Strategic Sourcing Manager
ASML is a leading provider of advanced technology systems for the semiconductor industry. Its success is based on three pillars: technology leadership combined with customer and supplier intimacy, highly efficient manufacturing processes and entrepreneurial people.
Smaller, faster, greener. Computers get better every year; every generation of smartphones boasts higher resolution screens and cameras. ASML invents and develops the complex technology required for driving this performance with lithography machines printing smaller transistors each year. Open innovation is an important accelerator for ASML’s disruptive scientific progress.
The technology behind ASML’s business is known as lithography. These systems - called steppers and step & scan tools (scanners) - use a photographic process to image nanometric circuit patterns onto a silicon wafer the same way a camera prints an image on film. The lithographic process is a driving f actor in the fabrication of state-of-the-art chips.
A high-tech system integator
An ASML lithography system contains tens of thousands of parts, and nearly all of them are manufactured by suppliers. For example, all lenses are produced by strategic partner Zeiss. Evidently, the supplier network has a pivotal role in ASML’s innovation and progress. As a high-tech system integrator, the company focuses on ultimate outsourcing and integration of its supply chain.
Strategic sourcing manager
The Strategic Sourcing Manager has a significant impact on the development of the supply base strategy and policy in Optics, Mechatronics & Mechanics and Electrical Sourcing. (S)he is not a buyer negotiating prices; (s)he’s the one landscaping the supply base, preparing decisions whether the production of components is done in-house or outsourced (by one strategic partner or several) and scouting suppliers whose technology will create another step change. Needless to say, this role includes frequent exposure to the Board and senior management.
The Strategic Sourcing department, led by Mark van Spall, works in close cooperation with Development, Engineering and Senior Management of Strategic Sourcing & Procurement to secure the long term supply of the right products and services. Its success is carried by the close collaboration with suppliers. With 85% of the manufacturing cost price accounting for purchased goods, it’s safe to say that the future of ASML depends on its supplier network.
(S)he identifies new suppliers to support new technologies, creates early supplier involvement in development projects and balances long term supply capacity with expected market requirements. After all, the chip industry has a reputation for its volatility, so the supply chain needs to be flexible as well.
Minimum 6 years' consulting experience
Veldhoven / 13 nov 2015
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