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IT Senior Vendor Manager

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Date: Mar 31, 2021

Location: Charlotte, NC, US, 28216

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 44317


Corning is one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science. For more than 160 years, Corning has applied its unparalleled expertise in specialty glass, ceramics, and optical physics to develop products that have created new industries and transformed people’s lives.

Corning succeeds through sustained investment in R&D, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and close collaboration with customers to solve tough technology challenges.



  • This position supports the sourcing function for the IT Vendor Management team. The team’s specific role is to manage vendors and work with internal stakeholders to source, negotiate and provide governance for information technology related goods and services. This includes sourcing, governance, renewals and cost management for each sourcing opportunities. This position will require specific knowledge related to the goods and services related to IT.



  • As a leader in the Services/Software space, this role will work as a subject matter expert and execute as a thought leader in this space
  • Establishing and maintaining strong relationships with vendor partners in the Services space
  • Establishing partnerships with key stakeholders, both within and external to IS products/services, ensuring quality standards and needed specifications are established
  • Driving overall governance of vendor process to include vendor reviews and oversight

Developing financial analysis and governance model aligned with direction of IT

  • May be called upon to for cost analysis and interpretation of contractual language related to fulfillment of issue resolution
  • Will be responsible for developing SLA’s which are manageable and enforceable during the vendors delivery of the products and services
  • Provide coaching and assistance to teammates
  • Leading or participating in the negotiation of new contracts and or changes to existing contracts
  • Working with GSM as a result of sourcing requests, to procure professional products/services, ensuring quality standards and needed specifications are established



  • Bachelors degree in relevant field; Masters/Advance degree a plus



  • 6+ years of strategic sourcing/vendor management experience in a dynamic global environment preferably for a large international company in the manufacturing space. This experience is preferred in the Services space as related to SOW’s, Staff Augmentation and Contingent Labor force. Experience with a global sourcing provider on a global scale to ensure that requests are filled in a timely manner while adhering to the Global Sourcing Policy.



  • Prior work in a Global Sourcing/Vendor Management environment in a matrixed and global organization
  • Must have demonstrated experience providing thought leadership to overcome challenges and lead without direct authority but rather with influence
  • Process strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Certification in Project Management a plus
  • Ability to interact with Senior Level Executives and, if needed, to work with them during Vendor interactions
  • Financial management experience as it applies to the monitoring and oversight of third party suppliers
  • Working knowledge and proven experience working with a cross-functional team to provide value added vendor management related goods and service
  • Strong business acumen related to sourcing and vendor management
  • Must be an independent self-starter and have proven ability to drive results and prioritize work activities
  • Experience managing Technology/Hardware related vendors
  • Experience working to resolve issues arising from the vendor to include payment status, coordinating with Senior Level Management to ensure that requested interaction is guided by Vendor Management
  • Advanced degree in Sourcing, Vendor Management or supply chain may be substituted for work experience
  • Experience in all verticals of a Vendor Management program to include Telecom, Hardware, Services and Software



  • Prior relevant work experience serving the IT Vendor Management field in a services vertical
  • SAP experience
  • Proven ability to effectively manage multiple competing priorities, including planning, management and execution of responsibilities
  • Experience working directly with third-party vendors or other vendor management, including contract negotiation experience
  • Strong ability to read SLA’s and financial obligations related to contracts and interpret to provide guidance to IT Stakeholders and Finance
  • Must have ability to be assertive and challenge the status quo, while still maintaining strong and effective relationships
  • Proven collaboration skills along with the ability to influence without authority
  • Experience working with contract management systems



  • 25% domestic and international travel


This position does not support immigration sponsorship.


We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or veteran status or any other legally protected status.


We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

Nearest Major Market: Charlotte