Apple Global Supply Manager in Santa Clara Valley, California

Global Supply Manager

Job Number: 113689529

Santa Clara Valley, California, United States

Posted: 16-Apr-2018

Weekly Hours: 40.00

Job Summary

Imagine what you could do here. At Apple, great ideas have a way of becoming great products, services, and customer experiences very quickly. Bring passion and dedication to your job and there's no telling what you could accomplish.

Key Qualifications

  • The Global Supply Manager is positioned at the interface between Apple’s product teams and the industries that supply core component technologies. In this role, the individual is responsible for developing and executing sourcing strategies as well as recommending product innovations based on improving technology. The position requires an interest in market dynamics and competitive behavior, negotiation and pricing, manufacturing processes, and risk mitigation.


Develop a nuanced understanding of the commodity landscape in order to forecast industry trends and gauge emerging competitive forces. Identify changes in buyer and supplier power within core materials markets and leverage competitive dynamics to Apple’s advantage.

Effectively interface with suppliers to negotiate optimal terms for sourcing. Understand the tradeoffs between cost, volume, and quality in order to strike agreements that meet Apple’s performance criteria and secure long term supply continuity.

Collaborate across the Apple organization to ensure business objectives are met. Includes the ability to rapidly synthesize and communicate findings to senior leaders and to proactively identify potential supply issues that can affect product strategy.

Optimize global supply chain performance through cost and scenario analysis, and benchmarking. Develop an in-depth understanding of value-added manufacturing processes and costs, reverse logistics, and market intelligence, and apply this knowledge to influence Apple’s future product roadmap and sourcing decisions.

Assess and mitigate risks to the business. Manage global supply chain disruptions in real time with the support of an international team.

Manage and support new product ramps and supplier qualifications.


Requires BA/BS degree plus 6-8 years or MA/MS/MBA degree.

Additional Requirements

Strong analytical and strategic thinking skills

Superb communication and interpersonal skills

Poise when confronted with sudden setbacks

A knack for negotiation

Willingness to operate in a dynamic environment

Ability to make quick decisions with 80% information

Thirst for knowledge and the ability to learn quickly

Interest in technology and/or operations (experience preferred but not required)

Willingness to travel internationally (25% - 30% depending on commodity)