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CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) at 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 at for more information.

Job Summary

  • Manages complex vendor agreements and relationships across multiple commodities

  • Delivers against corporate initiatives related to cost reduction, cost avoidance, supplier rationalization and continually benchmarks purchasing and process practices to effectively translate the analysis into action.

  • Provides subject matter expertise and is a trusted advisor in regards to vendor management, sourcing, procurement.

Job Description

  • Negotiates / re-negotiates new and existing agreements or statements of work, including RFI’s and RFP’s

  • Must be able to work with, comprehend and analyze large amounts of data in excel.

  • Prepares scope documents, communication plans, and contract awards.

  • Actively partners with legal teams and business unit stakeholders to develop and execute negotiation strategies that include optimal targets for pricing, service, and quality.

  • Continually identifies and implements new opportunities for cost savings, cost avoidance and proactively tracks these objectives.

  • Implements and measures cost savings, reduction and avoidance programs and strategies. Continually refines these programs to deliver optimal results for the company.

  • Responsible for vendor / supplier management. Conducts supplier rationalization and segmentation initiatives. Proactively reviews supplier performance and adherence to contractual terms. Leads business reviews and delivers resolution on difficult issues through effective negotiation tactics.


  • Manages $100M in annual spend.

  • Possess 5+ years of relevant procurement experience or other relevant contract management / negotiation experience, preferably in telecom or technology.

  • Experience with contract creation, drafting and negotiation required.

  • Process management and documentation skills.

  • Strong organizational skills, ability to negotiate and manage several contracts at once.

  • Possesses intermediate to advanced Excel and Word skills.


  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred with business concentration / major or minor

Other Job Requirements

  • MBA preferred

  • Knowledge of maintenance, repair, operations, support associated with technology platforms preferred.

  • Ability to work with various levels of management within the organization including executives.

  • Experience with RFP / RFx catalog preferred

  • Telecom or technology experience preferred

  • CPM / CSPM Certification is a plus

  • Strong organizational and personal skills

  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

Alternate Location: US-Colorado-Broomfield; US-Colorado-Littleton

Requisition # : 211676

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

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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.