Vendor Relationship Manager

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Vendor Relationship Manager

General Characteristics
Develops and implements the strategic sourcing and vendor relationship strategies. Manages the selection, acquisition and monitoring of contractual agreements for hardware, software and IT services for the enterprise. Works closely with the business and IT to understand their needs and serves as the IT point of contact for all purchases, deliveries and problems with products and services. Articulates and negotiates service level agreements. Works with Asset Management to ensure appropriate use of corporate funds. Develops, or assists in the development of Request for Information (RFIs), Request for Proposal (RFPs) and business cases.

Qualifies vendors and maintains an approved vendor database and tracking system. Establishes standards and procedures for evaluating products and services. Serves as the primary interface between the service provider and the business. Maintains contact with vendors to manage the status and quality of orders and the progress toward contractual commitments. Provides status updates on purchases, escalates delivery problems as necessary to affect minimal impact to the operation. Follows up with IT management to ensure satisfaction with delivered products and services and addresses any problems or concerns.

Participates in the budget process, such as annual budget planning, providing cash flow for other departments, quarterly reconciliation and ad hoc expense reports. Continually seeks optimal value in service from vendors, reviewing and monitoring performance and return-on-investment metrics and initiating contract modifications. Pursues new vendor relationships as needed. Must have a basic under-standing of all product and service needs, and must maintain knowledge of changing technologies.

Education:
Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Finance, Accounting, or other related field. Or equivalent work experience.

Experience:
A minimum of 7 years of experience including managing team(s) responsible for vendor relationship management, contract negotiation, contract administration, project or asset management in a technology environment.

Breadth:
Middle level management. Works under general direction of senior level management. Typically manages and mentors supervisors, project leads and/or technical staff. Develops strategic outsourcing strategy and plans, provides management direction to the team(s). Supports multiple contracts or complex enterprise agreements. Works on projects that range in size, complexity and contract duration. Frequently reports to a Chief Technology Officer, IT Chief Operating Officer, Chief Information Officer, Chief Financial Officer or Chief Sourcing Officer.’

Work Remotely: No
Full Time – Contract

Job Location: Tallahassee
Pay Range: Pay: $20.00 - $40.00 per hour

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