Senior Manager, Vendor Management - Professional Healthcare, Lab/Scientific/Education Supplies - Amazon.com Services, Inc. - Seattle, WA

Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Accounting, Statistics, Marketing, Finance, Supply Chain or EngineeringPeople management experience requiredExperience with financial analysis and P&L ownershipProfessional experience in negotiating with internal and external stakeholdersProfessional experience in business management or a related fieldProficiency with Excel and extracting data through varied reporting tools in order to drive and influence business decisionsUp to 30% Travel required
Business, Industrial and Scientific Supplies (BISS) is one of our fastest growing product lines and presents the opportunity to innovate on behalf of the B2B customers. The BISS team is looking for a Senior Manager of Vendor Management with proven track record of delivering results and leading teams. This role specifically focuses on managing supplier relationships in the Scientific vertical, which spans Professional Medical, Dental, Higher Education and Lab, K-12 School supplies.

He/She will play a critical role in managing strategic brands and partner with the Amazon Business team to improve customer experience and drive the profitability and topline performance for the category.
The Senior Manager, Vendor Management leads a team of vendor managers and owns setting the strategic direction for the department that optimizes for long-term success focusing on customer experience, growth and profitability. The role will also work with multiple product groups and leaders to grow sales on Amazon.com. He/she will leverage key metrics to develop customer insights to drive innovation, and will leverage these insights to enable the team to drive vendor participation in marketing, merchandising and promotional activities in order to drive overall business growth.


Ensures teams prioritize quality customer experienceUses industry knowledge to broaden or clarify customer and category problems/opportunitiesCreates and maintains a strong customer obsession and innovation culture within the departmentBenchmarks against competition, assessing our performance against theirs, identifying improvement areas, and directing team to close gaps STRATEGY
Sets strategic directions for the department that optimize for long-term success, focusing on customer experience, growth, and profitabilityCreates and communicates long-term plans (1-3 yrs.) including forecasting and resource planning/allocationUnderstands and communicates risks and identifies growth opportunities for the categoryDesigns, validates, and institutionalizes cross-team best practices; consults with other senior leaders on cross-category priorities VENDOR MANAGEMENT
Sets direction and aligns the team to drive category selection and growth strategiesRepresents team at cross-GL top-to-top vendor meetings by aligning objectives and working toward common goalsDrives strategic negotiations that impact multiple categories and/or product lines for improved costs and termsAnticipates future risks and proactively creates plans to avoid reactive negotiationsPartners with category leader to define negotiation strategies that support long-term relationshipsProvides feedback on existing programs or initiates the creation of new programs to drive vendor participation. BUSINESS OPERATIONS
Establishes pricing, selection, and convenience goals for the category that deliver long-term positive results; develops processes to audit team inputsOwns Retail P&L for Healthcare and Education categories and focuses on strategy for scalable revenue and margin improvementBalances portfolio to manage goals for multiple product groupsAligns strategy for promotional plans, sets vision for category promotions, and reviews and audits to ensure quality customer experienceAudits team’s work periodically and directs team to perform deep-dive analysis on problems; presents findings to senior leadershipCoaches and empowers team to identify and automate product lifecycle changes that scale to all retail categories while maintaining individual accountabilityEnsures results drive improvements across multiple categories or organizationsEffectively negotiates projects and agendas across a broad range of cross-functional teams and tech teams; influences through persuasion, not politicsInsists on a high bar for operational automation and holds teams (both category and technical) accountable for automation goals
Audits knowledge management resources; determines future state investments; cultivates a learning cultureInfluences colleagues with role-model behaviorReinforces a culture that sets a high bar and hiring for potentialContributes to hiring and mentoring of peers in other functionsDemonstrates ability to attract senior talent and multiple functions from inside and outside of companyFacilitates understanding of broader organizational tenets and strategic goals for departmentAudits department goals to ensure alignment with broader organizational goals; is accountable for department performance against goalsSets high performance standards for departmentPlans and advocates for department resourcesDevelops and communicates department vision that supports the broader organizational visionEnsures team culture consistently demonstrates alignment with leadership principles; visibly ties department decisions to leadership principles and tenets
MBA PreferredPrior experience in Healthcare sectors preferredDemonstrated ability to manage multiple projects - prioritization, planning and task delegationNegotiations, analytical, vendor and/or project management experienceAbility to think and react in a high-energy, fast paced environmentStrong proficiency in analysis tools including Microsoft Excel, SQL, and statistics softwareExperience in building and developing a high performance teamProven ability to manage large and complicated projects with experience leading cross-functional projects and teamsExperience with pricing and selection strategyStrong alignment to Amazon’s Leadership Principles
Amazon is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran / Gender Identity / Sexual Orientation. Qualified applicants with criminal histories will be considered in a manner consistent with all applicable local, state and federal laws.

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