Group O

Print Supplier Manager

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Group O is looking for a Print Supplier Manager to join our team in Milan, IL! The Print Supplier Manager is responsible for managing relationships with key suppliers as well as negotiate and manage contracts, ensuring project execution accuracy at all times. Assesses near and long term plans to establish supplier priorities balanced with business needs; consults with Management, Clients and other subject experts to develop alternative solutions; advises on options, risks, total cost of ownership, and business impacts. Developing a long-term partnership with our suppliers, while driving the company's continuous improvements in decreasing suppliers cost for goods and services while improving quality and delivery time.


  • Manages day-to-day supplier relations and seeks out growth or revision opportunities within supply base. Acts as the internal point of contact for supplier management and complaint resolution; conducts regular supplier meetings and implements improvement strategies with suppliers. Creates, nurtures, and enhances supplier relationships.
  • Develops and executes Print Program sourcing strategies, including development and execution of RFI’s and RFP’s, documents bid events through correspondence to suppliers; develops selection criteria; conducts supplier negotiations and ongoing supplier management.
  • Assists with development and implementation of business plans, performance goals and metrics for Print Program. Collaborates with Operations, Client Services, Finance and others as needed on cross-functional sourcing opportunities. Actively seeks ways to streamline business processes; researches and provides information on industry category trends and best practices.
  • Collaborates on inventory control, including lifecycle of product, and assists in project management of all sourcing activities. Makes suggestions for opportunities to reduce product and service costs.
  • Drives tracking and reporting for assigned spend areas; assists with tracking mechanics and supplier key performance indicators. Performs data analysis and modeling.
  • Participates in Print Program review meetings with cross-functional teams to manage Print Program performance.
  • Monitor supplier performance to ensure that delivery dates and technical and contractual requirements are met. Participate in strategic meetings with suppliers and business leaders to ensure execution of defined strategies. Make recommendations that will result in decreased costs and improved efficiencies.
  • Continually seeks out new vendors to drive down overall print costs while maintaining the company’s first class customer service experience.
  • Vendor relations:
    • Existing Vendor Relations:
      • Contractual Rate Cards
      • Manufacturing Efficiencies
      • Pricing Negotiations
      • RFP Purchasing
    • New Vendor Relations:
      • Rate Card Development
      • Procurement Criteria
      • Format Development
      • RFP Programs
      • Manufacturing Sourcing
  • Perform research on industry best practices for vendor relationship management.
  • Analyze vendor pricing compared to industry standards.
  • Execute vendor quality customer surveys and analyze results to implement plans to address issues.
  • Cultivates team morale, motivation, and loyalty through continuous training and mentorship, proving clear communication and constructive feedback.


  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree and at least 3 years of procurement experience
  • Experience
    • Experience in supplier negotiations and developing/executing sourcing strategies.
    • Experience collaborating with internal and external resources to develop strategies that meet department goals within budget and established timelines Experience in managing complex vendor relationships through weighted scorecards, formal governance models, and vendor agreed SLAs.
    • Experience in administering RFQs, RFPs and being involved in contract negotiations with the ability to understand complex contractual terms and conditions.
  • Strength in identifying and mitigating risks while working with vendors.
  • Ability to negotiate and influence.
  • Professional, clear and effective communication skills.


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