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Kforce IT Vendor Management in Saint Louis, Missouri

Kforce has a client in search of an IT Vendor Management in Saint Louis, MO.Responsibilities:Leadership: * Provide leadership in the execution of the strategic direction, mission, and vision of the IT vendor management capability in alignment with the strategic and operational objectives of the technology organization and the business; For clarity of definition, vendor management incorporates vendor governance * Manage responsibilities and activities for IT staff engaging on technology vendor management * Provide training and resources for IT staff members who are charged with executing vendor management activities * Collaborate with all stakeholders - including IT and business resources, sourcing, and procurement - to establish and implement criteria and best practices for vendor selection, (e.g., RFI and RFP processes, standard contractual terms, amendments which relate to specific technologies), (e.g., Cloud Services) * Provide leadership and guidance to IT procurement teams to optimize the cost-effectiveness of negotiations and ensure compliance of negotiated agreements to established vendor management policies and practices (service levels, deliverables, etc.) Operational: * Assist in the establishment and/or approve in conjunction with Resource Management, the internal and external policies, standards, and processes for vendor interaction * Manage the development/maintenance/enhancement of tools for use in vendor management, including vendor lifecycle management incorporating selection, vendor tracking, analytics, and performance management tools (scorecards, dashboards, etc.) * Serve as the point of contact between the vendor organization and IT departments which utilize vendor services and solutions * Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Business, or a related discipline plus seven years with a minimum of five years in a leadership role * Demonstrated track record of helping successfully transforming enterprise business processes that touch multiple disciplines, software, hardware, and infrastructure * Experience leading complex business transformation in a consumer-facing/consumer service industry, preferably in higher education * Experience working with vendors/suppliers Preferred Qualifications: * MBA degree is highly desired * Demonstrated vendor management expertise * Experience performing critical review of vendor contracts and agreements * Experience conducting negotiation of vendor contract terms and conditions * Experience conducting Request for Information (RFI) and Request for Proposal (RFP) competitive purchasing processes * Pragmatic and outcome-oriented, leveraging data to make decisions * Exemplary planning and organizational skills, along with a high degree of detail orientation * Hands-on and adaptable leadership style with commitment to driving results * Highly collaborative with the ability to build trusting relationships * Ability to analyze and resolve highly difficult problems, to integrate information from multiple sources, to utilize creative thinking, and to exercise considerable judgment and resourcefulness * Ability to collaborate with other teammates to provide assistance and expertise, as well as to receive expert input and assistance from others delivering the best solution and experience for the customer Kforce is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status.Compensation Type:Years