IT Vendor Relationship Manager at Seattle Genetics in Bothell, Washington

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Seattle Genetics

Seattle Genetics is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law.


Information Technology . Bothell, Washington

Reporting to the Director, IT TVM, the Vendor Relationship Manager aims to be the primary point of contact for IT vendors for technology equipment, licenses, services and vendor management. This role will lead and support the vendor management lifecycle, working transversally with IT, purchasing, finance, and legal functions to support the vendor management discipline for technology at Seattle Genetics. The role is tasked with ensuring technology and business requirements align to specifications and priorities, while mitigating and managing risk. The position requires with arbitration and negotiation with Technology vendors and legal representatives. The role will act as a trusted advisor to IT leaders; and a mentor and consultant for junior peers. The Vendor Relationship Manager must have experience with technology planning and budgeting as well as familiarity with effective vendor and supplier management strategies will all be critical to the success of this senior-level individual contributor and influencer.

Principal Responsibilities:
  • Collaborate with the IT Functional Leaders, members of the PMO, Procurement, Purchasing, Legal, as well as cross-functional groups outside of IT
  • Participate in IT strategic planning and other leadership meetings to ensure strategic alignment in technology selections and to help advance IT performance overall
  • Define and continuously improve vendor management processes, including internal SLAs, responsible parties in the defined workflow, elements of managing vendors, required due diligence, risk assessments, and how stakeholders are informed
  • Manage and provide leadership and guidance to the IT Department on vendor management practices, including a governance and decision-making framework
  • Educate personnel, in the creation of pricing, and the creation of guidelines of Vendor Management lifecycle
  • Ensure the appropriate commercial terms are included, while ensuring timely execution of final agreements. Agreement elements should include, but are not limited to: Service Level Agreements, data security/privacy, CCPA and GDPR regulatory requirements, DR/BR, implementation milestones, deliverables/requirements, early termination conditions, etc.
  • Identifies appropriate relationships in conjunction with internal customers and vendors to drive proper alignment on business and operational requirements
  • Support the cost savings strategies and initiatives to achieve financial and productivity objectives
  • Proactively resolves upstream dependencies and demonstrates an ability to resolve conflict
  • Adjusts positively to quickly changing priorities and shifting goals
  • Create multi-year plans that defines when renewals are due; the HW depreciation schedule; & licensing metrics to begin negotiations within logical timing. Includes having a negotiation strategy for the renewals based on usage forecasting and the vendor sourcing strategy
  • Conduct risk identification, mitigation, & monitoring for operational, strategic, financial, regulatory, & compliance risk associated with vendors
  • Create necessary metrics and required information to monitor and document vendor performance to be delivered through business reviews and vendor scorecards
  • Apply fundamental knowledge of IT functional area to the vendor marketplace and support the evaluation and selection of suppliers for assigned services lines, as aligned with IT's strategic plans and Seattle Genetics objectives
  • Demonstrates a positive mindset, high levels of character and integrity, and a keen awareness of continuous improvement
  • Ability to manage multiple simultaneous projects requiring frequent and diverse communications to effectively reach all groups and all levels of leadership

  • 10+ years of experience with technology contract negotiations, with emphasis on Software as a Service, and cloud technology (Azure, Google)
  • 10+ years' experience in Technology Vendor Management, related Technology Management or Technology Program Management with heavy third-party service provider or supplier management
  • Minimum 10 years vendor experience managing strategic vendor relationships
  • Extensive experience managing stakeholder relationships at a leadership level
  • Define and lead the negotiation strategy and approach for assigned services to govern the selection, evaluation, cost & price details for selected vendors
  • Track record of significant savings with contract negotiations
  • Ability to align key technology vendors with specific project initiatives
  • Strong verbal and written ability with the English language
  • Proven track record in supporting executive alignment and strategic vendor management for technology vendors
  • Experience with working with international/global organizations

  • BS/BA from an accredited college or university or equivalent experience required
As the leading employer in our industry in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle Genetics is proud to offer a competitive total compensation package as well as a comprehensive benefits program designed to support the whole lives of our employees and their families. Benefits include medical, vision and dental coverage, group and supplemental life insurance, 401(k) with company match, tuition reimbursement, relocation assistance and much more. To learn more about Seattle Genetics, please visit