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Global Commodities Director

Req ID:  82142

How do you build a better tomorrow? A spirit of constant improvement has made Maxeon Solar Technologies the world-renowned leader in solar innovation, and we thrive together to lead the fight against climate change.

The energy market is roughly $4 trillion globally, and solar penetration is less than 1%.  But just one hour of sunlight, if harnessed, could power the entire world for a year. We have the opportunity to completely change the way energy is produced, distributed and consumed on a global scale, and we’re looking for talented, committed people to help us drive our growth and achieve our goals.

Maxeon Solar Technologies is a global leader in solar innovation. Built from 35 years of boundary-pushing solar DNA, the company launched as an independent entity following its spin-off from US-based SunPower Corporation in August 2020.

Maxeon designs, manufactures, and sells industry leading SunPower branded solar products in more than 100 countries through a global network spanning more than 1,100 sales and installation partners. And Maxeon is powering positive change every day with a brilliant, passionate and driven team of more than 5,000 in Latin America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

We push the boundaries, taking solar technology higher, faster and farther than before. We hold ourselves to a higher standard, striving for the highest integrity, safety, and quality. And we thrive together as a global team, embracing our diverse backgrounds to make a positive impact on the world. Are you ready to power positive change?

Summary of Role
•    Maxeon Solar Technologies is seeking a dynamic and experienced Director of Commodities for Modules Materials, to join the leadership team of our market-leading solar panel company. The individual will be responsible for defining and driving the Global Commodity strategy for strategic sourcing, category management, and purchasing of all materials bought for modules assembly. Proactively support regional sales operations and local factories to fulfill their procurement needs, while continuously building and improving strategic supplier relationships, pricing competitiveness, and service. 
•    This individual will be responsible for establishing strategic partnerships with qualified suppliers, driving continual improvement and cost reduction with material and service vendors, and managing supplier agreements programmatically. 
•    The Global Commodity Director will manage a department of category managers as well as closely working with procurement specialists and buyer/planners.  The Global Commodity Director will work closely with manufacturing resources, R&D and Product leadership teams to fill business requirements and material supply needs. 
•    The Global Commodity Director will work to cultivate partnership-based relationships with key suppliers; and to be a champion for these partners, while also ensuring Maxeon Solar Technologies needs are met. They will use their awareness of the product lifecycle pipeline and cost road map to develop supplier interest and preferential pricing, with a focus on quality, design for manufacturer and performance. 
•    The Global Commodity Director articulates the multi-year procurement strategy for the business and coordinates bidding and vendor selection, contract negotiation, and execution planning.  Successful candidates will have deep experience in the solar industry, with demonstrated knowledge of strategic procurement, supplier performance management and operational procurement.
 ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following (other duties may be assigned):
•    Develop and execute an integrated strategy and action plan to optimize cost and service; Manage and adhere to budget.
•    Own the overall Commodity Management/Procurement transformation plan; including responsibility for ensuring the function constantly evolves and raises the bar.
•    Direct the management of all global procurement services, including outsourced services; Liaison with Sales Operations leadership and manage Global Commodity Council. 
•    Develop long-term sourcing strategies; Direct development, implementation and improvement of Key Performance Indicators globally. 
•    Define governance and guidelines in the evaluation, selection, negotiation and relationships with suppliers to improve costs, terms, and standards of service; Own and maintain all policies and procedures pertinent to the procurement process.
•    Management responsibilities include staffing decisions, mentoring/developing team members, assigning resources as needed to ensure success of key objectives.
•    Development of a strong cross-functional relationship between global commodity management, site procurement, site supply chain teams, and other functions to enhance improve efficiencies across the enterprise.
•    Define and develop a complete Business Continuity Plan for key critical commodities. 
•    Develop and implement category strategies and strategic sourcing events to optimize total cost of ownership with a focus on value, performance and quality execution.
•    Lead negotiations of Master Service and Master Supply Agreements.
•    Identify and establish relationships with key suppliers regionally and nationally.
•    Drive measurable cost savings throughout product lifecycle.
•    Manage the work of buyers, planners, and contracts managers.
•    Coordinate with R&D, Manufacturing, Category Managers, Buyers and Planners to develop meaningful portfolio-level RFQ and RFP.
•    Approve all Purchase Orders and Supply Agreements.
•    Lead periodic strategic commodity reviews, compiling feedback from project teams and suppliers.
•    Maintain a meaningful supplier knowledge base, including regional coverage, core competencies, and performance history.
•    Engage Engineering and Project Management teams with any potential savings or schedule improvement opportunities presented by suppliers.
•    Administer inventory management and logistics for major capital equipment including owner furnished equipment and safe harbor equipment.
•    Ensure SOX and corporate governance compliance for all purchases and relationships.
•    30% of business travel required, mostly in Asia, position based in China preferably.
•    A minimum of 10+ years of experience of progressive levels of responsibility within complex high volume global manufacturing environments managing a minimum of $500M in annual material spend. In addition, at least 5 years of experience leading a global supply chain organization in a senior leadership role.
•    Demonstrated ability in contract negotiation and management.
•    Excellent written and verbal communications skills. Fluent in English.
•    Demonstrated ethics and integrity.
Preferred requirements
•    Engineering, Business or Supply Chain Management degree.
•    Familiarity with standards and technical certification requirements for renewable energy system design and components (wind, solar, storage.)
•    Demonstrated ability to collaborate with central, regional and international team members.
•    Demonstrated ability to work in a rapid-paced, highly dynamic business environment.
•    Knowledge and experience with Continuous Improvement (i.e. 8D, Six Sigma methodologies).
•    Great interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to interface and maintain relationships at all levels of an organization.
•    Ability to thrive in a deadline-oriented, fast-paced environment

Equal Employment Opportunity
The Company is an equal employment opportunity employer and makes employment decisions, including but not limited to, hiring, firing, promotion, demotion, training, and/or compensation, on the basis of merit. Employment decisions are based on an individual’s qualifications as they relate to the job under consideration. The Company’s policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on sex (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions, the actual sex of the individual, or the gender identity or gender expression), race, color, religion, including religious dress practices and religious grooming practices, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, marital status, familial status, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, protected veteran or military status, or any other consideration made unlawful by national, federal, state or local laws, ordinances, or regulations. The Company is committed to complying with all applicable laws providing equal employment opportunities. This commitment applies to all persons involved in the operations of the Company and prohibits unlawful discrimination by any employee of the Company, including supervisors and co-workers.

​At Maxeon Solar Technologies, we believe records are made to be broken.

Join our dynamic team where we:

  • Push the Boundaries
  • Hold Ourselves to a Higher       Standard
  • Thrive Together






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