Vendor Management Specialist

Job Locations PH-Cavite
Posted Date 1 month ago(11/5/2021 11:02 AM)
Vendor Management


Position Summary

Appen has an opportunity for a Vendor Management Specialist to join a dynamic, global team, supporting clients in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Applications are invited from candidates with experience in global supplier management.



  • Research potential partnership opportunities with vendors around the world.
  • Follow new vendor vetting processes – background research, due diligence calls, documenting/categorizing vendor capabilities.
  • Working with operational SMEs, identify scope & acceptance criteria from sales quote requests, and draft vendor RFQs.
  • Collect RFQ responses – summarize cost & timeline received from multiple vendors in a consistent & timely manner.
  • Negotiate contract terms of agreement and pricing.
  • Draft vendor contracts.
  • Manage and maintain Appen’s vendor database, including quotations used for pricing proposals and vendor performance trackers.
  • Maintain positive relationships with key vendors to ensure product is high quality and delivered on time.
  • Liaise with other internal departments as required to resolve vendor’s issues and questions and manage vendor escalations during project execution.
  • Monthly vendor invoice reconciliation against work products delivered.


 Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Good knowledge of vendor sourcing practices (researching, evaluating and liaising with vendors).
  • Solid analytical skills, with the ability to create financial reports and conduct cost analyses.
  • Excellent negotiation skills and the capability to develop creative solutions.
  • Confident in communicating with stakeholders across the globe in a variety of cultural contexts and good relationship building skills.
  • Accountable and results driven.
  • A team player who is willing to work flexible hours within a global team across different time zones.
  • Confident user of MS Office tools, especially Excel and Word.


 Qualifications and Experience

  • Relevant BA/BS degree with 3+ years’ experience in vendor management, consulting or sourcing
  • Familiarity with AI/ML data services highly preferred, but not essential


If this resonates with you, or if you feel like you would excel in the role, apply now!


We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.


About Appen

Appen collects and labels images, text, speech, audio, video, and other data used to build and continuously improve the world’s most innovative artificial intelligence systems. Our expertise includes having a global crowd of over one million skilled contractors who speak over 180 languages and dialects, in over 70,000 locations and 130 countries, and the industry’s most advanced AI-assisted data annotation platform. Our reliable training data gives leaders in technology, automotive, financial services, retail, healthcare, and governments the confidence to deploy world-class AI products. Founded in 1996, Appen has customers and offices globally.


At Appen, we value performance, honesty, humility, and grit. We persevere and remain focused, whilst maintaining agility to achieve quality outcomes and exceed expectations. We’re truth tellers – respectfully of course. We take accountability for our actions, and believe in giving and receiving direct feedback. We give credit where credit is due, and show gratitude to others for their contributions. We seek diverse perspectives as we recognize the value in teamwork and collaboration. Through grit, we take ownership, and we don’t give up.


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