IT Supplier Mgr

2 weeks ago(1/8/2018 4:03 PM)
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If you want to make a positive difference and stand out from the crowd, you’ll fit in at The Standard ( Through our retirement plans and insurance products and services, we help people achieve financial well-being and peace of mind. Come join us and share our passion for serving our customers in a positively different way.


IT at The Standard


When you work at The Standard, you are part of a company that provides customers financial well-being and peace of mind. As a member of our IT team, you work side by side with the business, pursuing strategic opportunities for our company. It’s an exciting time with new products, new distribution channels and new customer needs that are driving big investments in technology. At The Standard, we are large enough for big opportunities and small enough for big impact.


The Role 


The IT Supplier Manager will have primary responsibility for supporting the IT organizations in performing the end to end strategic sourcing process which includes collaborating with external/internal clients to develop sourcing strategies, analyzing spend and suppliers as well as leading client selection criteria process, supplier selection process, contract negotiation and formal bidding process through contract execution. This position will work directly with business and technology owners to understand detailed requirements, specifications and supplier selection criteria in order to determine and execute an appropriate procurement strategy. Effective communication, reporting and stakeholder coordination are essential delivery elements to ensure client satisfaction, team member satisfaction and financial success. Additionally, the IT Supplier Manager provides industry and supplier research, market intelligence and financial analyses to client. Leads the development of market insights from cross-client sourcing activity and collaborate with the Procurement Category function.


  • Builds and manages relationships with external resources that supply products and services to the IT organization.
  • Provides guidance in supplier selection as well as oversees the negotiation of contracts and service level agreements for the IT organization.
  • Works to ensure that suppliers meet or exceed their contractual obligations by delivering quality products and services on time.
  • Identifies, assesses and solves complex business
  • Follows the strategic direction set by senior management when establishing near term goals.
  • Interacts with senior management at a client and/or within The Standard on matters where they may need to gain acceptance on an alternate approach.
  • Acts independently to determine methods and procedures on new assignments.
  • Facilitates proactive renewal management and negotiations


Education:   Bachelor’s degree requested. Masters preferred.



  • Knowledge of IT Procurement Processes and Tools.
  • 3 -5 years IT contract and sourcing management.
  • Proficient in the use of MS SharePoint, Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
  • Experience in process improvement, as well as agile and/or lean methodologies
  • Knowledge of legal terminology and language related to supplier agreements.
  • Proven negotiation, contracting and project management skills.
  • Demonstrated success in designing presentations for senior management.
  • Flexibility and adaptability to effectively adapt to new scenarios and changes.
  • Demonstrated ability to inspire others and build effective teams, as well as being a strategic thinker and an excellent communicator.
  • Identify cost productivity improvement opportunities in IT spending across a wide array of leading companies
  • Lead sourcing projects, including all key steps such as strategy development, supplier negotiation, award recommendations, business case presentations and supplier contract execution
  • Pursue and develop senior level stakeholder relationships at priority accounts support account stakeholder relationship plans 
  • Promote corporate objectives and change initiatives, ensuring that the IT team is supporting overall company direction and growth
  • Mentor IT resources on stakeholder and project management, with a special emphasis on collaboration, customer focus, delivery excellence, continuous improvement, negotiations and contracting
  • Represent the IT Supplier Management team as a category expert
  • Complete Execution of Requests for Information (RFIs) and Requests for Proposal (RFPs).
  • Monitor vendor compliance with SLA and contract requirements.
  • Enforce Software and Hardware Asset Management compliance


Standard Insurance Company, The Standard Life Insurance Company of New York, Standard Retirement Services, Inc., StanCorp Equities, Inc. and StanCorp Investment Advisers, Inc., marketed as The Standard, are Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, or veteran status or any other condition protected by federal, state or local law. The Standard offers a drug and alcohol free work environment where possession, manufacture, transfer, offer, use of or being impaired by an illegal substance while on Standard property, or in other cases which the company believes might affect operations, safety or reputation of the company is prohibited. The Standard requires a criminal background investigation, drug test, employment, education and licensing verification as a condition of employment. All employees of The Standard must be bondable.


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Individuals with disabilities who need assistance or accommodation with the application process should contact HR Direct at 971-321-7871.  This number is only for the use of individuals with disabilities who need accommodation with the application process.  General inquiries about application status will not be addressed.


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