Strategic Vendor Relationship Assistant Director
Northwestern Mutual - Milwaukee, WI

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BASIC FUNCTION: Serves as a trusted advisor to senior leadership in business units and other key stakeholders to develop and manage strategic business plans for critical/high risk and strategic vendor relationships across the enterprise. Provides thought leadership and guidance to business units in the area of strategic sourcing, procurement services and vendor management. Negotiates multi-million dollar agreements with strategic and key vendors. Oversees management of enterprise and shared vendor management programs. Drives organizational change to move enterprise to a centralized vendor management methodology. Leverages strategic vendor relationships to implement improvement opportunities and innovation across multiple business units and functions. Creates and implements strategy for the selection and negotiation of vendors for the corporate project portfolio initiatives within the Strategy Alignment and Execution process.

QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s Degree with an emphasis in Business, Information Technology, Legal or related field preferred or an equivalent combination of education and work experience. Minimum of 8 to 10 years of leadership in financial services industry with sourcing, lead negotiation and relationship management experience with strategic vendors, preferably with vendors supporting institutional investments and investment operations. Demonstrated ability to sell a vision and persuade diverse audiences and influence outcomes. Experience in designing approaches for senior leadership that respond to their needs. Ability to apply knowledge across complex business areas and manage in a cross functional environment. Demonstrated ability to make and execute decisions collaboratively. Ability to establish and maintain cross-functional relationships, influence change with diplomacy, and lead the decision making processes among senior leadership. Demonstrated experience with financial analysis and modeling. Excellent research, analytical, problem solving, planning and organization skills required as well as a high degree of personal initiative and motivation.

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