Vendor Manager 3 / Responsable des fournisseurs 3 (12216)

Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date Posted: 10-08-2018

The Vendor Manager has accountability for developing sourcing strategies and the strategic procurement of software licenses and SaaS, staffing and consulting services, and agency partnerships. In addition, the Vendor Manager is responsible for managing supplier relationships, including driving value for money and ongoing supplier performance, as well as coordinating efforts between internal stakeholders and the supplier account teams to meet procurement objectives. 

What you’ll be responsible for: 
Using market knowledge to develop and deploy world-class approaches to spend management while utilizing procurement tools, processes, and effective negotiation to deliver cost reduction 
Negotiating, drafting, administering and managing commercial contracts associated with hardware, software and SaaS suppliers 
Be accountable for a portfolio of assigned vendors with a primary expectation to: deliver on vendor negotiations driving value for money; execute sourcing strategies; spend category intelligence and analytics; contract negotiation, drafting and administration; and perform ongoing vendor performance monitoring and evaluation. 

What you’ll need to be successful: 
Solid understanding of negotiation theory, strategies and practices 
Rooted knowledge and experience relating to IT software and professional services 
Good understanding of strategic sourcing concepts and best practices, related to the procurement of IT products and services. 
Knowledge of financial principles and Sarbanes-Oxley requirements an asset 
Strong Strategic Vendor Management subject-matter expertise in at least one of the following areas: 
Software licensing agreements 
Hosted Services or SaaS agreements 
Consulting agreements 

Required Skills & Abilities: 
High degree of business ethics and accountability 
Strong business and financial acumen - including proven experience in structuring deals, drafting legal agreements, risk mitigation and skilled negotiations 
Ability to maintain perspective and confidence in face of difficult contract negotiations, tight deadlines and client expectations 
Ability to engage effectively with different levels of management in client and Vendor organizations to lead the management of client' relationships with key strategic level vendors 
Excellent problem solving, and planning skills 
Spirited team player with the ability to work as a positive role model and catalyst for change 
Ability to foster and motivate cross functional team engagement when leading and negotiating transactions 
Competency with Microsoft Office or Google G Suite, e-contract management, and e-Sourcing tools an asset. 
Bachelor degree in Business/Commerce, MBA, LLB, Engineering, or Supply Chain management preferred (equivalencies in experience considered) 
Professional designation in Supply Chain Management or equivalent preferred (PMAC SCMP / CPP, ISM) or equivalent) an asset 

Required Experience: 
Minimum 5+ years’ experience in a related role (e.g. vendor manager, vendor relationship manager, strategic sourcing and supply chain professional, supply chain management professional) 
Experience structuring, writing, and editing legal contracts with large complex organizationsf 
Experience in management of long-term vendor relationships including providing feedback on performance metrics and deliverables over time is required 
Commodity management, logistics and supply chain management including procurement and extensive experience in competitive bidding processes including leading RFX processes end to end in highly organized, collaborative and successful fashion. 
5 to 7 years proven experience structuring deals and leading product or service contract negotiations 
Experience in the high tech / digital industry 

Must to have skills:
 Knowledge and experience with contract procurement and facilitating contract negotiations
 Strong relationship management and negotiation skills
 Knowledge of sourcing practices within tech industry (SAAS licensing agreements etc.)

Nice to have skills:
 Digital experience
 Experience in start-up like environments
 Experience implementing and refining processes
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