NPI Procurement - Materials Program Manager

Western Digital
Full time | Full day

NPI Procurement - Materials Program Manager

Posted 21 October by Western Digital

  • San Jose
Company Description

At Western Digital, our vision is to power global innovation and push the boundaries of technology to make what you thought was once impossible, possible.

At our core, Western Digital is a company of problem solvers. People achieve extraordinary things given the right technology. For decades, we’ve been doing just that. Our technology helped people put a man on the moon.

We are a key partner to some of the largest and highest growth organizations in the world. From energizing the most competitive gaming platforms, to enabling systems to make cities safer and cars smarter and more connected, to powering the data centers behind many of the world’s biggest companies and public cloud, Western Digital is fueling a brighter, smarter future.

Binge-watch any shows, use social media or shop online lately? You’ll find Western Digital supporting the storage infrastructure behind many of these platforms. And, that flash memory card that captures and preserves your most precious moments? That’s us, too.

We offer an expansive portfolio of technologies, storage devices and platforms for business and consumers alike. Our data-centric solutions are comprised of the Western Digital®, G-Technology™, SanDisk® and WD® brands.

Today’s exceptional challenges require your unique skills. It’s You & Western Digital. Together, we’re the next BIG thing in data.

Job Description

We are seeking a highly motivated NPI Procurement team member, whom will be responsible to lead and drive procurement activities for a portfolio of new products within our Flash Business Unit. You will act as a trusted adviser and partner to the business, applying consistent guidelines for compliance, and managing risk and business ethics.


As the Materials Program Manager, you will be responsible for but not limited to:

  • Actively participating in the development of new products to ensure appropriate and timely material release, supplier establishment and inventory systems to support timely product launches.
  • Providing expansive thought leadership through collaboration with cross-functional teams, ensuring new products meet cost, quality, functionality, schedule, product launch and production objectives.
  • Driving team to achieve external product BOM Cost targets by meeting both Should Cost (Target Costs) and PCR costs.
  • Ensuring programs have the appropriate resiliency to prevent delays due to issues within the Supply Chain.
  • Working directly with multi-function teams and suppliers to address issues that may impact schedule and supply.
  • Collaborating with senior stakeholders to align on product sourcing plan and cost objectives.
  • Tracking new product program expenditures.
  • Participating in various program related meetings, Program Cost Reviews, etc. as Procurement representative.
  • Interfacing with Sourcing Team and Factory Materials to ensure a smooth hand-off of material requirements at product transfer.
  • Completing deliverables on time at each required program milestone.



  • Proven 5+ years of related materials program management experience with deep understanding of best-in-class procurement business practices.
  • Demonstrated “hands on” leader with an eagerness to contribute and deliver results.


  • Recent background (3-5 years) in data storage and related advanced electronics and mechanical components and products, preferred


  • Highly collaborative by nature; transparent and open-minded
  • Proven data driven problem-solver with a tendency to be practical and innovative
  • Strong project management skills and the ability to manage competing priorities
  • Consistently work on complex assignments requiring independent action and a high degree of initiative to resolve issues
  • Excellent communicator with a strong sense of professionalism with the ability to effectively present at all levels of the organization
  • An influencer, able to drive consensus across stakeholders
  • Accountable and self-motivated individual with ability to work under pressure with changing priorities and limited information
  • Anticipative and strategic thinker
  • A strong sense of integrity and dedication to ethical business practices
  • Advanced proficiency in MS Office (Excel, PowerPoint and Word). Experience with ERP/MRP systems required.

Additional Information

Western Digital is committed to providing equal opportunities to all applicants and employees and will not discriminate based on their race, color, ancestry, religion (including religious dress and grooming standards), sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, breastfeeding or related medical conditions), gender (including a person’s gender identity, gender expression, and gender-related appearance and behavior, whether or not stereotypically associated with the person’s assigned sex at birth), age, national origin, sexual orientation, medical condition, marital status (including domestic partnership status), physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, protected medical and family care leave, Civil Air Patrol status, military and veteran status, or other legally protected characteristics. We also prohibit harassment of any individual on any of the characteristics listed above. Our non-discrimination policy applies to all aspects of employment. We comply with the laws and regulations set forth in the Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law poster.

Western Digital thrives on the power and potential of diversity. As a global company, we believe the most effective way to embrace the diversity of our customers and communities is to mirror it from within. We believe the fusion of various perspectives results in the best outcomes for our employees, our company, our customers, and the world around us. We are committed to an inclusive environment where every individual can thrive through a sense of belonging, respect and contribution.

Western Digital is committed to offering opportunities to applicants with disabilities and ensuring all candidates can successfully navigate our careers website and our hiring process. Please contact us at to advise us of your accommodation request. In your email, please include a description of the specific accommodation you are requesting as well as the job title and requisition number of the position for which you are applying.

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