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Vendor Manager Development

Requisition Number:  15934
Contract Type:  Permanent

The Hague, NL Betzdorf, LU

Role description summary


This key role is supporting Technology innovation and project related strategic sourcing. In this role, you will be driving vendor engagement with new strategic technologies or existing vendor innovations and focusing on strategic vendor relations. You will also be developing long-term partnerships with a select group of suppliers that can provide quality at the lowest cost. In addition, you will participate in defining global Supplier Relationship governance and cadence, setting the expectations on KPI’s, SLA’s and reporting in the early stages of the vendor engagement process.


Extended Job Description:

Primary responsibilities / Key result areas


  • Support the vendor development programs ensuring that all vendors adhere to the SES policies and procedures
  • Support vendor contract negotiations with Product, Technology and Legal teams
  • Collaborate and functionally lead the VMP cross-functional Product, Services and Technology teams to articulate technical equipment and service requirements enabling vendor accountability and readiness during RFI, RFP, bidding, justification, negotiation and contracting
  • Participate in and influence vendor selection process and business case analysis de-risking strategic sourcing
  • Create periodic and ad-hoc executive updates reporting key team achievements and progress against plan, in a format for an executive audience
  • Collaborate with Product teams and translate business needs and strategy into short and long-term sourcing strategies aligned with the business requirements
  • Own and provide oversight to ensure that supplier contractual service performance, cost targets and goals are met for the development programs and post implementation
  • Drive quality and contract compliance while participating in the negotiation process to ensure that the post implementation SLA’s and KPI’s are meeting VMP requirements
  • Establish strong relationships with vendors/suppliers, staying up to date with new products and collaborating to maximize business opportunities
  • Identify opportunities and recommend improvements for increased reporting quality and process efficiencies




  • Teamwork, ability to take responsibility for functionally leading (virtual) teams, facilitating programs and driving collaborative approaches around vendor and supplier management
  • Relationship management, foster relations, and collaborate to drive projects and delivery schedules
  • Communication and influencing; have the ability to compile, interpret and present information on complex and important issues for all projects and programs
  • Ability to be responsible for evaluating options and presenting recommendations on initiatives which will have a significant contribution to business success and are likely to involve balancing risk with opportunity
  • Illustrate effective negotiation skills with strong commercial and analytical abilities
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to articulate complex ideas in simple business terms and communicate effectively with senior leadership


Qualifications & Experience


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or equivalent
  • Experience for at least 5 to 7 years in a complex Vendor Management organization
  • Telco networking /satellite background for a minimum of 3 years and experience around managing supplier issues for rapid results
  • Previous responsibility for managing project vendor deadlines and meeting project deadlines


What's in it for you:


  • Flexible working policy
  • Bonus and equity plans
  • Comprehensive and competitive benefits plan
  • A range of wellness activities and employee assistance programs 
  • An employer that values all aspects of Diversity and respects every individual’s story


Good to know: 


SES is an Equal Opportunity employer, committed to workplace diversity & inclusion. We do not discriminate on the basis on race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability, or other characteristic protected by local, state, or federal law. 

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