Commodity Manager--Cree

Now is your chance to join the revolution!!

Are you inspired by fast decision making, constant innovation, and passionate people?  How about a “startup” culture with the resources of a 25+ year-old, one billion-dollar Company?

Cree is a fast growing semiconductor company that is driving the LED lighting revolution.  We are a market leading innovator of LED chips, components, modules, and fixtures as well as transistors for wireless and power applications.  We do not accept the status quo.  We innovate and pioneer.  We invent barrier-breaking technology with no compromises. 

Cree brings the most groundbreaking products to market and sets the industry standards through our commitment to innovation.  If you like being first to market with the highest quality products, keep reading…

We currently have an opening for a Commodity Manager within our Materials group. 

We currently have an opening for a Supplier Relations  in our Lighting Manufacturing group.  This position can be located in Racine, WI or Raleigh/Durham, NC. 


If you are someone looking for a high visibility position with a growing company, loves a fast-pace environment and enjoys solving highly complex technical problems, then we encourage you to read through the next two sections which describe the type of experience and education we’re looking for in this position.

The primary focus of this position will be to provide support for planning, sourcing and procurement initiatives for mechanical components from cradle to grave. The candidate will develop risk mitigation/sourcing strategies and complex agreements in a dynamic supply chain environment. The candidate may be working with project team members in other geographic locations and needs to be able to understand and react to the needs of all internal customers and compensate for disparity with increased communication. The candidate will work closely with teams that consist of Project Managers, Engineering Teams, Planning Teams, R&D Teams, Peer Procurement Professionals, and other internal organizations (legal, audit, finance, etc).


  • Exhibit strong strategic thinking capability with a high level of negotiation skills
  • Technical knowledge of mechanical components
  • Must be highly motivated and results focused
  • Execute in a fast paced environment and have full knowledge of risks associated with the decision making of purchasing strategies and negotiations
  • Develop and manage all applicable activities associated with sourcing, procurement, delivery and cost analysis of mechanical components
  • Support all procurement activities in support of engineering and consigned goods for contract manufacturing
  • Collaborate with internal customers to coordinate NPI activities and qualification processes
  • Develop and conduct competitive bid processes in order to achieve best cost strategies at the new introductory stage on all new products
  • Routinely competitive bid sustaining components and follow up on potential cost savings strategies for sustaining production
  • Analyze, initiate, plan, and execute all Materials related actions in order to achieve CREE Promise Delivery Dates to Customers
  • Analyze assigned component and raw materials in support of Finished Goods demand.  Initiate Requisitions, Change Orders, and any other applicable actions to support Engineering (NPI) and Contract Manufacturing (Production) production plans and/or inventory objectives
  • Work with Logistics on the import/export of goods between our global suppliers and the US
  • Quickly and proactively resolve and/or escalate issues as they apply to areas of responsibility.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities, with strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Travel as required to perform functions listed above.

 Minimum Requirements:

  • 5-7 years experience in materials with direct experience in New Product Introduction (NPI), R&D, and /or engineering support environment.
  • Demonstrated track record of leading sourcing initiatives and consistently delivering TCO reductions.
  • Proven experience in the preparation and management of complex Bills of Materials.
  • Experience working in team environment toward common goals.
  • Self motivated individual with sense of urgency, requiring little direction.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience in Import/Export Procedures/Policies
  • Must be able to occasionally work flexible hours
  • Must be able to occasionally travel globally

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities, with strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Knowledge of materials planning including forecasting and MRP.
  • Strong problem solving skills, issue resolution and change management in dealing with suppliers.
  • In depth knowledge of a global supply base.
  • Proven credibility as a sourcing and supply professional with contract management skills.
  • Initiates and acts on continuous improvement opportunities.

In return for your expertise, Cree offers a challenging work environment, along with a competitive compensation package. We offer a combination of group health and welfare plans and options to our employees to meet their personal needs. In addition, we offer a 401k Plan, Quarterly Incentive Cash Compensation Plan, Life Assurance, Educational Assistance, Flexible Spending Accounts, and an On-Site Fitness Center, just to name a few.

Visit our website and apply online today!  If we think you have what we’re looking for, a member of our Recruiting Team will contact you directly.