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Operations Inventory Analyst

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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?


The Global Service Support Organization (GSS) team headquartered in Milpitas, CA is our service organization that consists of Service Sales and Marketing, Spares Supply Chain management, Field Operations, Engineering, Product Training, and Technical Support.  The GSS organization partners with our field teams and customers in all business sectors to maintain the high performance and productivity of our products through a flexible portfolio of services. Our comprehensive services include: proactive management of tools to identify and improve performance; expertise in optics, image processing and motion control with worldwide service engineers, 24/7 technical support teams and knowledge management systems; and an extensive parts network to ensure worldwide availability of parts.


KLA seeks a creative and driven professional for the role of Inventory Analyst to perform analysis of inventory and cost data and lead in building recommendations and plans for business actions, in support of the Spares and Service Supply Chain Organization strategic goals.

  • Responsible for spares inventory and spares ops cost reporting and forecasting, including inventory health and business level forecasts. 
  • Conducts 'What If' Inventory scenario analysis for the Spares and Service Supply Chain business in collaboration with supply planning, demand planning, finance, internal procurement functional teams, commodity teams, and appropriate engineering and product support teams. 
  • Forecasts future inventory levels and cost impacts of spares planning/stock targets decisions, product transitions and end of manufacturing strategies.
  • Works closely with E&ND analyst to generates scenario analysis, including reserves impacts and recommendations. 
  • Support analysis of various business processes to improve management insight to business operations and cost drivers.  
  • Manage cost reduction projects against targets, by identifying cost reduction opportunities, setting up objectives, and partnering with relevant stakeholders
  • Addresses other business level projects as needed using strong analytical skills and ability to create actionable plans from large amounts of data. 
  • Responsible for identifying needed IT improvements; defining enhancements project and driving them to completion. Interface with IT to drive improvements in services. 
  • Designs and implements needed reporting, in global cross-functional partnerships with demand planning, supply planning, service mkt & sales, finance, product support, manufacturing ops, purchasing organizations, etc.


  • 5 years in supply chain operations driving service or supply chain improvements in a complex manufacturing environment
  • BS/BA or Masters’ Degree preferably in field such as Business, Management, Finance, Supply Chain Management, Industrial Engineering, Logistics, Supply Chain Engineering, or related fields.
  • High level analytical skillset. Can 'mine' various data sources to create a 'picture' of the current and future inventory position
  • Expert level at Microsoft suite of tools
  • SAP user with ability to design and run reports. 
  • Strong data visualization capabilities
  • Experience with access database and pivot tool analytics
  • Working knowledge of the supply chain, master schedule and demand/supply planning, finance, spares operations, manufacturing policies and processes as they relate to inventory, purchasing, materials and/or production planning, is desirable.
  • Collaborative style, able to work across functions and global organizations to achieve results. 
  • Strong project management skills. 
  • Strong data and analytical skills focused on creating predictive systems and processes to improve business performance
  • Experience with Tableau, Power BI or other business intelligence/analytical tools/services is a plus
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) / PRINCE2 certification is a plus
  • Excellent communication/presentation, organizational, leadership, and interpersonal skills
  • Must have the proven ability to effectively deal with ambiguity, identify gaps, and implement innovative solutions to increase operational efficiency
  • Uses professional concepts and company objectives to resolve complex issues in creative and effective ways
  • Exercises judgment within broadly defined practices and policies in selecting methods, techniques, and evaluation criterion for obtaining results
  • Candidate must be self-driven, independent, yet a strong team player.
  • Creative, innovative and resourceful with a passion for speed, agility, simplification and proactive action

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Level Degree with 3 years experience; BA/BA in such fields as Business, Management, Finance, Supply Chain Management, Industrial Engineering, Logistics, Supply Chain Engineering, or related fields.
  • Advanced Excel capabilities (pivot tables, chart creation, and presentation of data)
  • Proven analytical skills.
  • Good communication and presentation skills
  • Be process-oriented and results-driven, and focused on continuous improvements
  • Candidate must be self-driven, independent, yet a strong team player.
  • Creative, innovative and resourceful with a passion for speed, agility, simplification and proactive action

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.

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