Vendor Sourcing Specialist

| Chicago

Summary
This position supports the department by sourcing, qualifying and contracting vendors, building collaborative relationships, monitoring and developing their performance, and acting as the prime point of contact for vendors over commercial, contractual and practical arrangements.  The position is expected to use independent judgment and discretion to locate vendors and negotiate terms with those vendors in a way best benefitting the Company.

 

Responsibilities

  • Interview, identify and qualify new vendors in assigned market and service lines; establish and grow relationships with vendors through direct communication to achieve seamless, high-quality service and advantageous pricing
  • Negotiate pricing and service terms with vendors for contracted services while maintaining margin requirements
  • Communicate with vendors on insurance and other compliance requirements; ensure vendor meets the minimum requirements to work for the Company
  • Ensure proper and timely onboarding of new client accounts; initiate the recurrence of existing seasonal accounts
  • Analyze opportunities and risks with vendors and vendor onboarding team; recommends resolution to leadership
  • Analyze location alignment and capacity opportunities; recommends improvements to leadership
  • Understand varying scopes of work of our clients and convey those requirements to vendors
  • Establish and grow relationships with vendors
  • Take ownership of complex issues escalated by the client independently and with a sense of urgency; maintains responsibility for ultimate resolution and escalates the most consequential issues to department leadership with actionable recommendations for solutions
  • Work with operations team to identify and terminate underperforming vendors
  • Foster a positive team environment
  • Ensure confidentiality and accuracy of internal and external data
  • Perform ad-hoc projects and other duties as assigned
  • Must be available to adjust work schedule during high peak periods when necessary
  • Travel, as needed, to meet vendors and assess and identify opportunities of growth or improvement of processes (potential travel of 10%)

 

 

   Professional Skills

These are the professional skills we would expect from an individual fully established in this role.

  • Customer Service – Proficient
  • Verbal Communication – Proficient
  • Written Communication – Proficient
  • Teamwork – Proficient
  • Relationships – Proficient
  • Negotiation – Advanced
  • Organizational Awareness – Proficient
  • Learning Agility – Proficient
  • Analysis – Proficient
  • Problem Solving – Advanced
  • Process Orientation – Proficient
  • Prioritization – Proficient

 

Role Specific Skills

  • Excellent Microsoft product skills - high-level experience with Excel and Word required
  • Experience/ability to setup/lead meetings or plan remote business events required

 

Qualifications

    Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or related experience

 

    Other Relevant Qualifications

  • Experience in Facilities, Supply chain, or Procurement preferred
  • 3-5 years customer service or related experience preferred
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Technology we use

  • Product
  • Sales & Marketing
    • AsanaManagement
    • JIRAManagement
    • HubSpotCRM
    • SalesforceCRM

Location

875 North Michigan Avenue , Chicago, IL 60611
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What are SMS Assist Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Team workouts
SMS Assist's team fitness initiatives include In-office yoga, in-office fitness classes, and sponsored race teams.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Happy Hours
Happy hours are hosted At team's discretion.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns
Promote from within

Additional Perks + Benefits

Competitive Salary. Flexible Spending Plans. Prescription Drug Program. Free Fitness Center membership.

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