NPI Materials Project Manager

Applied Materials

Austin, TX

NPI Materials Project Manager

Applied Materials’ Global Supply Chain, has a career growing opportunity for an experienced Materials Project Manager to lead design and commercialization of Supply Chains for New Products. The NPI MPM Manager will be working on products for one of Applied’ s Common Solution groups which is an integral part of Applied Materials Business. They will collaborate with cross functional teams and lead initiatives to enable diverse aspects of Supply chains for New Products and manage the PLC Programs. The individual will be responsible to achieve material cost targets, eliminate supply chain single points of failure, and dual source for supply continuity reasons, while staying within the guidelines of Applied’s commodity strategies and protecting Applied’s IP.

Please note: this role is based at our Austin office and requires that you be in the office Mon-Fri. (This is not a hybrid or remote role.)

● Requires specialized depth and/or breadth of expertise. Interprets internal or external business issues and recommends best practices. Solves complex problems; takes a broad perspective to identify innovative solutions. Works independently, with guidance in only the most complex situations. May lead functional teams or projects

● Forecast and communicate engineering, materials, and manufacturing requirements to suppliers. Provide input to outsourcing decisions by performing make versus buy analysis.

● Lead Materials Core Team and coordinate product development process deliverables through matrix management of buyers, planners, and production control. Collaborate with engineering team to interpret engineering requirements

● With limited/ no supervision, create, release and maintain new project materials strategy. Sourcing: Perform supplier price and delivery negotiations; under direct supervision may negotiate contracts as necessary. Utilize the preferred supplier selection and assessment process when selecting suppliers. Complete supplier risk assessment on critical and unique parts. Monitor supplier performance (delivery, quality, and cost). Materials: Coordinate activities around source selection, specification creation and price negotiation with appropriate team members.

● Meet cost objectives and resolves quality issues. Generate and publish Key Process Indicators. Track total landed cost targets.

● Work with engineering to identify preliminary critical parts, long-lead parts and inspection requirements. Assist and/ or lead in developing supplier and commodity road maps to engineering. Utilize value analysis on build-to-print components in support of Should Cost analysis.

● Actively mediate and partner with quality and engineering teams to resolve supplier quality issues for assigned product groups. Escalate issues to Commodity Business Managers when necessary.

● Use standard tools, dashboards and BKMs to assess supplier capability, including regional capabilities, overall capacity, ability to support rapid prototyping (NPI), ability to support volume manufacturing, and vertical integration (e.g. parts, cleaning, assembly capabilities) to aid in making sustainable sourcing decisions

● Identify make vs. buy opportunities and drive alignment/decision with key stakeholders Ensure that product lifecycle programs (PLC) are meeting material cost targets and Gross Margin targets; provide input to Cost Apportionment Models.

● Negotiate commercial and exclusivity agreements at a part level

● Analyze BOM cost to identify cost reduction opportunities through design, content reduction/should cost and commercial means; track and ensure timeline implementation of such opportunities

● Facilitate early engagement between supplier and AMAT DFx team to drive manufacturability, repeatability cost and lead time improvements.

● Establish new-part lead times, understand long-lead drivers and develop lead time mitigation strategies.

● Understand critical parts manufacturing cycle times; evaluate and drive natural lead time reduction activity (touch time vs. manufacturing lead times).

● Work with supplier to identify their ability to expand capacity to support volume manufacturing.

● Develop and leverage process maps for critical parts to streamline the supply chain and understand and mitigate capacity constraints.

● Drive dual sourcing activities to mitigate supply risk. Serve as a cross-functional link; maintain open communication among matrixed stakeholders.

● Influence others across a matrix of functions throughout the program/project. Present sourcing, cost, lead time reduction, capacity initiatives to key stakeholders, management, and internal customers.

Functional Knowledge

● Demonstrates depth and/or breadth of expertise in own specialized discipline or field

Business Expertise

●Interprets internal/external business challenges and recommends best practices to improve products, processes or services


●May lead functional teams or projects with moderate resource requirements, risk, and/or complexity.

Problem Solving

●Leads others to solve complex problems; uses sophisticated analytical thought to exercise judgment and identify innovative solutions


●Impacts the achievement of customer, operational, project or service objectives; work is guided by functional policies

● Communicates difficult concepts and negotiates with others to adopt a different point of view

● Must have supply chain experience, Master’s degree preferred.


●Bachelor/master’s degree in supply chain management, Engineering, or a related field.

●5+years of experience in NPI Sourcing project management role within a manufacturing or technology-driven industry

●Strong knowledge of material planning, procurement, and inventory management principles

●Proficiency in using ERP systems and relevant software tools (e.g., SAP, Oracle, Excel)

●Excellent analytical, negotiation, and problem-solving skills.

●Ability to collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams, suppliers, and stakeholders.

●Strong communication and presentation skills.

●Proven ability to drive continuous improvement and achieve cost reduction goals.

●Experience in supplier relationship management and supplier performance evaluation.




    Bachelor's Degree




    Years of Experience:

    7 - 10 Years

    Work Experience:

    Additional Information

    Time Type:

    Full time

    Employee Type:

    Assignee / Regular


    Yes, 10% of the Time

    Relocation Eligible:


    U.S. Salary Range:

    $108,000.00 - $148,500.00

    The salary offered to a selected candidate will be based on multiple factors including location, hire grade, job-related knowledge, skills, experience, and with consideration of internal equity of our current team members. In addition to a comprehensive benefits package, candidates may be eligible for other forms of compensation such as participation in a bonus and a stock award program, as applicable.

    For all sales roles, the posted salary range is the Target Total Cash (TTC) range for the role, which is the sum of base salary and target bonus amount at 100% goal achievement.

    Applied Materials is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, veteran or military status, or any other basis prohibited by law.