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AeroVironment Vendor Manager in Wilmington, Massachusetts

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The primary role of the Vendor Manager, Sr. is to plan, organize, and manage all vendor relationships, contracts, procurement, SLAs for the Digital Business Technology department. He/ She ensure due diligence in vendor evaluation, setup, implementation, deployment, and post-launch of software and hardware or services. This position includes developing, maintaining, supporting, optimizing the use of internal processes and tools to manage the spending and costs of all of our vendors and working with senior management to assess actuals vs. budget, and negotiating better pricing for AV.

Position Responsibilities

  • Review and understand all departmental vendors, current contracts, SLAs, and pricing.

  • Document all contracts into our internal database, with pricing, SLA, expiration, and signed documents

  • Develop a budgetary assessment of overall vendor costs by category to review drivers, cost savings, and streamlining opportunities.

  • Manage relationships with vendors and propose new vendors or better fit when appropriate.

  • Leverage metrics to identify opportunities and drive efficiencies in the business.

  • Identify roadblocks, brainstorm solutions, and drive the resolution of problems.

  • Be the single-threaded owner responsible for vendor management through our projects.

  • Work with internal and external stakeholders to deliver results on projects and ensure excellent vendor delivery.

  • Conduct business reviews with Senior Leaders of the department regarding business progress and roadblocks.

  • Develop real-time dashboard per vendor and all vendors, as to SLAs and Cost and Performance.

  • Define a strategy for the business and break it down into actionable goals.

  • Institute best practices and processes which can be replicated across all categories.

  • Lead change with cross-functional teams, and communicate with internal and external parties while meeting tight deadlines.

  • Continually monitor sales trends to determine which products are more popular than others utilizing analytical research data (Gartner magic quadrants).

  • Frequently interacts with customers and functional peer group managers, typically involving matters between functional areas, other company divisions or units, or customers and the company.

Basic Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree in the field of Information Technology Management or related field or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

  • Minimum 8+ years related work experience managing diverse vendor relationships within an IT department.

  • Minimum of 6+ years of Information Technology, Computer Science, and Engineering background

  • Minimum of 6+ years of experience working on managing contracts, reading contracts, negotiating to price, and managing SLAs with vendors

Other Qualifications

  • Demonstrates an expert knowledge of current and potential vendors.

  • Demonstrates an expert understanding of their products and offerings.

  • Selects vendors for systems used at the enterprise level.

  • Manages relationships with vendors.

  • Mentor employees in developing vendor knowledge

Physical Demands

  • Ability to work in an office environment (Constant).

  • Required to sit and stand for long periods; talk, hear and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone keyboard (Frequent).

ITAR Requirement:

This position requires access to information that is subject to compliance with the International Traffic Arms Regulations (“ITAR”) and/or the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”). In order to comply with the requirements of the ITAR and/or the EAR, applicants will be asked to provide specific documentation to verify U.S. person status under the ITAR and the EAR. A “U.S. person” according to their definition is a U.S. citizen, U.S. lawful permanent resident (green card holder), or protected individual such as a refugee, or asylee. See 22 CFR § 120.15. Some positions will require current U.S. Citizenship due to contract requirements.

Benefits : AV offers an excellent benefits package including medical, dental vision, 401K with company matching, a 9/80 work schedule and a paid holiday shutdown. For more information about our company benefit offerings please visit: .

We also encourage you to review our company website at to learn more about us.

Principals only need apply. NO agencies please.

Who We Are

Based in California, AeroVironment (AVAV) is a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and tactical missile systems. Founded in 1971 by celebrated physicist and engineer, Dr. Paul MacCready, we’ve been at the leading edge of technical innovation for more than 45 years. Be a part of the team that developed the world’s most widely used military drones and created the first submarine-launched reconnaissance drone, and has seven innovative vehicles that are part of the Smithsonian Institution’s permanent collection in Washington, DC.

Join us today in developing the next generation of small UAS and tactical missile systems that will deliver more actionable intelligence to our customers so they can proceed with certainty – and succeed.

What We Do

Building on a history of technological innovation, AeroVironment designs, develops, produces, and supports an advanced portfolio of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and tactical missile systems. Agencies of the U.S. Department of Defense and allied military services use the company’s hand-launched UAS to provide situational awareness to tactical operating units through real-time, airborne reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.

AeroVironment Incorporated is an equal opportunity employer, M/F/D/V and works in compliance with both federal and state laws. We are committed to the concept regarding Equal Employment opportunity. Qualified candidates will be considered for employment regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, marital status, medical condition nor disability, genetics, veteran and all others that may apply.


U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (Green Card holder) or asylee/refugee status as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) required.


At AeroVironment, our purpose is to secure lives and advance sustainability through transformative innovation. Our solutions give our customers a fresh vantage point, positioning them to see the world with new eyes and extending their reach beyond the line of sight. That is the power of our breakthrough unmanned aircraft systems, perfected and refined over a half century.

Whether they are warfighters searching for an enemy, border patrol agents searching for people in need of assistance, or telecom providers linking millions to the digital economy, our customers choose AeroVironment because our systems generate actionable intelligence reliably, creating a path to goals that would otherwise be unattainable.