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Indirect Buyer & Sourcing Specialist

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Company Overview

Calling the adventurers ready to join a company that's pushing the limits of nanotechnology to keep the digital revolution rolling. At KLA, we're making technology advancements that are bigger—and tinier—than the world has ever seen.

Who are we?  We research, develop, and manufacture the world's most advanced inspection and measurement equipment for the semiconductor and nanoelectronics industries. We enable the digital age by pushing the boundaries of technology, creating tools capable of finding defects smaller than a wavelength of visible light. We create smarter processes so that technology leaders can manufacture high-performance chips—the kind in that phone in your pocket, the tablet on your desk and nearly every electronic device you own—faster and better. We're passionate about creating solutions that drive progress and help people do what wouldn't be possible without us.  The future is calling. Will you answer?


KLA has manufacturing sites across the globe, including Belgium, China, Germany, Israel, Singapore and Milpitas (CA).  The Global Operations (GOPS) team, comprised of Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management, Procurement, Manufacturing Engineering, Installation, and Quality, is responsible for manufacturing our leading-edge technology.  We partner with our world-wide supply base and our design engineering teams to bring new products to market.  The GOPS team is continuously working to build our products Better, Faster, Cheaper.


The role is within the KLA Indirect Procurement Team

  • Lead all aspects of the Profit Optimization Program, a competitive bidding and sourcing program, acting as procurement support for internal clients to help achieve value and savings across the organization
  • Develop and issue RF(x)s, analyzes proposals, negotiate price/delivery, lead team through a concise, objective, decision making process
  • Source, buy and fulfill purchases across all indirect procurement categories
  • Drive Profit Optimization Program goals and manage projects to achieve growth within the US and globally
  • Provide assistance and training to internal customers regarding program policy, process, procedures
  • Work closely with key stakeholders to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the program
  • Provide assistance and training to internal customers regarding indirect procurement goods and services purchasing and payment channels
  • Understand the vendor master management, requisitioning and purchasing system and instruct others on how to efficiently use them
  • Help drive procurement best practices across KLA
  • Additional responsibility may include other procurement activities, project management of specific programs, cost analysis, recommendation of cost reduction proposals and improvements to our procurement process, supplier management programs, and even procurement related system initiatives


  • Five plus years of experience in a procurement environment, especially indirect procurement. Specific semiconductor industry or capital equipment industry experience is a plus
  • Indirect procurement purchasing, sourcing and contract negotiation capability across a broad array of indirect categories including travel, events, consulting, professional services, staff augmentations, labor services, training, facilities, marketing, supplies
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Must have excellent written and oral communications skills and be comfortable coordinating tasks across multiple functions and global locations
  • Must be able to quickly learn and improve new applications and processes
  • Ability to create and apply company policies and procedures to resolve routine issues
  • Creative thinker, with a desire and ability to look for better ways to approach issues and situations
  • Positive, can-do attitude
  • Strong team orientation, with a strong sense of commitment to team members and clients and the ability to work with cross-functional teams
  • Strong data analysis, management, presentation and reporting skills
  • Excellent Microsoft Office application skills, especially excel
  • Experience with SAP or other ERP purchasing experience

Minimum Qualifications

  • At least 3 years of related work experience
  • BA/BS required with a strong academic record
  • Excellent understanding of procurement processes, concepts and best practices
  • Understanding of strategic sourcing, category management, contract management and supplier management
  • Excellent customer service, written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to effectively present information to executive management, internal clients and suppliers
  • Microsoft Office applications proficiency
  • Understanding of procurement technology platforms
  • SAP or similar system experience

Equal Employment Opportunity

KLA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants will be considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristics protected by applicable law.