CenturyLink Procurement Manager I in Denver, Colorado

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) at http://www.centurylink.com is a global communications and IT services company focused on connecting its customers to the power of the digital world. CenturyLink offers network and data systems management, big data analytics, managed security services, hosting, cloud, and IT consulting services. The company provides broadband, voice, video, advanced data and managed network services over a robust 265,000-route-mile U.S. fiber network and a 360,000-route-mile international transport network. Visit CenturyLink at http://www.centurylink.com/ for more information.

Job Summary

Manages low to moderately complex vendor agreements and relationships. Delivers against corporate initiatives related to cost reduction, cost avoidance, and vendor rationalization.

Job Description

  • Negotiates or renegotiates new and existing agreements or statements of work of low to moderate complexity, including requests for information or requests for proposal.

  • Prepares scope documents, communication plans, and contract awards. Actively partners with legal teams and stakeholders to develop and execute negotiation strategies that include optimal targets for pricing, service, and quality.

  • Assesses vendor capabilities through Requests for Information, site visits, technical discussions, and quality audits in order to ensure that capabilities comply with company requirements.

  • Facilitates established feedback processes for internal business owners regarding vendor performance.

  • Tracks vendor adherence to contractual terms and conditions. Develops a vendor report card. Conducts periodic reviews of standard vendor contracts.

  • Tracks and monitors expense management in order to reduce activity as it relates to contract maintenance and escalation management in alignment with cost saving goals and objectives


  • 4+ years with a Bachelor's Degree or 3+ with a Master's Degree

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office software

  • Telecom experience preferred

  • CPM/CSPM Certification is preferred

  • Experience with contracts and negotiations preferred

  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills

  • Team player with ability to work well with their peers

  • Ability to influence and motivate others with new ideas and concepts

  • Imports and exports good ideas - relentlessly seeks, shares, and adopts ideas and best practices - proactively seeks and provides feedback

  • Inspires others by building and maintaining relationships that motivate, guide, and reinforce corporate goals and guidelines

  • Process management and documentation skills


Bachelors or Equivalent

Alternate Location: US-Colorado-Denver; US-Kansas-New Century; US-Louisiana-Monroe

Requisition # : 182911

This job may require successful completion of an online assessment. A brief description of the assessments can be viewed on our website at http://find.centurylink.jobs/testguides/

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