iRobot Corporation

  • Principal Materials Controller

    Job Locations CN-INTERNATIONAL - Guangzhou
    Category Operations/Manufacturing
    Requisition ID
    Job Post Information* : Posted Date
    2 months ago(6/20/2018 2:33 AM)
  • Summary

    This position will be responsible for managing materials that have critical impact on the organization. Responsibilities will encompass materials planning (Clear to build), inventory control, Excess & Obsolete (E&O) analysis and projections, New Product Material readiness, logistics readiness from Suppliers to Contract Manufacturer’s (CM’s).

    Essential Functions/ Job Duties

    • Manage the CTB process with the CM’s, ensure that the process is working smoothly and that we have clear visibility on materials over a certain horizon. Work with the CM’s and cross teams on all identified material issues (including sub-tier supply chain) until issues are closed/resolved from end to end lifecycle.
    • Coordinate and manage production schedule, capacity and delivery schedule from key component suppliers (especially sole source) to ensure material continuity of supply to support CM build plan.
    • Develop and execute supplier performance metrics to measure material continuity of supply, buffer stock requirements, excess materials and obsolete materials at CM and sub-tier vendors to drive improvements upstream.
    • Identify and mitigate potential material supply risks. Partner with Sourcing and Manufacturing Managers to come up with solutions, risk mitigation and contingency plan. Proactively identify potential supply and delivery issues and promptly resolve capacity, materials supply and delivery issues that could impact the build plan at CMs, and closely collaborate with Sourcing to resolve or minimize any potential impact.
    • Co-work with Planning Team to review & provide analysis on the Monthly MRP Forecast vs factory Capacity. Release the Product Forecast Plan to factories and key components suppliers and monitor the status of material plan and supply.
    • Oversee strategic material supply situation and communicate allocation recommendation among multiple CMs. Coordinate with CM and key component suppliers on critical material supply issues and liability etc. Allocate critical materials (with supply capacity constraint) between contract manufacturers. On-site check and close monitoring on bottleneck materials to expedite material delivery.
    • Provide the real-time demand plan vs materials in inventory and in pipeline to support the Material PO Release. Coordinate with materials supplier, Forwarder and Contract Manufacturers on the logistics flow to allocate and deliver the materials in pipeline to different CMs to ensure safe and just in time delivery. Monitor the effective inventory control, non-production usage and damage etc for ICs.
    • Co-work with Mfg Engineering/Planning on each ECN of material/design change, order cancelation and product EOL, and to process the verification & approval on the associated liability for material scraps and reworks.
    • Lead communication on NPI materials management, ensure newly added or changed materials are pipelined appropriately and timely, to drive, feed and track materials clear to build (CTB) to support “available PO to promise date” to OPMs, Sales and PdM, and others as needed.
    • Ensure material availability and continuity of supply. Work with suppliers to ensure capacity, labor, materials & equipment are ready to support CM ramp-up plan, from engineering builds to mass production.
    • Ensure flawless execution from CM and supply chain. Ensure timely release of accurate forecast & PO to sub-tier vendors on time.
    • Ensure POs and forecast will be released from CMs to materials vendors and/or distributors at right timing (based on lead time understanding from Sourcing or CM through distributors), in right quantity (based on ramp up plan from OPM with risk buy approval based on BOM maturity), and with right price (based on Sourcing’s confirmation between CM and distributors).
    • Maintain data reporting, charts, shortage lists, and others reports related to NPI.
    • Working with Sourcing to expedite production of parts as required and establish delivery dates as required to meet ramp up plan.




    • BA/BS degree or equivalent practical experience.
    • >5 years of experience in a supply chain program/ material management/Planning Management/project management role.
    • Demonstrated experience collaborating and working cross-functionally with CM, engineering, sourcing, and manufacturing team.
    • Strong knowledge of NPI builds management, manufacturing and supply chain processes and production challenges.



    • Extensive knowledge of ERP systems, Word, Excel and Outlook.
    • Detail-oriented, strong project management and execution skills.
    • Team player with strong oral and written communication skills.

    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 in 1990 by Massachusetts Institute of Technology 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.


    Our office is in the heart of Guangzhou in the Tianhe District. iRobot is headquartered in Bedford, Massachusetts. We also have offices in California, the UK, Japan, Shanghai & 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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