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Job Title:  Commodity Manager


Huntsville, AL, US, 35803

Business Unit:  Abaco Business Unit
Posting Date:  Aug 1, 2022
Job Description: 

Abaco Systems, a business unit of AMETEK, Inc., is a global leader in commercial open architecture computing and rugged embedded electronics. With over 30 years of experience in aerospace & defense, industrial, energy, medical, communications and other critical sectors, Abaco’s innovative solutions align with open standards to accelerate customer success.


Abaco is hiring a Commodity Manager with electronics experience to work at our Huntsville, Alabama manufacturing facility. To be successful in this position you must be able to work with engineering, electronics distribution, component manufacturers and non-franchised distributors to resolve part shortages.


Key Objectives:

  • Focal point of escalation of problematic part shortages with electronic distribution and component manufacturers.
  • Drive YOY cost reduction through negotiations with electronic distribution partners and with electronic component manufactures.  In addition, work with engineering to identify cost reduction through changing product design / manufacturers
  • Drive YOY improvement in quality and delivery by working with the key suppliers to achieve World Class levels in quality and delivery
  • Drive YOY improvement in working capital by implementing demand pull techniques with suppliers so inventory will arrive as needed.  In addition, work with suppliers to optimize payment terms
  • Facilitate sales growth through support of New product introduction to achieve successful launch of products



Essential Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Perform escalation of critical part shortages with electronic distribution and component manufacturers through consistent and direct contact until shortage has been resolved.  Work with engineering and non-franchised distributors as appropriate to resolve shortages
  • Develop cost reduction plan and implement actions to achieve savings.  Monitor Purchase Price Variance and work to minimize inflationary leakage
  • Conduct and lead monthly meetings with key suppliers that focus on continuous improvement in quality and delivery – support manufacturing facilities to ensure suppliers are engaged in providing commitment for improvement
  • Develop Kanban / VMI pull systems with suppliers.  Negotiate contract and framework with supplier.  Ensure proper implementation and monitor progress before turning over to tactical buyers
  • Support of new products - maintain constant contact with Product Management, Engineering, and Program Management to stay abreast of all development activities
  • Facilitate the success development and launch of new product with concern to Supply Chain activities
  • Coordinate the procurement of all Pre-Serial production materials to ensure their availability for engineering builds while maintaining trace-ability.
  • Ensure that all SAP system parameters as setup to ensure that the plant level buyers and planners are successful in planning orders and procuring material.
  • Coordinate an effective hand off of new products to the plant level planners and buyers with a sign-off.
  • Support of corporate supply chain initiatives as required
  • Attend all product and program reviews and report out as needed
  • Travel on occasion an estimated 4-6 times per year


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering/business related field or 5-7 years of experience working in electronics commodity
  • 2 or more years in contract administration desired


Abaco is a Department of Defense (DoD) supplier and as such employees may work with or be exposed to controlled information that may only be seen or handled by US citizens or qualified permanent residents.

AMETEK is committed to making a safer, sustainable, and more productive world a reality. We use differentiated technology solutions to solve our customers’ most complex challenges. We employ 18,500 colleagues, in 30 countries, that are grounded by our core values: Ethics and Integrity, Respect for the Individual, Diversity and Inclusion, Teamwork, and Social Responsibility. AMETEK (NYSE:AME) is a component of the S&P 500. Visit for more information.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class. Individuals who need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the employment process should call 1 (866) 263-8359.

Nearest Major Market: Huntsville