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Cisco - Interconnects Technical Commodity Manager


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Interconnects Technical Commodity Manager

San Jose, CA (Hybrid) OR U.S. (Remote)


Cisco Global Supplier Management (GSM) team is seeking a motivated Technical Sourcing Commodity Manager for Interconnect commodity. You will join a highly impactful and dynamic organization collaborating with cross-functional teams and suppliers on early technology sensing and sourcing engagement.

We work closely with hardware design engineers across Cisco including early sensing and engagement to understand their product roadmap. You will lead and orchestrate the roadmap reviews between engineering and suppliers, find solutions, build proposals, and implement to meet business requirements, striking a balance between supply continuity, cost, and delivery.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Investigate and source next-generation of technologies, High-Speed I/O, ICMs, High-Speed Cables, RF, others. You must have a TECHNICAL understanding of the BOM and technologies!
  • Work with suppliers to ensure they are aligned to Cisco’s technical roadmap.
  • Provide technical expertise, special knowledge, and market directions to the engineering teams
  • Work with suppliers to get the early technology access engagement to develop New Products
  • Work with suppliers and the engineering teams to review the technical specifications and address the specification gaps.
  • Obtain pre-FCS and FCS quotations, NPI schedule, production capacity, supply flexibility, quality from the suppliers
  • Work with the engineering and legal team to draft agreements, SoWs, MOU, etc
  • Drive value engineering through conceptualization and execution
  • Prepare and present Supplier Business Reviews

Who You'll Work With

The Global Supplier Management (GSM) Organization is an industry leader in sourcing and supplier management that enables sustained innovation and supply chain precision. You will join a very motivated team that achieves record-setting results and a fun group that helps each other be successful at work and play. The team focus is to drive innovation as well as outstanding cost, quality, and delivery; in order to accomplish this, you will work very closely with constituents across Supply Base, Engineering, Finance, Manufacturing, Marketing, and Legal.


Who You Are

You will have experience with Interconnect technologies, and knowledge of the industry. You must have technical knowledge w.r.t. High-Speed I/O, High-Speed Cables, ICMs, RF, others business experience, communication skills, aren’t intimidated by titles, and can work with people toward a shared goal. You’re an innovator and you love technology.

You'll use your ability to influence, both inside and outside Cisco, to make sure we implement our strategy. Your top negotiation skills are used daily so that Cisco is bold in the marketplace and our customers love our products.


·       BA/BS or equivalent

·       Technical or MS degree preferred

·       10+ years of cross-functional supply chain experience

·       Strong TECHNICAL experience in Interconnects industry and technology.

·       Strong collaboration, communications, negotiations, facilitation, and contract reviews skills.

·       Adept at influencing decisions and developing solutions to sophisticated business situations related to Interconnect technologies.

·       Knowledge of manufacturing processes and procedures

·       The ability to work across boundaries, earn trust, take the risk, and be inclusive is highly valued

·       International travel required

Why Cisco

#WeAreCisco, where each person is unique, but we bring our talents to work as a team and make a difference powering an inclusive future for all.

We embrace digital, and help our customers implement change in their digital businesses. Some may think we’re “old” (36 years strong) and only about hardware, but we’re also a software company. And a security company. We even invented an intuitive network that adapts, predicts, learns and protects. No other company can do what we do – you can’t put us in a box!

But “Digital Transformation” is an empty buzz phrase without a culture that allows for innovation, creativity, and yes, even failure (if you learn from it.)

Day to day, we focus on the give and take. We give our best, give our egos a break, and give of ourselves (because giving back is built into our DNA.) We take accountability, bold steps, and take difference to heart. Because without diversity of thought and a dedication to equality for all, there is no moving forward.

So, you have colorful hair? Don’t care. Tattoos? Show off your ink. Like polka dots? That’s cool. Pop culture geek? Many of us are. Passion for technology and world changing? Be you, with us! 

Cisco Covid-19 Vaccination Policy

The health and safety of Cisco's employees, customers, and partners is a top priority. Our goal is to protect and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 infection for strong business resiliency during the pandemic. Therefore, Cisco requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in the U.S., unless otherwise prohibited by applicable law, and in countries where COVID-19 vaccination is legally required. The company will consider legally required accommodations/exceptions for medical, religious, and other reasons as per the requirements of the role and in accordance with applicable law. Additional information will be provided to candidates about the requirements and accommodation process at the offer time based on region.