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Director, VMO Software & Services

Company: Anixter
Location: Glenview
Posted on: April 6, 2021

Job Description:

The IT and Digital team at WESCO has an exciting opening for a fast paced, entrepreneurial, individual who has a focus on strategic sourcing, contracting and compliance and lean work methodology. This role interacts directly with business partners at every level in the organization working to manage our vendors. Through effective relationship management, this role will help develop, implement and manage procurement policies and procedures and drive strategic sourcing events to achieve synergies, savings and performance improvement throughout our IT vendors. As the Director, VMO Software & Services for the IT and Digital teams, you will be responsible for the following. These responsibilities are intended to give you an idea of the role. As this function is growing, you can expect duties to be added or removed to meet the demands of the business, often without much notice.

  • Effectively develop, lead and recommend commercial and contracting procurement strategies working with other functional leads, while demonstrating strong ability to negotiate terms and conditions,
  • Identify and maintain relationships with major suppliers to ensure inclusion of the appropriate suppliers in the right opportunities for the maximum benefit,
  • Lead or coordinate sourcing events from submission of an RFQ to evaluating vendors and selecting finalists, and act as liaison with the Supply Chain team,
  • Financial acumen to develop complex financial models, including Total Cost of Ownership models,
  • Take lead and own cost savings initiatives,
  • Support VMO Lead by identifying and maintaining relationships with major suppliers and industry analysts gathering insight to better understand suppliers' key differentiations, technology road-maps and business models with the goal of identifying opportunities to improve the overall quality and best pricing of products and services,
  • Identify opportunities for new vendors or vendor consolidation and develop suppliers that achieve Category specialty sourcing strategy,
  • Identify alternate/replacement vendors and prepare exit and transition strategies,
  • Build relationships with business leaders within the IT and Digital teams, as well as, business leaders outside of the IT and Digital space,
  • Develop and maintain vendor performance management metrics and KPI's, analyze results and implement corrective action plans. Required experience for this role:
    • 10+ years of demonstrated experience in supply chain/sourcing/category management roles with preference for IT or indirect procurement.
    • 5+ years of experience managing vendor performance.
    • Bachelor's degree in relevant field of study, supply chain, engineering, computer science or equivalent from accredited university required.
    • CPM, CTPE certifications considered a plus. Skills:
      • Ability to negotiate a broad variety of complex agreements
      • Experience managing a team of sourcing professionals
      • Relationship-building - Ability to listen, build rapport, and credibility as a strategic partner vertically within the business unit, as well as with leadership and functional teams
      • Strategic thinker - Ability to map joint organizational vision and long-term thinking, imagination, and idea generation
      • Energy, focus, assertiveness, and diplomacy
      • Highly developed communication skills
      • Strong documentation skills - process maps, requirements, user roles
      • Highly skilled and experienced at negotiating conflict and problem-solving
      • Ability to lead change using positive and collaborative methods
      • Ability to set expectations with business partners and effectively leverage governance for a
      • positive business partner experience
      • Ability to influence and break down silos within an organization as well across organizations
      • Technical aptitude, requirements management, and the ability to assess and articulate risk variables
      • Must have and maintain credibility with the business community
      • Must demonstrate acumen in business and function disciplines
      • Understand and integrate business strategies and trends in technology to deliver value
      • Strong communication skills in writing, speaking, and presenting
      • Solid understanding of IT, Corporate Functions and Finance assets and capabilities
      • Be able to identify gaps and areas that need improvement
      • Strong humility, listening, creativity, and negotiation skills
      • Ability and comfort with working at executive levels
      • Accept ownership Physical Requirements:
        • Office based role. Generally comfortable setting with low noise and moderate physical demands.
        • Frequent sitting at desk. Use of office equipment. WESCO International, Inc. (NYSE: WCC), a publicly traded FORTUNE 500-- holding company headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a leading provider of electrical, industrial, and communications maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) products, construction materials, and advanced supply chain management and logistic services. Pro forma 2019 annual sales were approximately $17.2 billion, including Anixter International. The company employs approximately 18,900 people, maintains relationships with more than 30,000 suppliers, and serves more than 150,000 active customers worldwide. Customers include commercial and industrial businesses, contractors, government agencies, institutions, telecommunications providers, and utilities. WESCO operates 11 fully automated distribution centers and approximately 800 warehouse/branch locations in North America and more than 50 countries around the world, providing a local presence for customers and a global network to serve multi-location businesses and multi-national corporations. Some companies have mission statements, some have employee policies.....we have the Blue Book. "Enthusiasm is the greatest business asset in the world. It beats money, power and influence." Read more to find out if Anixter's business style is a good fit for you. Join our Talent Community See the latest jobs, news and events by joining our talent community: Sign up for Emails Get the latest news, special offers and events from Anixter. We are committed to ensuring that persons with disabilities have access to our goods and services, including those offered through our website,, and we are in the process of improving the accessibility of our website. As such, we strive to adhere to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 Levels A and AA, a set of guidelines developed by the World Wide Web Consortium and used to ensure that digital content is accessible to everyone.

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