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Strategic Vendor Manager - Digital


Location: Cambridgeshire

Job Type: Full time


Company Description

For over 20 years, Abcam has been providing tools the scientific community needs to enable faster breakthroughs in critical areas like cancer, neurological disorders, infectious diseases, and metabolic disorders.

We believe that to continue making progress, we need to work together in new ways. We need your own unique perspective as well as this of our people to make an always greater impact on the world. This community needs people like you: dedicated, agile and above all audacious so we can truly bring progress forward.

Job Description

This highly visible role with the Abcam Digital team; The Strategic Vendor Management role ensures value and quality delivery for Abcam from Key Strategic Digital Vendors through effective engagement, strong vendor relationships and consistent ways of working.

The role will ensure that vendors deliver successful outcomes and value for money, whilst minimizing risk/impact to employees and customers through financial, reputational, legal, business continuity and performance risk exposure or otherwise.

This role will ensure that the full contract life cycle for each Digital vendor, from engagement, delivery to end of contract, is fully managed.

Other responsibilities are the following but not limited to;

  • Collaborating with cross functional teams to understand and align vendor contracts with Digital Strategy
  • Negotiate contractual terms with vendors to achieve quality, supply, service and cost targets
  • Agreeing terms such as service levels, billing, credits, governance frameworks, & reporting
  • Leading quarterly/monthly/annual service and strategic reviews, including vendor performance metrics
  • Share the strategic vendor management vision, strategy and business plan to all key stakeholders


You will be a great communicator being able to influence and build relationships with stakeholders and vendors. You will be well versed in working within a Digital Procurement and/or Digital specific vendor management role, ideally from within a life science environment. You should also possess strong commercial acumen to be able to translate business needs into tangible vendor management and procurement strategies, to drive value.

Additional Information

We know that when it comes to benefits, no one size fits all. Flexibility and choice matter which is why, in addition to market competitive salaries, we offer you a flexible benefits package which is tailored to your unique needs and support your financial, physical and emotional wellbeing. This includes our award-winning share scheme, 18 weeks fully paid maternity leave, 6 weeks fully paid paternity leave as well as highly flexible working and much more. Besides, your development will be integral to your experience here. You will grow alongside other talented minds, in ways you may often find unexpected.

When people come together, incredible things happen. Here you’ll work in a safe environment where you can be who you truly are. We’ll champion and celebrate your uniqueness throughout your journey with us. This is how we excel at partnering with the scientific community no matter the challenge, ultimately helping solve the world’s most critical diseases. Find out more about Diversity & Inclusion at Abcam.