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Strategic Vendor Director


  • GA, Atlanta
  • Connecticut, Wallingford
  • Indiana, Indianapolis



Strategic Vendor Director

Hybrid - 4-10 times in office/month

The Strategic Vendor Director establishes program governance to assure response to issue escalation and resolution; ensures the program meets its stated objectives. Middle management/lead role.

How you can make an impact:

  • Provides subject matter expertise in response to strategic business issues; researches applicable subject matter practices; and remains aware of industry trends.
  • Primary duties may include, but are not limited to:
  • Develops detailed knowledge of corporate business plans and the ability to utilize them in strategic decisions.
  • Develops communication documents and training criteria related to external client-facing program success measures.
  • Develops documentation to support meeting presentations and the tracking and reporting of the program's success.
  • Facilitates the planning and implementation of the transition of new work items assigned to the vendor in support of strategic goals and budget.
  • Has key accountability and controls for all vendor implementation activities.
  • Works directly with business representatives to assure that all aspects of implementation run smoothly.
  • The ability to travel up to 25% of the time.

Minimum Requirements:

Requires a BA/BS degree in business or a related field; a minimum of 7 years of process improvement, inventory management, contract management, vendor management, project management experience; or any combination of education and experience, which would provide an equivalent background.

Preferred Skills, Qualifications, and Capabilities:

Operations Experience

  • MBA (or LLM) preferred.
  • 10+ years of process improvement, inventory management, contract management, vendor management, and/or project management experience preferred.
  • Possesses demonstrated experience working with Sourcing and Contract Management, Vendor Management, and contract negotiation in categories including; Business Process Outsourcing, Applications Development, and Maintenance, Software, or Software as a Service.
  • Comfortable in speaking with and negotiating directly with vendor sales teams on behalf of Elevance Health/Legato (where applicable).
  • Demonstrated strong leadership and mentoring skills preferred.
  • Experience developing high-level project/program presentations to stakeholder leadership.

Or IT Experience

  • Experience with technologies in one or more of the following categories: Applications Development and Maintenance (ADM), Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), Software, or Software as a Service (SaaS) Services.
  • 10+ years of experience with drafting, evaluating, negotiating, and/or coordinating the execution of enterprise agreements for identified towers.
  • Fundamental understanding of technology licensing models and contractual terms.
  • Working knowledge of licensing from various software vendors.
  • Strong working knowledge of the software life cycle and ability to map its stages to the relevant license renewal processes in the company.
  • Experience with/exposure to software asset management, license tracking, license usage audit, and true-up.
  • Strong experience in defining software/SaaS performance metrics.
  • Experience with leading complex conversations around Cloud technology migration/adoption, educating internal and external stakeholders about Cloud computing, and coordinating/executing Cloud-based engagements.
  • Strong experience with Sales, Business Development, Proposal Development, Financial Modeling, or Technology Partner Management of Data Center or Cloud solutions.

  • Experience with: (i) working in, OR (ii) working with, the purchasing/licensing/contracting department of organizations that provide services for ADM, BPO services, Software, and SaaS vendors.

  • Experience with traditional analytic warehouse solutions including Oracle, SQL-Server, and “Big Data” technologies including Snowflake.

  • Experience with cloud platforms such as AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, IBM Cloud, and Oracle Cloud.

  • Experience with BPO vendors oversight activities such as call center, claims processing, language services, and provider services support.

Please be advised that Elevance Health only accepts resumes from agencies that have a signed agreement with Elevance Health. Accordingly, Elevance Health is not obligated to pay referral fees to any agency that is not a party to an agreement with Elevance Health. Thus, any unsolicited resumes, including those submitted to hiring managers, are deemed to be the property of Elevance Health.

Be part of an Extraordinary Team

Elevance Health is a health company dedicated to improving lives and communities – and making healthcare simpler. Previously known as Anthem, Inc., we have evolved into a company focused on whole health and updated our name to better reflect the direction the company is heading.

We are looking for leaders at all levels of the organization who are passionate about making an impact on our members and the communities we serve. You will thrive in a complex and collaborative environment where you take action and ownership to solve problems and lead change. Do you want to be part of a larger purpose and an evolving, high-performance culture that empowers you to make an impact?

We offer a range of market-competitive total rewards that include merit increases, paid holidays, Paid Time Off, and incentive bonus programs (unless covered by a collective bargaining agreement), medical, dental, vision, short and long term disability benefits, 401(k) +match, stock purchase plan, life insurance, wellness programs and financial education resources, to name a few.

The health of our associates and communities is a top priority for Elevance Health. We require all new candidates to become vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are not vaccinated, your offer will be rescinded unless you provide – and Elevance Health approves – a valid religious or medical explanation as to why you are not able to get vaccinated that Elevance Health is able to reasonably accommodate. Elevance Health will also follow all relevant federal, state and local laws.

Elevance Health has been named as a Fortune Great Place To Work in 2021, is ranked as one of the 2021 World’s Most Admired Companies among health insurers by Fortune magazine, and a Top 20 Fortune 500 Companies on Diversity and Inclusion. To learn more about our company and apply, please visit us at Elevance Health is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, genetic information, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status or condition protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. Applicants who require accommodation to participate in the job application process may contact for assistance.

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