Vendor Manager (Texas)

Location: Austin, Texas, United States


This position is no longer open.

Requisition Number: 1433

Position Title: Vendor Manager, Early Phase

External Description:

The Vendor Manager is responsible for the continuous development, oversight, and implementation of Worldwide’s Early Phase vendor management program, securing outside sources for various commodities and/or services to support our clinical trials and overall corporate business objectives.  Driving continuous improvements to Early Phase vendor performance.  Identifying and maintaining vendor relationships that provide high quality products and services at the best value while upholding the highest standards of ethics and conduct.



  • Establish and maintain business relationships with third-party vendors that support the Early Phase business unit.
  • Support and build Preferred Provider relationships through the strategic sourcing processes.
  • Develop strategy for selection of vendors in collaboration with internal stakeholders.
  • Development of RFI/RFP for commodity sourced (if applicable).
  • Attend capabilities presentations for complete understanding of services being sourced.
  • Negotiate pricing, business terms and conditions, etc.
  • Ongoing supply market intelligence (prices/trends/mergers/ownership/newcomers)
  • Ongoing prospecting of supply market to identify opportunities
  • Support vendor assessment activities and work with Early Phase QA on additional qualification requirements, as necessary.
  • Ensure vendors are compliant with negotiated terms through periodic face to face meetings
  • Work with Vendor Management to promote the use of Preferred Providers throughout the organization
  • Evaluate Early Phase vendor performance using the established Vendor Management process
  • Tracking of Cost Savings opportunities is essential
  • Support project teams with vendor negotiations and project efficiencies
  • Assist Vendor Management team with Corrective Action resolution for third party vendors
  • Assist Vendor Management team with segmentation of Early Phase Vendors and support the Vendor governance process.
  • Determine gaps; identify equipment used in designated areas, (determine rental or ownership) life cycle of machine, proprietary or universal, etc. 
  • Establish strong working relationships with internal stakeholders and educate internal customers on approved Vendor’s capabilities



  • Perform other duties as assigned. The duties and responsibilities listed above are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all-inclusive



  • A self-starter, a quick learner and able to use their initiative and think outside the box
  • Ability to work under pressure, multi-task and meet tight deadlines
  • Understanding of the importance of promoting a “one-team” culture with vendors and internal functions.
  • Proactive approach to problem solving
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to interface appropriately with all levels of the organization across the global footprint.
  • Strong negotiation skills are essential
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Organized
  • Customer focused, flexible and able to adapt to stressful situations


  • Minimum 5 years of procurement/outsourcing experience. 
  • Pharma/CRO Lab experience an advantage.
  • Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Public Health, or equivalent combination of education and applicable experience
  • Strong presentation and documentation skills using Microsoft Office applications.



State: Texas

Employment Type: Regular

Community / Marketing Title: Vendor Manager (Texas)

Company Profile:

We’re a global, mid-size CRO that pushes boundaries, innovates and invents — because the path to a cure for the world’s most persist diseases is not paved by those who play it safe, but by those who take pioneering, creative approaches, and implement them with quality and excellence. We are experts, bright thinkers, dreamers and doers and, together, we are changing the way the world experiences CROs, in the best possible way.

Location_formattedLocationLong: Austin, Texas US

CountryEEOText_Description: Worldwide Clinical Trials is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including age, sex, color, race, creed, national origin, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, political belief or disability.

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