iRobot Corporation

Strategic Sourcing Manager - NPI

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Job Post Information* : Posted Date
3 days ago


We're looking for a Global Strategic Sourcing Manager.  You will be responsible for leveraging company-wide opportunities and negotiating strategic procurement initiatives, that will lead and develop category strategies with long-term goals and visions. You will work to ensure that the Engineering, Advanced Development and Business Unit groups are able to design and build products using components from reliable suppliers that meet iRobot’s volume, cost and quality requirements. This is an exciting, dynamic role in which you will work across all departments and be looked to as an expert to identify and/or develop new suppliers and establish strategic relationships for a wide variety of needs, both technical and commercial. You will manage a portfolio of commodities to optimize the supply base and deliver financial benefit from supply chain improvements and strategic initiatives.

Essential Functions/ Job Duties

  • Manages the negotiation and contract development process for assigned comoodities suppliers in the global team
  • Identify and leverage opportunities and directly negotiate programs to achieve the lowest total cost of ownership across category and/or product line.
  • Acts as knowldge leader for new component/subassembly supply and procurement support to Advanced Development and Engineering for all new product development projects
  • Work closely with engineering and Advanced Development teams to identify, qualify and components from existing and new suppliers both locally and internationally.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with suppliers.
  • Prepares, distributes and analyzes responses to Request for Information, Proposal, Quote (RFI, RFP, RFQ), and Statements of Work (SOW), and service agreements.
  • Constantly seeks and identifies opportunities for value creation (cost savings, cost avoidance, revenue enhancement) and risk reduction.
  • Conducts market research, evaluation and selection of new and current technologies.
  • Manage high-value, high-complexity SOWs, RFx’s, and contracts with minimal direction.


  • Experience in commodity management of Semiconductors
  • Measurable accomplishments and experience in a strategic procurement role to include contract negotiations, cost reductions, supplier selection, and supplier management.  Experience with negotiating with Asian and European suppliers is a must.
  • Must have 3+ years of direct sourcing experience ideally with previous working knowledge of consumer good/electronics industries (electromechancial component and parts)
  • Extensive international procurement experience preferred / domestic and international sourcing.
  • Possesses vision of entire business need, and have commitment to meet short-term requirements while working to long-term objectives.
  • Produces clear documentation geared to all audiences.
  • Strong business and legal acumen – seasoned professional required, capable of performing with minimum supervision.
  • Strong analytical problem solving aptitude.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in engineering, business, finance, operations or related field with 5+ years of purchasing and procurement experience.  Legal training is preferred.
  • Must be willing to travel internationally and domestically about 25% of the time.
  • Ability to speak Chinese (Mandarin, Taiwanese, Cantonese) a plus but not mandatory.



About Us

We are the leading global consumer robot company, designing and building robots that empower people to do more, both inside and outside of the home. Founded by MIT roboticists who had the vision of making practical robots a reality. To date, we have sold over 20 million robots and globally employ more than 600 of the robot industry’s best and brightest. iRobot is committed to fostering invention, discovery and technological exploration in the pursuit of practical and valuable robot products for the home. iRobot stock trades on the NASDAQ stock market under the ticker symbol IRBT.


iRobot is headquartered in Bedford, Massachusetts, accessible by our corporate shuttle directly from Alewife Station. We also have offices in California, Europe, Japan, China & Hong Kong. Imagine the future you could help us build as a fellow iRoboteer! Check out #LifeAtiRobot and follow us on Instagram: @irobotcareers


iRobot is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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