24 days old

Senior Manager Buffer Guardrails and Signal Handoff

Cisco Systems Inc.
San Jose, CA 95113

What You'll Do

Lead the Guardrails and Signal Handoff teams within Global Planning that are responsible for:

  • Buffer guardrail creation and alignment with inventory and

Inventory driven cost guardrails

  • Delivering buffer Guardrail levels and owning the Quarterly Commitments and Plan Alignment to those levels.
  • Identifying the impact of changes in the demand plan via the signal handoff process. Track plan achievement; and coordinate adjustments
  • Provide Cisco level demand handoff including long range planning interlock on high impact volume changes
  • Identification of and Partner alignment on demand driven impact to Shortage Tickets, RISO, Aging Inventory, and E&O
  • Crafting a transformation roadmap within the team that drives process automation and enables an expansion of the teams scope of control


  • Provide oversight and guidance on the quality and consistency of the buffer inventory planning model as well as the demand signal handoff to downstream partners in the Supplier Management and Manufacturing environment.
  • Drive automation by leading cross functional initiatives and process improvements
  • Innovate new ideas and methods that improve efficiency and drive transformation
  • Participate and support cross functional Projects in driving an End to End Supply Chain/ One Operations solutions.

Who You'll Work With

  • You will work across business partner groups with the Supply Chain Operations group, as well as solution managers and product owners to define the transformation roadmap and goals for your team.

Who You Are

  • Bachelors degree or Equivalent
  • Masters degree in business management is a plus.
  • 10+ years of relevant work experience in Supply Chain Operations (Cisco or Industry) or related field such as end-to-end planning processes, inventory management, product life-cycle management, sourcing, supply chain financials, and / or supply chain modeling experience.
  • Strong analytical skills to assess, frame and drive data centric decisions. Recognizes underlying themes and patterns and reduces complex data to a few key conclusions that can easily be understood by others.
  • Subject matter authority on tradeoff decisions that need to be made in order to balance expected forecast error with an overall inventory strategy and communicate implied aged and excess inventory consequences of that strategy.
  • Deep experience in leading cross-functional teams to achieve results by identifying and aligning to shared goals, priorities and commitments. Able to hold peers, partners and accountable to commitments.
  • Understands Ciscos business strategy and macro business environment. Able to align internal processes with corporate objectives. Can effectively represent that understanding in meaningful ways to others.
  • Provides thought leadership. Sees connections between supply chain actions and strategic business outcomes. Anticipates future threats and opportunities for our business, and makes decisions based on global business conditions and strategies.
  • Basic knowledge of how business is transacted through Ciscos systems and overall IT architecture. Understands and align business needs to the IT architecture and ensure they support effective execution of the business.
  • Capable of leading conversations to influence and drive better decisions with multiple partners, often at the Director and VP levels.
  • 3 years of people management experience preferred. This position manages a team of professional-level employees responsible for the overall buffer inventory strategy development and consensus, as well as downstream impacts of our demand signal to component and manufacturing teams. Ensures processes, systems and people operate in concert with each other and the necessary training, support and metrics are in place to measure and self-correct performance. Translates business and process improvement strategies into operational objectives and plans for the group, including resourcing, budgets and dedication plans. Provides coaching and mentorship on job performance and career development to direct reports. Models and provides leadership examples for organization. Drives to a global, diverse and open environment.

Why Cisco


#WeAreCisco, where each person is unique, but we bring our talents to work as a team and make a difference. Heres how we do it.

We embrace digital, and help our customers implement change in their digital businesses. Some may think were old (30 years strong!) and only about hardware, but were also a software company. And a security company. A blockchain company. An AI/Machine Learning company. We even invented an intuitive network that adapts, predicts, learns and protects. No other company can do what we do you cant put us in a box!

But Digital Transformation is an empty buzz phrase without a culture that allows for innovation, creativity, and yes, even failure (if you learn from it.)

Day to day, we focus on the give and take. We give our best, we give our egos a break and we give of ourselves (because giving back is built into our DNA.) We take accountability, we take bold steps, and we take difference to heart. Because without diversity of thought and a dedication to equality for all, there is no moving forward.

So, you have colorful hair? Dont care. Tattoos? Show off your ink. Like polka dots? Thats cool.



Posted: 2020-09-30 Expires: 2020-11-22

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