Strategic Data Center Vendor Management - Denver, CO

Date: May 17, 2019

Location: LITTLETON, CO, US, 801200000

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

Acts as the primary lead for managing, reviewing and executing vendor agreements into a most desirable purchase contract for the company.

Job Description

  • Travel to CenturyLink collocation facilities and conduct a comprehensive review of all services in place for the purpose of defining inventory and matching expense to revenue.
  • Achieves savings against space, power and cross connects through term management, dispute identification and negotiation of embedded base of inventory.
  • Manages vendor's performance of service expectations and commitments in the agreement. Works with internal teams to identify areas of improvement, develops and implements the right solution with the vendor.
  • Communicates vendor capabilities to internal customers and manages vendor performance against those requirements.
  • Forecasts and manages expenditures related to 3rd party collocation space and power, and tracks impact to network expense and operating expense budgets. Communicates with, and coordinates delivery of, space and power to ensure optimal purchasing with other functional groups.
  • Manages spend with key vendors and monitors company's performance against buying plans and revenue commitments. Takes action to correct if spend is not in accordance with requirements.
  • Supports augmentations to existing 3rd party collocation sites by securing and processing required orders/amendments while providing estimated costs of various components on projects related to building additions or network expansion/integration projects. 

Qualifications

Knowledge, Skills or Abilities

  • Strong ability to develop business relationships and business plans with each carrier that maximize buying potential for the company;
  • Must possess a high aptitude for problem solving, be able to assess problems, research alternatives and pursue acceptable solutions while remaining within company guidelines;
  • Proven to be innovative and able to reset priorities and effectively manage resources to meet Company objectives;
  • Advance ability to effectively present and communicate ideas, solutions, etc. to others
  • Strong experience in contract negotiation and management is required;
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office is essential;
  • Experience in 3rd Party Collocation is preferred;
  • Experience in business management, financial management or the legal field is preferred;
  • Must be a strong multi-tasker and have experience coordinating across departments;
  • Must have good visual acuity;
  • Candidate must be willing to travel to conduct specific city based audit projects;
  • Must be able to travel occasionally by airplane, automobile or other public modes of transportation.
  • Must be able to work in a general office environment and be able to operate a computer and associated peripherals;
  • Must be able to operate a telephone and communicate effectively with same.

Basic Qualifications

Minimum skills required to perform in this role.

Education Qualifications: High School Diploma/GED or 2 plus years of relevant job experience. Relevant job experience is described as:

Job experience in similar industry

  Job experience with similar essential duties Physical Requirements:

  Field – Sit, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, and crawl; lift 25 lbs.; Valid driver’s license required; works in all weather conditions 

Preferred Education, Skills and Experience
Education and Experience

Experience:  5+ yrs

Education Level:  Bachelor's Degree

Field Of Study:  Contract Management, Telecommunications, Finance, or related field

A combination of education and experience is acceptable:  Yes

Attention to detail with good organizational capabilities.

Ability to prioritize with good time management skills. 
 

Education

Bachelors or Equivalent

Alternate Location: US-Colorado-Littleton

Requisition #: 210489

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/ 

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.

Disclaimer

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.


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