Job Title: Vendor Management Supervisor

Department: Technical
Location: Lagos
Number to Hire: 1
Job Type: Permanent
Minimum years of Experience: 7



  • Responsible for key strategic supplier selection and contract negotiations relating to the service network (including international, backhaul and last mile network services).
  • Developing sourcing strategies.
  • Source suppliers
  • Often on an international basis, negotiate and manage contracts and build key relationships with both suppliers and the internal teams.
  • Proactively drive enforcement of strategy, identification and realization of savings opportunities to create a competitive advantage for the business and mitigate supply risks.
  • Ensure forecasts are shared and weekly/monthly capacity plans are created.
  • Supplier governance initiatives and relationship management through regular reviews, visits and supplier audits. Perform supplier business, financial reviews on quarterly performance and strategic business direction. Analyze issues at supply market level and supply chain level.
  • Undertake market research including potential suppliers and competitive offerings and pricing.
  • Develop and maintain a robust and centralized system for call off services with key suppliers.
  • Working on the tendering process for obtaining goods or services.
  • Leads escalation resolutions as it relates to the managed vendors in terms of risk, pricing and performance up to senior executive levels


Qualifications, Skills & Competencies


  • Relevant experience with a BA or MS in a relevant discipline, with at least 7 years of direct external facing experience.
  • MBA preferred or relevant experience
  • Relevant experience typically includes externally facing vendor management, Supply Chain & outsourcing, process improvement, and program development
  • Strong understanding of Towerco, Data Centre and Connectivity Products in the ISP/Telecom Sector
  • Familiarity with operational process designs
  • Experience leading a team

Competency Required:

  • Shows clear ability to apply critical thinking, strategy development, and vision towards the growth of the Vendor management Portfolio, while also overseeing the day-to-day execution in a high volume and fast paced environment.
  • Can clearly articulate and implement a data driven strategy for the Vendor management function, utilizing multiple sources of data to drive proactive decision making, and/or support other critical decision points across multiple functional areas related to vendor performance 
  • Exhibits strong managerial skills and demonstrated success in managing direct reports in a global and virtual environment
  • Exceptional stakeholder management skills and ability to connect with the C-Levels of Vendors
  • Ability to work with multiple stakeholders and managing business expectations
  • Good understanding of contracting and commercial terms and conditions 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Time & Self-management skills
  • Relationship Management
  • Team Development Skills
  • People Development Skills
  • Analytical Thinking & Problem-Solving Skills
  • Proficiency in MS Office {Excel Expert level}

Demands of the Job


  • The candidate will be responsible for sourcing of products and services including, Collocation services for network expansions, metro service and International circuits to expand MainOne network footprints. The candidate is expected to be aware of the Telecom landscape and technicalities of the products in addition to the commercial acumen to negotiate complex contracts with little or no supervision. The candidate should have the ability to design an optimal cost methodology and sourcing plans for the best competitive plans in the region. The candidate will be resident in Lagos and will be responsible for the commercial strategy for the company International and West Africa sourcing plans.
  • Ability and willingness to work long hours and meet tight deadlines.
  • Travel may be required