Vendor Manager 3(12299)

Location: Burnaby, BC, Canada
Date Posted: 05-09-2018
The TELUS Procurement team is on a mission to ensure we spend our money smartly! Within TELUS we spend significant amounts on goods and services from stationary to strategic outsourcing. 

Through understanding business needs and building strong partnerships with our stakeholders and suppliers, we are helping those who spend money on behalf of TELUS get the best value, achieve the best results, and bring the best innovation from third parties. 

Within our talented Business Products and Service Category team we are responsible for optimizing TELUS spend in Hardware, Software and Services that TELUS purchases for its business customers’ use..... which means the work we do every day has a huge tangible impact for our stakeholders and customers. 

If you’re a trailblazer who can forge strong relationships while championing innovation and sustainability, you will have the opportunity to work alongside the best minds in the industry to support our journey to becoming best in class. 

Here’s the impact you’ll make and what we’ll accomplish together! 

As a Vendor (Category) Manager within the Business Products and Services category team, you will have accountability for the strategic procurement of Hardware, Software and Services which TELUS resales to its business customers. 

You will be responsible for a defined scope of vendors, and drive development and execution of a robust category strategy based on sound internal and external intelligence. 

We are on a transformational journey within the function, and your challenge is to drive optimal value for this spend portfolio, whilst ensuring our stakeholders are fully supported via our category specialists, Procurement service desk, or self-serving using a robust set of tools and guidance. 

You will use your market knowledge and Procurement expertise to develop and deploy world-class approaches to spend management while utilizing e-procurement tools to deliver optimal value. You will also be responsible for analyzing, negotiating, drafting, administering and managing commercial contracts associated with Hardware, Software (including Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Service suppliers. 

Here’s how... 

• Partnering with stakeholders across the organisation as a subject matter expert and trusted advisor 
• Driving best in class strategic sourcing related to category expertise, that will underpin TELUS' continued profitable growth, whilst offering an unsurpassed client experience 
• Influencing key strategic decisions through impactful thought leadership and consultative approach 
• Leveraging expert skills in data analytics, market research, sourcing, relationship and contract management 
• Leading major contract negotiations, strategic sourcing activities, cross functional projects, risk and relationship management, and savings initiatives 

You're the missing piece of the puzzle... 

• A 'can-do' attitude and innate belief in the art of the possible 
• Ability to maintain perspective and confidence in face of difficult contract negotiations, tight deadlines and client expectations 
• Proven track record of execution and delivery in complex environments 
• Ability to build and maintain effective partnerships internally and externally 
• Strong business and financial acumen - including proven experience in structuring deals and drafting legal agreements 
• Passion for using facts and data, translating analytics and intelligence into effective business decisions in the best interests of the organisation 
• Demonstrated ability to enable and drive change, think flexibly 
• Bachelor degree required 
• Experience in strategic sourcing roles or related areas for 5 or more years (ie. vendor management, vendor relationship management, strategic sourcing, contract negotiations – either with customers and suppliers) , preferably with vendor experience in agreements associated with IT goods and/or services, Hardware, hosted services or SaaS, and Software licencing. 
• Solid understanding of negotiation theory, strategies, and practice 
• Competency with Microsoft office suite of tools 


• Experience with e-Sourcing tools and SAP at an advanced level 
• Master of Business Administration (MBA) or Certified Supply Chain Management Professional (CSCMP) designation or equivalent international designations from Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) or Institute for Supply Management (ISM) 
• Experience in the telecommunications industry or engineering capacity 

Who is TELUS? 

We're a high-performing team of individuals who collectively make TELUS one of the leading telecommunications companies in Canada. Our competitive consumer offerings include wireline, wireless, internet and Optik TV™. We also deliver a compelling range of products and services for small, medium and large businesses; and have carved out a leadership position in the health, energy, finance and public sector markets with innovative industry specific solutions. 

Everyone belongs at TELUS. It doesn’t matter who you are, what you do or how you do it, at TELUS, your unique contribution and talents will be valued and respected. Because the more diverse perspectives we have the more likely we are to crack the code on what our customers want and our communities need.
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