Oct 19, 2019

Supplier Manager

  • Patterson Companies Inc
  • St Paul, MN, USA

Job Description


The Supplier Manager is responsible for coordinating all activities of suppliers including contract management, supplier profitability, advertising, targeted marketing activities and field sales activities/programs. Tasks include understanding contract terms and managing accruals and maintaining a collaborative relationship with assigned vendors.

The successful supplier manager will be responsible for building direct relationships with key suppliers, negotiating contracts, terms & conditions, managing vendor setup and new item setup processes. This candidate should have experience building strong relationships, and be comfortable managing multiple responsibilities within a fast-paced environment.


  • Possess strong analytical acumen and be comfortable drawing metric-based conclusions by managing an extensive amount of data.
  • Ownership for multiple vendor relationships: setting metrics, conducting regular reviews, and ensuring vendors continue to provide value.
  • Work with list of assigned vendors to obtain assets necessary to meet internal production timelines. This includes management of internal workflow process to ensure seamless and timely implementation of projects and adherence to all deadlines.
  • Serve as vendor liaison, establishing and maintaining contact with key internal functional team members and external vendor team members to those contacts for questions and processes outside of the scope of marketing.
  • Shepherd new vendors through the onboarding process by engaging legal, compliance, finance, business and technology teams to ensure MNDAs, MSAs, and SOW are completed on time to support requirements.
  • Regularly and proactively review interactions with vendors to ensure adherence to contractual obligations.
  • Assist with process improvement projects to streamline existing approaches.
  • Work with the ecommerce and merchandising teams to identify sources of new content and best practices to manage data and assets for all digital programs, increase organizational/vendor knowledge of digital area of expertise and further develop dashboard reporting (key performance metrics) to help drive consumer engagement/campaign success on a monthly basis.
  • Communicate successes and failures and develop recommendations for future campaigns.
  • Effective leader and communicator in working with Patterson internal groups such as field and corporate sales team, category management, marketing, finance, operations, and supply chain.
  • Performs other Supplier Manager duties as assigned.


Supplier Manager Minimum Qualifications:

  • B.A. or B.S. degree in business, supply chain, procurement, finance or equivalent experience.
  • 3-5 years of experience in Supplier Relationship Management, Supplier Performance Management or Third-Party Risk Management.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Experience in evaluating, developing and implementing vendor performance management solution.
  • Experience working within cross-functional teams.
  • Ability to think strategically and operationally/tactically.
  • Ability to flourish and influence others in an environment of fast growth and ambiguity.
  • Thought Leadership: determination to drive breakthrough thinking and continuous improvement; sets a personal example.




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