Riverbed Technology, Inc.

  • Senior Commodity Manager

    Job Locations US-CA-Sunnyvale
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  • Company Overview

    Title:  Senior Commodity Manager

    Location:  Sunnyvale, CA

    Riverbed solutions help companies transition from legacy hardware to a new software-defined and cloud-centric approach to networking and application delivery for the digital age. The Riverbed Application Performance Platform™ takes Riverbed’s SD-WAN solution for agile networking that really works, and adds to this digital backbone industry-leading solutions for WAN optimization and hybrid networking, for branch IT orchestration, and for end-to-end visibility from device to cloud. All these solutions are integrated in a flexible, modular, digital architecture that delivers any apps, data and services from any public or private cloud across any network to any end-point, with the best possible user experience as determined by business policy.

    Riverbed is a pre-IPO opportunity with over $1 billion in revenue headquartered in San Francisco with branch offices around the globe.


    About this Position:

    Riverbed is seeking a Senior Commodity Manager. This position reports to the Senior Director of Strategic Sourcing and is responsible for the overall selection, strategic direction and oversight of Riverbed’s direct material suppliers for specific commodities.


    The Senior Commodity Manager will have ownership for a portfolio of commodities, such as Microprocessors, Memory, SSD’s. and will manage all commercial negotiations with suppliers within these core areas. Additionally, the Senior Commodity Manager will have ownership for management and commercial negotiations with Supplier Distribution partners.   

    The Senior Commodity Manager will lead cross-functional Commodity teams to develop the supply chain strategies for each commodity and will be responsible or execution of these strategies, including effective assessment and evaluation of potential new suppliers, supplier selection, contract and cost negotiations as well as ongoing supplier management.  As part of the ongoing supplier management, the Senior Commodity Manager will coordinate with Product Management, Engineering and Operations stakeholders to consolidate supplier performance data and facilitate Quarterly Business Reviews with suppliers at which report card and other performance data will be shared.  Our manufacturing is 100% outsourced. The Strategic Sourcing team will be responsible for all strategic and commercial considerations related to the Contract Manufacturers.

    Riverbed is a high quality manufacturer of network and storage appliances Riverbed is consistently rated by its employees as a top rated employer and has a history of attracting and retaining top talent.  We are looking for an excellent candidate for this highly visible position – compensation for this role will be competitive.





    • Develop commodity strategies for assigned commodities (competitive landscape, SWOT, pricing trends, technology roadmap, supplier risk analysis, cost analysis, etc.)
    • Drive quarterly cost savings (8-10% annually)
    • Conduct Quarterly or Bi-Annual Business Reviews with key suppliers
    • Establish KPIs and quarterly supplier scorecards
    • Perform all commercial supplier negotiations, including competitive price reviews, creating or updating contracts (MSA’s, MOUs), tracking and managing back-end rebate programs.
    • Provide forecasts to all assigned commodity suppliers
    • Design and implement inventory/material flexibility and lead-time reduction programs with key commodity suppliers to prevent supply disruption.
    • Monitor Supplier PCN’s and coordinate EOL strategies, working with Engineering to qualify alternates.
    • Establish and foster positive executive relationships with key commodity suppliers.
    • Maintain deep understanding of supplier product roadmaps and technology trends.
    • Research and publish quarterly detailed key commodity and/or supplier market intelligence reports. 


    • BS or BA degree from a reputable institution
    • MBA or equivalent is a plus
    • 7+ Years of involvement in Commodity Management, Strategic Sourcing, Supply Chain or equivalent role
    • 5+ Years of contract negotiation experience and sound understanding of corporate contracts
    • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
    • Exceptional business acumen
    • Ability to effectively navigate up and down the supplier’s hierarchy
    • Exception relationship management skills and with ease able to navigate up/down the supplier’s hierarchy.
    • Prior experience in managing commodities within the server space is a plus (CPUs, SSD’s, Memory).
    • Prior experience in Supplier Management of Platform and Component Distributors industry
    • Strong technical knowledge in networking and storage products is a plus
    • Proven successful track record of working in high-tech and fast paced environments.
    • Knowledge managing suppliers in a 100% outsourced model.  
    • Ability to effectively influence/lead change
    • Significant exposure in high-tech and fast-paced environments




    About Riverbed:

    If you are a high-achiever who wants to be part of a dynamically growing, billion dollar plus company, then you should look closely at Riverbed.  We offer the rewarding experience of working with the best minds in the industry that are changing the world through cutting edge technology and applications. The company has been recognized multiple years for attracting and retaining today’s top talent as a great place to work by Glassdoor, Fortune magazine’s 20 Great Workplaces in Tech and by numerous other publications. 

    Learn more at www.riverbed.com.  

    Riverbed is proud to be an affirmative action (AA) and equal employment opportunities (EEO) employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or on the basis of disability.






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