Vendor Relationship Manager - Tech Procurement


March 24, 2021

    Business Support & Operations
The Platform team creates the technology that enables Spotify to learn quickly and scale easily, enabling rapid growth in our users and our business around the globe. Spanning many disciplines, we work to make the business work; creating the frameworks, capabilities and tools needed to welcome a billion customers. Join us and help to amplify productivity, quality and innovation across Spotify. Location New York, NY Job type Permanent
Spotify’s Technology Procurement team is searching for an experienced a Vendor Relationship Manager. In this role, you help Spotify engineers adapt quickly and thrive. You will make a significant direct impact on how Spotify works and serves audio to hundreds of millions of people daily. We partner with teams across Tech Procurement, part of our Platform Mission, and Spotify.
We are rapidly growing the vendor partnership for the vendors we govern and those we haven’t handled in the past. We seek efficiency and speed for Spotifiers globally. In this position, you are an authority for our technology platform strategy, leading interactions and knowledge sharing with leading infrastructure vendors, giving you a front seat in the current evolution of the cloud-native marketplace. You will be involved across the entire lifecycle of these relationships. From strategy to sourcing, prioritisation, governance, and, finally, public celebration of joint successes. You will develop and implement some of the most sophisticated global engagements around the world.
Your work will have an impact on nearly all Spotifiers!
What You’ll do
  • Own the vendor management process by providing the governance to expand and run Spotify’s relationship with our strategic partners and potential new vendors.
  • Maintain technology partnerships while working with cross functional teams to enable Spotify engineering to adapt quickly
  • Partner with executive leads and engineers to understand their needs, both internal and external
  • Work with critical vendors to coordinate proactive communications, QBRs and relationship management to ensure these engagements are successful
  • Aid in implementing sustainable vendor management governance practices
  • Perform vendor governance with strategic partners, and support visible, impactful metrics that tell a story of the VMO's role within Spotify's mission
  • Be the advocate for long term Spotify interests with the vendors and help achieve them through vendor partnerships

Who you are
  • Work across organisational boundaries and build effective relationships to tackle highly complex challenges
  • Significant commercial experience in technology and Cloud, preferably in a tech company and/or engineering department within a media company
  • Confirmed experience in managing sophisticated and complicated vendors ranging from start-ups to large enterprises
  • Influential decision-making at all levels within an organisation, building from your expertise and skills
  • Knowledge and experience running global governance programs across multiple vendors
  • You are comfortable with uncertainty and require little direction to find excellent solutions in our current vendor landscape as well as towards the future.

Where you’ll be
  • We are a distributed workforce enabling our band members to find a work mode that is best for them!
  • Where in the world? For this role, it can be within the Americas region in which we have a work location and is within working hours.
  • Working hours? We operate within the Eastern Standard time zone for collaboration and ask that all be located that time zone.
  • Prefer an office to work from home instead? Not a problem! We have plenty of options for your working preferences. Find more information about our Work From Anywhere options here.

Perks of being in the band
Extensive learning opportunities, through our dedicated team, GreenHouse. Flexible share incentives letting you choose how you share in our success. Global parental leave, six months off - fully paid - for all new parents. All The Feels, our employee assistance program and self-care hub. Flexible public holidays, swap days off according to your values and beliefs. Spotify On Tour, join your colleagues on trips to industry festivals and events.
Learn about life at Spotify
You are welcome at Spotify for who you are, no matter where you come from, what you look like, or what’s playing in your headphones. Our platform is for everyone, and so is our workplace. The more voices we have represented and amplified in our business, the more we will all thrive, contribute, and be forward-thinking! So bring us your personal experience, your perspectives, and your background. It’s in our differences that we will find the power to keep revolutionizing the way the world listens.
Spotify transformed music listening forever when we launched in 2008. Our mission is to unlock the potential of human creativity by giving a million creative artists the opportunity to live off their art and billions of fans the chance to enjoy and be passionate about these creators. Everything we do is driven by our love for music and podcasting. Today, we are the world’s most popular audio streaming subscription service with a community of more than 345 million users.