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Commodity Manager – Global Sourcing | First Solar | Perrysburg, OH, United States

Basic Job Functions:

Lead procurement cross-functional teams for Tier 2 categories resulting in procurement decisions delivering the highest quality, reliability, and value to meet First Solar requirements.  Develop strong business relationships and strategic alliances supporting First Solar’s growth plan.

Education and Experience:

  • BS/BA degree plus 5 or more years of experience in a related technical or business field or 8 years experience in a related technical or business field
  • Strong knowledge of operational purchasing processes & concepts.
  • ISM and APICS Certification preferred.

Required Skills:

  • Decision Making:
    • Participates with executives to establish strategic plans and objectives.
    • Select, evaluate, and develop category plan objectives in areas of technology, quality, cost, flexibility, and service.
    • Execute projects consistent with achieving overall supply management organizational goals.
    • Implement sourcing decisions based on team consensus to weighted scorecard.
  • Problem Solving:
    • Assess, define and resolve complex supply chain and procurement issues without supervision.
    • Apply root cause analysis and derive corrective actions, and assess adequacy of the analyses and plans proposed by suppliers managed.
    • Apply appropriate competitive cost benchmarks, financial analysis and risk management techniques to solve issues.
    • Able to influence internal customers and executive to achieve mutually beneficial solutions.

Project Management:

    • Understands and demonstrates advanced project management skills.
    • Demonstrated ability to successfully manage multiple projects at the same time, and to close projects on time.
    • Effectively manages relationships and peer deliverables to successful project completion.


    • Highly effective communicator, including oral, written and presentation preparation
    • Interacts primarily with peers, senior managers and executives within First Solar.
    • Interaction requires the ability to influence others, frequently associates with higher position, to achieve organiziational goals.
    • Often acts as team leader of cross-functional group for ad-hoc or standing projects.
    • Routine interaction with directors, VPs or “C”  level executives of suppliers managed.
    • Builds deep industry relationships and category subject matter expertise.


    • Performs market and cost analysis.
    • Issues RFIs/RFQs/RFPs.
    • Develops and executes negotiation plan.
    • Conducts negotiation within approved negotiation parameters and authority.
    • Documents commercial terms and drafts contract agreements and amendments.
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