IT Vendor Manager

Job description

Are you up for the next challenge? Do you want to work for one of the largest Dutch companies and be part of this strong heritage? As a Vendor Manager would be responsible for helping ERIKS get the best out of its current and future relationships with its partners and suppliers? Feel free to reach out to us. We'd like to tell you more!

Job description

At present, there are more than 100 suppliers from whom we purchase various IT products & services. As a Vendor Management Specialist, you are responsible for optimizing value delivery and business outcomes through the consistent management, administration, and guidance of our partners and suppliers. You will be responsible (mostly post-contract signature) for the operational, tactical, and strategic aspects of the multi-faceted field of Vendor Management. 

This means that you are the one who can get the best and the most out of a partner & supplier for ERIKS so that the contract that has been signed will be successful. Vendor Management ensures that the added value of IT is experienced within ERIKS. Within ERIKS the IT contracts concern both infrastructure and applications, from smaller software contracts to the complete outsourcing of services, as well as the commitment to innovations (IT Roadmap).

This challenge is also to develop and implement a vision on further professionalization and developments of the fields of Vendor Management. Contributing to the development, application and securing of knowledge and expertise in the field of Vendor Management in a team of professionals by creating support for the way in which you organize Vendor Management (be a team player by cooperation and coaching) and by continuously improving our information provision and digitizing our contract management work.

You will be part of ERIKS Digital, a team of 100+ professionals enabling the processes of ERIKS with Digital solutions. You will work together and report to the Senior Sourcing & Vendor Manager, alongside a contract manager and Technology Sourcing Specialist. You’ll have recurring meetings with the Vendors and internally with ERIKS key stakeholders and focus on the realization of contracted quality improvements and savings within the contract lifecycle.


As a Vendor Manager, you are able to act at strategic, tactical, and operational level. As a fast learner with good analytical abilities. You have an entrepreneurial approach in which you are not afraid to take the initiative and drive objective decisions that deliver business value, always acting in line with our company values. 

You are a self-starter who can achieve results quickly in a complex and dynamic work environment. You are satisfied by the challenge of bringing clarity to ambiguity and have a proven track record in the area of IT vendor management and contract management. You have no difficulties with communications at all levels with both internal and external stakeholders and you can represent a range of interests in an objective manner.

We believe the right candidate meets the following criteria:

  • - Bachelor or Master in Business studies or ICT, or equivalent experience
  • - Proven experience (2-4 years) as a Vendor Manager (or a similar role) within a multinational company
  • - Familiarity with IT and data communications. 
  • - Relationship builder and team player
  • - High cost and risk awareness, high-level understanding of legal affairs, contract- standardization & project control and quality
  • - Fluent in written and spoken English (Dutch is a pre.)

ERIKS ( is a leading international industrial service provider offering a wide range of high-quality mechanical engineering components and associated technical and logistics services. ERIKS offers its products and services to the industrial end-user based on its passion for technology, its broad and deep knowledge of market developments, product properties, product applications, product processing, logistics and its state-of-the-art infrastructure. This enables ERIKS to make a positive contribution to the business operations of its customers and suppliers and its social environment.

ERIKS was founded in 1940 and currently consists of more than 60 companies with 450 branches in 27 countries, serving over 200,000 customers in the MRO, OEM, and project distribution business. The geographical focus of the group’s activities is in Europe and North America, where about 95 percent of its sales are achieved. In 2016, ERIKS generated net sales of approx. €2 billion with 5,500 employees. ERIKS is a wholly owned subsidiary of SHV Holdings N.V., a family-owned multinational with revenues of €18 billion and more than 60,000 employees across very diverse business environments (see: