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Electronic OEM commodity management, and contradictions

A reader emails us, asking ‘what defines the OEM commodity manager role?’ and submitted the following activities and responsibilities below seeking to confirm understanding:

  • Stakeholder in decision if an EMS provider would be capable to maintain supply.
  • Helps with risk guidance. (Can this potential EMS partner produce as planned?)
  • Are, or could be, the direct contact to program management on the EMS side (think: OEM sentry)
  • It is a position when companies grow and the buyer/sourcing person is promoted one step above, but not quite procurement director level.
  • Or has N years experience in a specific end market or program type with the related materials issues.

And added, “What I find misleading is the word ‘commodity’ it means common materials which are low-cost and highly available. Funny industry.”

Funny indeed.


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