Manager, Vendor Relations VMO
ACT - Iowa City, IA

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The Manager, Vendor Relations is responsible for managing the relationship cycle with ACT stakeholders and technical vendors. This position requires effective communication skills to serve as a liaison between internal cross-functional areas, ACT Legal resources and technical vendors. The Manager, Vendor Relations will be required to develop, review, and manage the following IT-related documents: Contracts, License documentation and Agreements; RFPs, RFIs and RFQs; Proposals and Statements of Work; Corporate Policies and Procedures .

Typical work-related activities include:
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with cross-functional ACT team members and ACT’s technical vendors to plan and execute the technical components of corporate projects.
  • Ensure the VMO appropriately supports ACT’s policies, procedures, and initiatives.
  • Develop corporate IT sourcing plans and strategies to ensure that services are delivered and executed in a responsive and responsible manner.
  • Serve as a corporate resource regarding sourcing relevant products and services. Maintain a detailed understanding of the corporate requirements, IT environments, projects, and overall goals and objectives.
  • Maintain a current knowledge of available and emerging products and services pertinent to the corporation.
  • Critically review IT sourcing requests and approve, deny, or recommend alternatives based on factors such as justifications, corporate standards, technology trends, cost/benefit analysis, and an understanding of corporate priorities.
  • Understand, implement, and effectively use corporate technology tools, including ACT’s Oracle based systems Microsoft Office products.
  • Participate or lead the negotiations of new and existing agreements with technical vendors.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent and 7 years of sourcing and/or vendor management experience, with 3 years in technology; and 3 years of contract review, negotiation and/or management. Requires experience in IT-related sourcing and vendor management and negotiation; familiarity with current IT-related vendor management best practices; understanding of financial reporting; exceptional prioritization and project management skills with a strong attention to detail, strong leadership and people management skills, ability to achieve results through influence and persuasion, and exceptional written and verbal communication skills. Demonstrated competence in: IT-related sourcing and vendor management; Legal documents including licensing, service contracts and other agreements; Extensive knowledge of corporate computer technology.

REPORTS TO:

AVP Technical Vendor Management Office

COMPENSATION:

Starting salary commensurate with qualifications. Excellent benefits and work environment.

Completion of the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate is recommended. Find a test site near you to register for the WorkKeys assessments. Finalists for this position will be subject to a pre-employment criminal background check as a condition of employment.

ACT is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity in people and ideas. ACT participates in E-Verify . ACT's online position announcements are intended only to provide general descriptions of employment opportunities; none of the information provided for any position should be interpreted as a commitment by ACT to specific terms and conditions for employment.

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