Supplier Diversity Manager

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Date: Feb 15, 2019

Location: Denver, CO, US, 80014

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) 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 for more information.


Job Summary

Act as Small Business Officer, manage and build a robust supplier diversity/small business  program for Qwest Government Services, Inc.

Job Description


  • Proactively identify, utilize and develop small and diverse businesses that have the capacity to provide  goods and services procured by QGSI
  • Provide inclusive and cross functional involvement to improve company performance in providing opportunities to diverse /small  businesses to meet the subcontracting goals of the federal government
  • Leverage the supplier diversity/small business program to build support from internal stakeholders identifying key opportunities to add value to QGSI’s value proposition to its federal customers
  • Develop and execute strategies, goals, measurements, tactics, and communications for supplier diversity/small business initiatives that align with the broader organizational goals of QGSI
  • Function as advocate for supplier diversity/small business and provide consultative advice on  federal subcontracting legislation and regulatory compliance that impact QGSI’s business strategies
  • Monitor subcontracting goals and communicate results to internal business units
  • Assist with the implementation of and provide administration for QGSI’s  supplier management tool (iSupplier/iProcurement)
  • Minimize QGSI’s financial exposure and risk to its small business teaming partners
  • Establish and maintain supplier scorecards to provide performance metrics for QGSI suppliers
  • Evaluate the need for Master Service Agreements with suppliers providing goods/services to multiple QGSI programs
  • Review bid solicitations and proposals to enhance diverse/small business utilization and participation
  • Interface with all departments to educate internal constituents about  the strategic value associated with small business utilization
  • Provide consultation and gap analysis for subcontracting plan compliance in direct bids for federal contracts   
  • Assist and mentor the supplier base in doing business with QGSI
  • Provide small business support and vendor relations assistance to QGSI’s Mentor-Protégé Program
  • Create appropriate recognition awards to recognize both internal associates and suppliers that help QGSI’s supplier diversity/small business program succeed
  • Effectively and visibly represent QGSI in relevant industry groups, professional organizations  and government representatives and supplier diversity advocacy groups to demonstrate the company’s commitment to work with and build the capacity of diverse/small businesses


  • A minimum of 10 years experience in a large corporate business environment with specific skills to execute the following:
  • Management of webpage, supplier registration and database including certification and verification processes
  • Development of strategic third party relationships and subsequent transaction negotiation
  • Program analysis and program implications
  • Demonstrated skills which include strong written and oral communication, resource management, problem solving, process improvement, conflict resolution, leadership, motivation, systems and process development, administration and change management
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet critical deadlines
  • Effective interpersonal skills to work with all levels of QGSI and suppliers
  • Strategic, innovative thinker able to work with minimal supervision
  • Excellent organizational skills and follow up skills
  • Knowledge of federal procurement and subcontracts in addition to strategic sourcing and supply chain management
  • Certification in purchasing or contracting field is highly desired


Bachelors or Equivalent in Business

Alternate Location: US-Colorado-Denver; US-Virginia-Herndon

Requisition #: 209388

This job may require successful completion of an online assessment. A brief description of the assessments can be viewed on our website at 

EEO Statement

We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all persons regardless of race, color, ancestry, citizenship, national origin, religion, veteran status, disability, genetic characteristic or information, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, family status, pregnancy, or other legally protected status (collectively, “protected statuses”).  We do not tolerate unlawful discrimination in any employment decisions, including recruiting, hiring, compensation, promotion, benefits, discipline, termination, job assignments or training.


The above job definition information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.  Job duties and responsibilities are subject to change based on changing business needs and conditions.

Nearest Major Market: Denver

Job Segment: Consulting, Diversity, Manager, Supply Chain Manager, Procurement, Technology, Human Resources, Management, Operations

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