Commodity Manager I- Aluminum & Steel (Direct sourcing)

First Solar

First Solar

Perrysburg, OH, USA
Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Job Description

First Solar reserves the right to offer you a role most applicable to your experience and skillset.

Basic Job Functions:

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


  • BS/BBA degree plus 2 years of experience in a related business field
  • Understanding of operational purchasing processes, concepts, and negotiations
  • Familiarity with RFI, RFQ and RFPs
  • Manufacturing experience in a fast-paced environment is preferred.
  • Must be a detail-oriented self-starter that can develop and execute strategic plans, timelines, and negotiations.

Required Skills/Competencies:

  • Decision Making:
    • Evalulate the overall goals of the organization and establish strategies to accomplish.
    • Participates with senior managers to establish strategic plans and objectives.
    • Support existing contract management as well as new supplier contracts
    • Select, evaluate, and develop category plan objectives in areas of technology, quality, cost, flexibility, and service with guidance and assistance.
    • Execute prioritized tasks consistent with achieving overall supply management organizational goals.
    • Implement sourcing decisions based on guidance and team consensus to weighted scorecard.
  • Problem Solving:
    • Assess, define, and resolve supply chain and procurement issues, with appropriate urgency.
    • Apply root cause analysis and derive corrective actions and assess adequacy of the analyses and plans proposed by suppliers.
    • Review appropriate competitive cost benchmarks, financial analysis, and risk management techniques to solve issues.
    • Ability to influence peers and internal customers to achieve mutually beneficial solutions.
  • Project Management:
    • Understands and demonstrates basic project management skills.
    • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects at the same time, and to meet deadlines.
    • Effectively manage relationships and peer deliverables to successful project completion
  • Interaction:
    • Must be a confident and effective communicator, including oral, written and presentation preparation.
    • Interaction requires the ability to gain cooperation of others, communicating commercial information concerning specific projects or schedules.
    • Routine interaction with managers, directors or VP levels of suppliers managed.
    • Builds deep industry relationships and category subject matter expertise.
  • Negotiation:
    • Performs market and cost analysis
    • Issues RFIs/RFQs/RFPs
    • Develops negotiation plan with some supervision
    • Conducts negotiation within approved negotiation parameters and authority
    • Documents commercial terms and drafts contract agreements and amendments
    • Collaborates with legal to ensure contract terms are acceptable
    • Utilize formal benchmarking methods to determine best in class processes and drive improvement

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Follows processes and operational policies in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.
  • Develops and administers project plan schedules and performance requirements.
  • Exercises judgment within defined procedures and policies to determine appropriate action.
  • Act as global supply management leader for assigned categories.
  • Willingness to work outside of regular business hours to support global needs.
  • Develop and implement global sourcing with specific negotiation strategies to achieve cost, supply assurance and risk mitigation objectives.
  • Support and lead commercial negotiations with managed supply partners.
  • Coordinate aggregation of all sites demand for supplier forecasting and leveraging for cost reduction.
  • Proactively manage supplier base ensuring supply with no adverse impact on factory ramp plans
  • Utilize formal benchmarking methods to determine best in class processes and drive improvement.
  • Measure and track supply performance within spend category.
  • Implement inventory optimization programs to optimize inventory turns, inventory investment and service level performance.
  • Effectively communicate with appropriate management levels both internally and externally
  • Collaborate with cross functional teams and manage supply chain goals for quality, technology, cost, flexibility, and service.
  • Demonstrate project management skills in leading cross functional teams.
  • Conduct business dealings with the highest level of integrity and regard for legal and environmental issues.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Job description subject to change at any time.

Reporting Relationships:

  • This position will report to the Director or Commodity Manager, Global Sourcing
  • This position will not have direct reports.


  • Limited travel (less than 10%) is required.

Estimated Annual Salary Range:

  • $58,000 - $80,000 annual salary

US Physical Requirements:

Office Physical Requirements:

All positions in our office require interaction with people and technology while either standing or sitting. In order to best service our customers, internal and external, all associates must be able to communicate face-to-face and on the phone with or without reasonable accommodation. First Solar is committed to compliance with its obligations under all applicable state and federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. In keeping with this commitment, it attempts to reasonably accommodate applicants and employees in accordance with the requirements of the disability discrimination laws. It also invites individuals with disabilities to participate in a good faith, interactive process to identify reasonable accommodations that can be made without imposing an undue hardship.

Potential candidates will meet the education and experience requirements provided on the above job description and excel in completing the listed responsibilities for this role. All candidates receiving an offer of employment must successfully complete a background check band any other tests that may be required.

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement: First Solar is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values and respects the importance of a diverse and inclusive workforce. It is the policy of the company to recruit, hire, train and promote persons in all job titles without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a driving force in the success of our company.