Work closely with Business Units to ensure vendor contracts are structured with the appropriate risk provisions and mechanisms to ensure the suppliers’ performance is meeting the Bank’s business objectives within the agreed costs and schedules. Expected to incorporate improved supplier service, savings, and to minimize contractual risks.
Develop negotiation strategy and lead negotiation of complex supplier contracts.
Maintain and continue to develop the Vendor Management Policy and Procedures.
Establish and maintain a strong working relationship with the Executive team, lines of business and suppliers to optimize negotiations.
Maintain a strong working knowledge of contract management guidelines related to supplier contracts and customize legal contract language within those guidelines to address specific business issues.
Work with Management on non-standard contract terms and conditions to ensure contract provisions meet bank objectives.
Provide authoritative guidance to internal business teams on Bank goals and objectives relating to contract activity.
Provide a liaison/coordination role between suppliers and lines of business as needed, in the areas of contract negotiation.
Provide supplier contract review services and coordination of contract dispositions related to mergers and acquisitions.
Research, evaluate, and recommend contract management process improvements including vendor/contract management applications.
Continually analyze and evaluate each program or vendor for improvement opportunities and work with appropriate parties to implement them.
Assist the independent third-party internal audit firms to complete their audits including gathering information for various audits as directed by the Director of Internal Audit.
Coordinate with the independent third-party internal audit firm for the timely issuance of audit reports.
Assist the Director of Internal Audit to develop new or revised internal audit policies, methods and procedures.
Complete other duties as assigned.
ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES OR DETAILS
ESSENTIAL SKILLS, EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Accounting degree required
Experience of 3-5 years in accounting or audit or equivalent work experience required
Previous work experience as a Vendor Manager or in the Logistics department ideal
Excellent time management and organizational skills
Strong analytical and negotiation skills
Good research skills
Basic computer skills
Ability to multitask
Good communication and interpersonal skills
Having an eye for detail
Quick decision making and problem-solving skills
Ability to offer improved customer service
The working conditions are almost exclusively inside the Bank.
This description is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all functions, responsibilities, skills and abilities. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate. This document does not represent an expressed or implied contract of employment, nor does it alter your at-will employment, and the Company reserves the right to change this job description and/or assign tasks for the employee to perform, as the Company may deem appropriate.
At Southern First, we believe banking is about people, and we’re making a difference one client and one banker at a time. Rooted in service and family, our core values make up the foundation of our company and the way we do business. Those values include serving others, cherishing our family culture, competing with a passion for winning, celebrating our victories, and enjoying the journey along the way. Every day, our team proudly carries out our mission of impacting lives in the communities we serve.
Headquartered in beautiful Greenville, SC, Southern First is locally owned and led with $2.6 billion in assets and 260 associates across eight growing Southeastern markets in three states. Our relationship-first approach to banking is backed by our commitment to investing in easy-to-use technology, giving our clients all of the tools they need to easily manage their finances whenever, wherever.
If you are passionate about impacting lives in our community and building long-lasting client relationships, we’d love for you to join our team. Our purpose is to enable dreams, earn trust, and exceed expectations.