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Vendor Manager - Procurement

Job no: 563187
Work type: Full time - Continuing/Permanent
Categories: Accounting, Finance, Governance

  • Convenient CBD location
  • Full time, Permanent Position
  • $109,456-$117,277+ 17% Super

The Organisation

RMIT is a global university of technology, design and enterprise.  Our mission is to help shape the world through research, innovation, teaching and engagement, and to create transformative experiences for our students, getting them ready for life and work.

Procurement is a small but focussed group reporting directly to the Chief Operating Officer and Vice-President Resources. The role of Procurement is to review sourcing and procurement options across the university based on an expenditure on goods and services of ~$500M. Key issues addressed are:

  • Identifying cost improvement initiatives across the university spend
  • Rationalising vendor base
  • Negotiating and establishing major RMIT group contracts based on combined purchasing power
  • Enabling the procurement process and policies through both systems and controls
  • Using and leveraging group contracts to provide savings

The role and your responsibilities

The Vendor Manager – Procurement will be responsible for the development of a Vendor Governance Framework to track and monitor the performance, contractual obligations and operational Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) and Service Level Agreements (SLA’s) for each Property Services vendor under contract to RMIT University.

The initial primary responsibility will be to support the transition of the new Facilities vendor and provide governance and monitoring of performance objectives to ensure any potential down trend in performance is captured early. Responsibility will transition across all Property Services vendors providing an independent level of governance and strategic direction setting

The Vendor Manager is responsible for managing the relationship with the vendors and ensuring adherence to all strategic, tactical, operational and performance objectives, including adherence to financial commitments, relating to cost to deliver service, adherence to unit and hourly rates and all operational expenditure that is associated with the delivery

The Vendor Manager will be responsible for nurturing and managing all major vendor relationships to extract value added benefits aligned to RMIT needs. The main activities include determining portfolio requirements, assessing supply markets, developing strategic vendor management plans, and managing vendor contracts, performance, and risk.

The Vendor Manager will engage with senior stakeholders within the RMIT organisation and the vendor community to understand long-term business aspirations that can be enabled by third party relationships. The Vendor Manager will work to deliver process innovation that targets demand management and drive simple and effective use of processes and systems

Skills and experience required

  • Leadership experience in managing complex agreements and vendor relationships utilising standardised policy and procedure whilst still delivering commercial outcomes & sustained value
  • Strong leadership skills in a cross-functional team environment in matrix environment
  • Demonstrate expertise in sourcing and contract management
  • Proven ability in vendor and contractual development using analytics and leading practice tools
  • Track record of developing and delivering on substantial and sustainable commercial benefits
  • Strong commercial awareness skills and an ability to apply this to the Education sector, acknowledging difference and similarities
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and lead suppliers at senior management level to deliver high performing supply chains

To Apply

To view a position description visit and search using job reference number 563187

Download File RMIT PD - Vendor Manager Procurement (1).pdf

Applications close on Sunday 25th March 2018.

RMIT is an equal opportunity employer committed to being a child safe organisation. We are dedicated to attracting, retaining and developing our people regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community and we strongly encourage applications from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community.


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