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Vendor Relationship Manager Ocean Freight

Reporting to: Procurement & Vendor Manager

Team: Vendor Management 

Full-time fixed term contract (6-9 months)

The Vendor Relationship Manager Ocean Freight will be responsible for managing all aspects of the organisation's relationship with their ocean freight providers.  This includes managing supplier performance through developing and reporting key data, taking a lead role in all commercial aspects from tendering to contract management, ensuring all data is accurately maintained, identifying and implementing improvements, and building and maintaining a mutually beneficial relationship with these suppliers.  They will also develop expert ocean freight knowledge to provide important market and competitor input to the strategy, and ensure that factors which impact on ocean freight services are understood and planned for.

Leading a small team of procurement and vendor specialists they will also ensure that processes and systems are implemented to optimise the flow of data between the company, their vendors and their customers, continually seeking to improve processes.

The successful candidate will also have the following experience and attributes:

  • A solid understanding of logistics (preferably including ocean freight)
  • A good understanding of the export and/or import sector
  • Contract management experience including an ability to interpret contractual agreements
  • Robust analytical and numerical skills
  • Advanced Excel modeling skills
  • Excellent communication skills at all levels and a collaborative style
  • Managerial courage and resilience
  • A relevant tertiary qualification



Application Process

Candidates need to be detail oriented with a passion for working collaboratively internally and externally to find new and more efficient processes.  You are calm under pressure, tenacious, and resilient.

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You must be able to work in New Zealand to apply for this job