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Manufacturing Cost Specialist

Company: Juniper Networks
Location: Sunnyvale
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

The Manufacturing Cost Specialist manages product cost (COGS) and OCOGS across all Juniper's manufacturing partners. This includes innovating and driving cost reduction initiatives, managing and reporting quarterly product cost updates and working cross-functionally across Supply Chain to implement process and efficiency improvements to drive down manufacturing cost. This role requires a collaborative and crisp communication style and an impressive analytical and process-driven approach.

This role requires a wide knowledge of Supply Chain and Manufacturing functions, processes and cost.

Responsibilities may vary and include:

Drive manufacturing partners and 3PL distribution hubs to streamline processes for cost reduction and cost avoidance. Work closely with commodity management and other Supply Chain teams on cost-related initiatives.

Innovate and drive cost-related initiatives with the manufacturing partners

Define and monitor savings projections for proposed initiatives. Track and report actualized savings for implemented initiatives.

Manage quarterly manufacturing cost roll process and drive partners to QoQ cost reduction targets

Lead projects for data analytics, tools and system enhancements relating to manufacturing cost data

Provide regular updates on progress to targets, deltas and trends to senior leadership

Compile and communicate cost analysis of specific end-to-end processes as required

Define and negotiate cost model for claims relating to manufacturing rework, restock, test, purges, DOA/quality, pricing discrepancies. Ensure claims comply with agreed cost model

Work with Accounts Payable teams and with Accounts Receivable teams at the manufacturing partners to keep aging of payables/receivables to a minimum and to facilitate monthly reconciliations for Corporate Accounting. Monitor timely and accurate credit note issuance from manufacturing partners

Liaise with Operations finance team and internal auditors to provide data, answer questions and perform SOX controls

Work with NPI team on product cost related questions. Perform comparison of partner quotes. Ensure compliance of Production quotes with original bid response from manufacturing partners.

Create Purchase Orders and approve invoices


Bachelor degree or equivalent.

7+ years of experience in Supply Chain roles, with a focus on manufacturing operations, including work with global outsourced manufacturing partners and 3PL providers

Experience with manufacturing cost analysis and proven track record of cost reduction and cost avoidance in previous roles.

Contract manufacturing quoting/product cost experience.

Skillset required

Strong analytical skills

Ability to review and validate large amounts of data accurately and quickly

Excellent knowledge of MS Excel is an absolute requirement

Excellent aptitude for team work and communication across global regions, with outsourced partners and internal colleagues

Strong time management skills

Demonstrated success with building and improving processes and metrics.

Ability to communicate results of cost analysis to a broad audience.

Ability to work effectively both at detailed administrative work and high level analysis on a daily basis

Work Environment

  • Office environment or remote worker
  • Sunnyvale, CA or Westford, MA based work location
  • Must be willing to work non-standard hours to meet demands of global footprint.
  • Occasional domestic and international travel is required

Keywords: Juniper Networks, Sunnyvale , Manufacturing Cost Specialist, Other , Sunnyvale, California

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