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Job Summary

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a dynamic, growing business unit within that provides a broad set of infrastructure services including computing power, storage options, networking and databases available on demand. We are the leader in cloud computing and our pioneers are embracing innovation, building the future, and making history! The Infrastructure team provides AWS and with the compute, network and data center capacity that are the foundations of the retail and cloud business.

Amazon is seeking a motivated and data-driven category manager to support the Americas data center operations space. The candidate should have strong supply chain, strategic sourcing, procurement, engineering design, architecture, construction, analytical and financial acumen skills, and passion to dive-deep into processes used in our data center operations network. Additionally, candidate must have proven skills in managing large-scale supply chain and procurement improvement projects.

Key Job Responsibilities

As a Hardware Commodity Specialist (Category Manager) you are responsible for strategic sourcing and operational procurement tasks. You will create and implement sourcing category strategies for at least one services or materials category and collaborate with internal business partners and suppliers to drive lead time efficiencies, reduce supply chain risks, provide sustainable solutions, and analyze market trends and improved costs for Amazon. On operational front, you will onboard suppliers, run RFP process, do competitive bidding, conduct bid analysis, negotiate and award suppliers. In addition, you will develop mechanisms and metrics to hold suppliers accountable for performance and delivery.

The ideal candidate thinks long-term, drives multiple initiatives, communicates appropriately and influences customers and suppliers at all levels. You will be collaborative, but also work with significant autonomy. To be successful in this role you will be highly analytical; think strategically and globally; exhibit curiosity and learning drive; have a sense of urgency to meet customer timelines, succeed in a fast-paced environment; and have a high level of customer focus and business judgement. It will be critical to embrace and model Amazon’s Leadership Principles and have an entrepreneurial spirit.

About the team

Our team is dedicated to supporting new team members in an environment that celebrates knowledge sharing and mentorship. Projects and tasks are assigned in a way that leverages your strengths and helps you further develop your skillset.

*Mentorship & Career Growth*

Our team is dedicated to supporting new team members in an environment that celebrates knowledge sharing and mentorship. Projects and tasks are assigned in a way that leverages your strengths and helps you further develop your skillset.

*Inclusive Team Culture*

Here at AWS, we embrace our differences. We are committed to furthering our culture of inclusion. We have ten employee-led affinity groups, reaching 40,000 employees in over 190 chapters globally. We have innovative benefit offerings, and host annual and ongoing learning experiences, including our Conversations on Race and Ethnicity (CORE) and AmazeCon (gender diversity) conferences.

*Work/Life Harmony*

Our team puts a high value on work-life harmony. It isn’t about how many hours you spend at home or at work; it’s about the flow you establish that brings energy to both parts of your life. We believe striking the right balance between your personal and professional life is critical to life-long happiness and fulfillment. We offer flexibility and encourage you to find your own balance between your work and personal lives.

*Note*: Amazon internships are full-time (40 hours/week) for 12 consecutive weeks in 2022. Applicants should have a minimum of one quarter/semester remaining in their studies after their internship concludes.

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Basic Qualifications

  • Currently enrolled in MBA or equivalent Master’s degree program with a conferral date between December 1, 2022 and September 30, 2023
  • Undergraduate degree in Supply Chain Management, Finance, Engineering, Architecture, Operations, or other field from an accredited university
  • 3+ years of relevant professional or military work experience which occurred after completing your undergraduate program and prior to starting your MBA or master’s program.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Supply Chain Management, Finance, Engineering, or Operations
  • Relevant strategic sourcing experience including vendor negotiations with design/construction vendors, global contract management, process improvement, operational and financial analysis
  • Experience in new product introduction (NPI), procurement, supply chain, inventory management and operations
  • Familiarity with supply chain management concepts – forecasting, planning, sourcing, optimization, logistics
  • Familiarity with supply chain , operational , cost and financial analysis
  • Experience in data centers, engineering, an infrastructure service provider or similar technology company
  • Strong track record of creative problem solving using lean principles, and the desire to create and build new processes.
  • Experience measuring key operational metrics (e.g., order cycle time, ship estimate accuracy, on time and complete shipment, inventory record defect rate)
  • Experience practicing best-in-class procurement processes (category management, bench-marking, should-cost models, RFX, reverse auction, contracting, etc.).
  • Strong quantitative, financial and qualitative analytical skills paired with hands-on attitude, excellent attention to detail, and good business judgment
  • Strong leader who can drive category strategies, develop pricing models, and has influence across all levels of an organization
  • Experience developing tools, reports, process maps, scorecards, and data visualizations that improve upon those currently employed for understanding the business and making decisions
  • Tableau or other data visualization tools
  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge of Excel

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