IT Vendor Management Consultant
Northwestern Mutual - Milwaukee, WI

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BASIC FUNCTION : For all areas of Information Systems, manage vendor relationships, engage in negotiations and manage contracts. This includes procurement planning, contract negotiations, contract review, contract dispute and source selection to insure high quality contracts for Northwestern Mutual. Provides thought leadership and guidance to IS business units in the area of technology direction, strategic sourcing, and vendor management. Supports governance, contracting, and strategic sourcing strategies to achieve return on investment and build longer term relationships. Provides executive level vendor briefs to summarize vendor investments, risks, and opportunities. Develop and manage ongoing relationships with key IS technology vendors to build longer term relationships. Influences those interacting with vendors on management of vendor performance at NM.

QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree in Business, Accounting/Finance, MIS or related field. Minimum of 5 years experience in IT, technology-related procurement (human capital and hardware/software), contract negotiation and/or vendor management. Demonstrated broad understanding of technology development, acquisition, deployment and operations. Solid understanding of business to business transactions, especially in areas of hardware, software, intellectual property, licensing, and services. Broad understanding of business plans and demonstrated ability to relate vendor capability to business plans. Solid understanding of business to business terms and conditions. Strong negotiation, communication, planning, managing and influencing skills, as well as ability to quickly and creatively respond to change. Strong customer focus, ability to deal with ambiguity and offer creative solutions. In-depth analytical skills with attention to detail. Project management skills preferred.

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