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Vendor Relations Manager

OTH010063Northfield, Illinois

Job Description

We are seeking a Vendor Relations Manager in our Distributed Products division located in our office headquarters in Northfield, IL. 

What will you do?

This individual will serve as a primary liaison between vendor and Medline and will oversee/manage a portfolio of branded suppliers to obtain best financial and operational position.
  • Negotiate agreements with vendors to achieve improved financial terms and conditions
  • Build collaborative partnerships with vendors.
  • Develop, sell, and implement marketing programs designed to sell more profitable products and deliver value and savings to Medline customers and sales reps.
  • Communicate and maintain vendor scorecards and manage vendor relationships towards achieving top level performance.
  • Perform as the escalation point for all functional areas in the distribution division working with the vendor to problem solve and mediate through challenges and opportunities they arise.
  • Respond to vendor related questions or issues for quick resolution.
  • Plan and attend business reviews with vendors, healthcare industry and trade show events.
Why Medline? We'll let the numbers speak for us. 
  • 45+ years of consecutive growth (doubt-digit for the past 20)
  • 20+ product divisions and counting
  • 350,000+ products and counting
  • 15,000 employees spanning the globe
  • 100+ years in the industry. We know healthcare.
  • Ranked number 47 on Forbes' 2016 list of largest privately held companies in the U.S.
  • Conducting business in 90+ countries

Job Qualifications

What do you need to land the job?

We are seeking a dynamic, hard-working professional with an entrepreneurial mindset who thrives in a fast-paced environment.

Education / Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree and at least 5 years of marketing, product management or sales experience 
Relevant Work Experience
  • At least 2 years of experience negotiating with outside vendors, including negotiating contracts, prices, resolving service issues and/or reconciling differences required.
  • Distribution operations or general healthcare market experience strongly preferred.
  • Intermediate level skill in Microsoft Excel (for example: using SUM function, setting borders, setting column width, inserting charts, using text wrap, sorting, setting headers and footers and/or print scaling).
  • Willing to travel up to 25% of the time for business purposes (within state and out of state).
What can you expect once you're on board?
  • Medical, dental, vision & Rx Plan
  • 401k with company match!
  • Impress friends & family with tours of our 679,000 square foot headquarters
  • Indoor basketball court & fitness center open 24/7 and free to employees
  • Subsidized cafeteria: eat healthy, spend less 
  • Break up the day with a quick game of ping pong or shuffle board
  • Collaborate to innovate! Get away from your cube and team up with coworkers at the fireplace or at one of our many meeting spaces
  • Worried about the drive? Check out our commuter options!