Hi Sally! Thanks for the question. As a Commodity Manager, I'm mainly responsible for negotiating contracts (i.e. NDA, SOW, MSA), managing capital equipment projects and building relationships with key suppliers. Since the time that I've started, there are two main skills I've acquired that I can think of at this moment - persistence and negotiation.
When it comes down to resolving issues, I've definitely learned to be more persistent by looking into the issue and making sure NOT to move these type of tasks to the side. If I get stuck on what to do, I normally go to the appropriate department at my company to discuss the issue, identify several options/alternatives to resolve the problem and escalate the issue to management when necessary.
Negotiation has got to be another skill that I've learned over the past 3 years while working at Seagate. I still have a lot to learn when it comes to negotiating, but for the most part, I've learned that it is extremely critical to not be afraid to ask as many questions as possible (whether it be simple or technical) and to always be patient when there are any disagreements.
This is a great answer Jason! Tough skills to learn too.