join a team that is at the forefront of devices innovation at Microsoft and is passionate about creating new products for our customers. We have a unique career opportunity that combines both technical capabilities as well as business insight. The Strategic Sourcing Group at Microsoft is seeking a Director of Mechanical Sourcing Engineering to drive impact and deliver results in the world of Microsoft Devices. The Strategic Sourcing Group is responsible for all direct materials and supply chain services sourcing for our first party hardware devices. We develop partnerships with our internal hardware and software engineering and development teams and our third-party external suppliers to deliver high-quality products that delight our customers and deliver a fantastic Windows experience. This individual contributor role will focus on leading our most technically complex programs. This will include influencing cross functional global teams across, owning supplier and partner relationships, defining the category and supply base strategy, managing and negotiating Product Supply Agreements and related contractual execution activities. An ideal candidate will have high ambition to grow within Microsoft and demonstrated ability to (1) navigate through ambiguities/difficult situations, (2) synthesize the complex, (3) communicate effectively, (4) lead without authority and (5) succeed in a high-demand and stressful environment. Responsibilities --- Develops, maintains, and executes on multi-year sourcing strategies for multiple product categories (e.g., Enclosure, Glass, Rubber, etc.) that are optimized to ensure advantaged cost and sufficient continuity of supply while meeting quality goals (e.g., sustainability, repairability, etc.). Considers all relevant elements of technical roadmaps and business requirements (e.g., risk management, investments, supplier relationship, technology adoption) and leverages internal and external relationships, and end-to-end sourcing expertise to influence internal and external product-making decisions to align with Microsoft's global vision. --- Establish and maintain resilient supply chains that are robust to disruptions and with mitigation plans in place across multiple categories to address issues with manufacturing, geography/geopolitics, seasonality, financial health, performance, and/or major unavoidable events (e.g., climate events, COVID-19). --- Sets savings targets across managed categories and shares expertise in markets, competitors, and/or technologies with sourcing engineers to meet or exceed financial commitments. Leads and defines comprehensive, actionable strategies for contract and price negotiation for the most complex product categories cross-functionally, ensuring that that price, capacity, and strategic business needs are met, risks are identified and mitigated, and long-term systematic cost reduction opportunities are realized. --- Facilitates early technical engagements with cross functional leadership including product design, quality, and business teams to determine sourcing requirements for complex products and/or services. Provides expert consultation and influences engineering design teams on the choice of materials, components, and new technologies that can be reliably sourced for products or service infrastructure. Ensures that design teams are aware of the systemic implications of design choices and clearly articulates anticipated impact on product and/or service lifecycle. --- Recommends whether or not to introduce new technologies, materials, or components for Microsoft products and/or cloud infrastructure based on supplier capability and capacity, competitive and industry trends, long-term plans for product categories, and the impact on profits and losses. Evaluates long-term needs internally and externally, sharing insights to influence the adoption of new technologies, materials, or components internally and across industry. --- Identify, justify, create buy-in and implement investments in new technologies, initiatives, components, and/or materials that are critical to products and/or services based on technical expertise in those products/services, suppliers, and industry trends. Acquires buy in from stakeholders to ensure that resources/funds are in place for multiple projects and influences the adoption of complex technologies across multiple categories based on needs of Microsoft products or services. --- Manages internal cross-functional partnerships, defines processes and governance to enable scale, share best practices and drive opportunities through implementation by clearly articulating technical and business implications (e.g., tradeoffs, pricing), aligning investments with short- and long-term supply needs, and serves as a point of escalation to resolve supply issues and ensure continuity of supply in alignment with product and/or service roadmaps. Qualifications Required Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Business, Supply chain management, Mechanical engineering, Materials science, or related field AND 10 years--- experience in mechanical sourcing, procurement, supply chain, mechanical engineering, operations management, or relevant sales-related roles OR Master's Degree in Business, Supply chain management, Mechanical engineering, Materials science, or related field AND 8 years--- experience in Supply chain, Mechanical sourcing, Mechanical engineering, Operations management, or relevant sales-related roles Superior program management adherence experiences in the consumer electronics market, in factory experience preferred. Expertise in market analysis to dissect market size, players, customers, growth, technology replacements/forecasts, pricing trends, etc., to formulate sourcing strategies. Mechanical engineering expertise (preferably in consumer electronics) and in-depth ability to create and implement should-cost models and design tradeoffs scenarios. Demonstrated ability to think strategically but detailed oriented to support ideology with facts. Ability to articulate points of view with executive management but execute plans when directed. Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request via the Accommodation request form. Benefits/perks listed below may vary depending on the nature of your employment with Microsoft and the country where you work. MnS Sourcing

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