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Vendor Relationship Manager at Corporate

Vendor Relationship Manager

Corporate Chicago, IL Full Time
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Do you want to make a significant impact and drive sales for assigned product categories? True Value has an opportunity for a Vendor Relationship Manager.

The Vendor Relationship Manager’s role is focused on developing and managing the key operational processes that support the strategies laid out by the department’s Senior Category Vendor Manager to deliver the best merchant and retailer experience possible. Manages line review executions and large vendor relationships, cost maintenance and negotiations. Responsible for developing tactics and managing daily activities for assigned product categories that drive sales and margin for the company and its retailers. Supports internal teams and is the main point of contact for multiple processes, including line review, item set up, vendor set up, reporting and analytics. Works cross-functionally with all areas.

Revolutionize Wholesale and contribute to the success of the company. We are a dynamic team committed to driving True Value’s aggressive growth as the only nationally branded hardlines wholesaler that celebrates independent retailers.

Our culture:

  • Embraces personal and professional development
  • Values diverse perspectives
  • Provides competitive compensation
  • Committed to volunteerism and community outreach

Your Value = Our Value. True Value.

Position Description

Responsibilities (May perform other duties and responsibilities, as assigned).

1. Manages critical supplier relationships up to $20M.
2. Drives large scale negotiations with external vendors.
3. Implements best in-class processes to approach vendor negotiations, cost management, assortment execution, planogram creation, and related sourcing activities.
4. Maintains oversight of all item maintenance and ensures accuracy of new product data.
5. Manages contract creation, approval, administration, and compliance to maximize performance and minimize risk.
6. Creates an implementation plan around the line review process and implements category & assortment strategy.
7. Project manages the assortment including scheduling, creating presentations and reports, and communicating with all related cross-functional areas. Develops vendor communication in support of department activities.
8. Analyzes, researches, and supports retail assortment and category reviews.
9. Assists Merchant Team and Space Planning Department in the roll out of new programs.
10. Supports communication strategy to implement key research insights into business plans at the customer level.
11. Manages issue resolution and process for both vendors and retailers.
12. Partners with Strategic Sourcing and Pricing for all vendor acquisition cost changes.
13. Drives continuous improvement of business systems and processes.

Position Qualifications

Education & Experience:

• Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience.
• 6-8 years of experience, preferably in Merchandising and/or retail.
• Intermediate knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).

Travel may vary in length and duration.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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Chicago, IL

Job Type

Customer Service, Distribution - Shipping, Supply Chain, Management


6 to 6 years

Date Posted

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