Posts Tagged ‘Apple Sapphire Plant’

by Matt Margolis

GT Advanced Technologies posted a SAP Functional Lead position on April 10th, 2014 to support its Mesa, AZ sapphire operations.  This position is heavy into SAP (financial system) with experience in materials, production planning, sales and distribution, financial transactions and monitoring operations.  This position also requires “experience with a company experiencing rapid growth”.

The key takeaway here is GT is preparing for a significant pickup in the shipment of sapphire materials and this role is critical to managing a financial transaction that begins with the flow of materials, finished goods, sales, billing and cash receipts.   Additionally, GT is expecting to experience rapid growth of its sapphire operations in AZ, which is a signal that Apple has big plans for GT and sapphire for the foreseeable future.

SAP Materials ManagementSAP MM module as the term suggests manages materials required, processed and produced in enterprises. Different types of procurement processes are managed with this system. Some of the popular sub-components in SAP MM module are vendor master data, consumption based planning, purchasing, inventory management, invoice verification and so on.

SAP Production PlanningSAP PP module is another important module that includes software designed specifically for production planning and management. This module also consists of master data, system configuration and transactions in order to accomplish plan procedure for production. SAP PP module collaborate with master data, sales and operations planning, distribution resource planning, material requirements planning, Kanban, product cost planning and so on while working towards production management in enterprises.

SAP Sales and DistributionSAP SD modules deal in managing all transactions ranging from inquiries, proposals, quotations and pricing and more. The sales and distribution module helps greatly in inventory control and management. SAP SD module consists of master data, system configuration and transactions.  Some of the sub-components of SAP SD module are: master data, sales support, sales, shipping and transportation, billing, credit management, sales information system and so on.

SAP Financial Accounting – SAP FI module deals in managing financial transactions within enterprises. This financial accounting module helps employees to manage data involved in any financial and business transactions in a unified system. This module functions very well for reporting requirements. The SAP FI module is very flexible and is functions well in any type of economic situation. Be it a smaller organization or a larger organization, SAP implementation helps in consolidating data for diverse business transactions and legal requirements. Financial Accounting module helps one to get real-time financial position of an enterprise in the market.

SAP ControllingSAP CO module is another important SAP modules offered to enterprises. The controlling module supports in the process works of planning, reporting and monitoring operations of businesses. It involves methods to view and organize costs that are required for financial reporting. Controlling module enables one to plan, track, perform and report about costs. Controlling includes managing and configuring master data that covers cost elements, cost centers, profit centers, internal orders, and functional area and so on.

SAP Quality Management – SAP QM module helps in management of quality in productions across processes in an organization. This quality management module helps an organization to accelerate their business by adopting a structured and functional way of managing quality in different processes. SAP QM module collaborates in procurement and sales, production, planning, inspection, notification, control, audit management and so on.

Position Summary

GT Advanced Technologies is seeking an experienced and highly motivated SAP Functional Lead with experience with Materials Management to work in the Information Group as a systems support and integrator for an SAP ECC 6.0 installation in our manufacturing operations.  The primary responsibility will to provide SAP Functional Support across the entire areas of our SAP installation with a focus on MM and PP but also SD and FI/CO to a lesser extent. This individual will work as a local liaison to a remote Information Technology team and third party implementation and functional support partner to facilitate the development and management of systems with respect to the SAP ERP/MRP environment.

Required Experience

  • Minimum of 5 years of progressive experience implementing and support SAP Materials Management module, including supply agreements, procurement, inventory management, and receiving in a complex manufacturing environment.  Experience with SAP Fi/Co, PP, QM and SD modules desirable. Experience interfacing SAP with a SAP MES system a plus.
  • Experience working with a Company experiencing rapid growth.
  • High level of integrity and dependability with a strong sense of urgency and results orientation.
  • Strong verbal and written communication, facilitation, and interpersonal skills.
  • Public Company and Sarbanes Oxley experience required.
  • Requires a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or Business Administration
  • Travel 10% of the time, more as needed

Also, if you haven’t seen a GT job posting it is important to read GT’s core mission statements.  GT is driven by,  “elevating advanced materials and equipment performance to increase capacity, quality and throughput by lowering operating costs”  Additionally, “we have a successful track record of commercializing crystallization growth systems on a global scale to accelerate the ramp of our customers plants to volume production and have decades of experience as an advanced materials provider”.  It is clear that lowering costs, increasing throughput, accelerating plants to volume production and providing material is what GT is good at.



Our expertise is in crystalline growth technology, process engineering and manufacturing operations. Our world-class team of scientists and engineers has deep-domain experience in elevating advanced materials and equipment performance to increase capacity, quality and throughput while lowering operating costs. We have a successful track record of commercializing crystallization growth systems on a global scale to accelerate the ramp of our customers’ plants to volume production and have decades of experience as an advanced materials supplier.


From purchase to product lifecycle support, our operational excellence and service sophistication is unmatched. This means we can respond quickly and efficiently to customers so they can meet their business requirements with confidence and support them as their businesses grow.


Full Disclosure: I am long GTAT and have no plans to buy or sell any holdings

As promised here are the latest pictures that were taken April 28th and April 29th of the Apple/GT Advanced sapphire plant located in Mesa, AZ.  The official name of the sapphire operation is “Project Cascade”.  The outside of the building including the crucial power supply to the building including the cooling system looks complete.


Steam Above Cooling System 6:30 AM on 4/28

first signs of steam


Employee Entrance “GT Advanced Technologies”

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Solar Arrays outside of Parking Lot

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Employee Parking lot 7:00 AM and 10:30AM local time (looks crowded)

Parking lot 7am  parking lot 1030

Parking lot 7am 2

Electrical Substation

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Cooling System on Back End of Electrical Substation

Cooling System Connection to Building cooling system 4 cooling system3 cooling system1 cooling system2


Full Disclosure I am long GTAT and have no plans to buy or sell any holdings