McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Vendor Manager

Vendor Management

Job Description

At McCarthy Tétrault, we offer challenging and rewarding career opportunities and are delighted to have been selected for the eleventh consecutive year in 2023 as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers and one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers. Our culture is built on professional excellence, collaboration, innovation, thought leadership and entrepreneurialism. We embrace inclusion in all its forms and we provide the tools and opportunities to help our people develop to their full potential.


This position is based out of Toronto. McCarthy Tétrault employees benefit from a hybrid work environment.


The Vendor Management Office (VMO) provides centralized vendor and contract management for McCarthy Tétrault. We are responsible for negotiating and monitoring all vendor engagements and retaining a centralized repository of vendor contracts. We work with business partners throughout the organization to provide strategic support, including market analysis and enhancing various control standards. A key focus of this team is to enhance line-of-sight into spending, drive cost savings and ensure adherence to spend control policies.


As a Vendor Manager, you will be:

  • Managing key vendor relationships, including developing relationships and leveraging vendors as a source of innovation and growth, optimizing costs and ensuring vendor performance.
  • Partnering with internal clients to evaluate, identify and recommend vendors and products aligned with business needs.
  • Leading, developing and guiding the execution of RFP, RFI, RFQ and other sourcing strategies in accordance with VMO policies.
  • Collaborating with all functional groups to ensure business requirements are captured and represented in contractual documentation.
  • Creating, reviewing and negotiating Master Agreements, License Agreements, SOWs etc. recommending changes in accordance with the Firm’s preferred terms, liaising with the internal Legal department to coordinate legal review and ensuring the appropriate process is followed both internally and externally.
  • Seeking out, recommend and drive cost-savings initiatives.
  • Performing detailed Spend, Total Cost of Ownership, and other analysis and market research to support the sourcing process.
  • Making procurement recommendations to internal clients, including new sourcing areas to look at and review based on future opportunities for cost reduction, process improvements and new services/supplies available.
  • Managing vendors through scorecards and other tools of performance and risk management, including quarterly vendor performance reporting.
  • Managing and monitor contracts for compliance throughout the Contract Lifecycle.
  • Coordinating contract database on a daily basis; running searches in SharePoint.

As our ideal candidate, you will distinguish yourself by the following profile:

  • A minimum of 7 years of relevant vendor/contract management experience in a corporate setting.
  • Post-secondary education and/or certification relevant to the Vendor Management profession.
  • Experience leading cross-functional projects including the ability to influence without authority and communicate effectively at all levels of an organization.
  • Strong understanding of contract governance and management. IT contract management experience is an asset.
  • Proven negotiation skills.
  • Exceptional technical ability, including strong skills with MS Office and MS Project. Experience with SharePoint is an asset.
  • The ability to handle tight deadlines with strong organization, work management and time management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to find creative solutions to contractual issues to reach a resolution, taking a pragmatic approach to balance legal risks against business interests.
  • Understanding of Project Management methodology.
  • Solid financial and analytical aptitude.
  • Legal drafting experience is an asset.
  • Bilingualism (French/English) is an asset.
  • Experience with Coupa, Ariba, or other comparable P2P platform is an asset. 

As a member of the McCarthy team, you will have access to:

  • Outstanding benefits from day one, including insurance premiums paid by the Firm and wellness and technology reimbursements.
  • Competitive compensation and generous time off, including a day off to volunteer and a day off for your birthday.
  • A commitment to professional development and growth opportunities for our people at all levels, supported by a culture that fully embraces and encourages two-way feedback.
  • Strong community involvement and a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • A collaborative, cohesive culture that connects lawyers and business teams through collective purpose.

We thank all applicants for their interest in McCarthy Tétrault; however, only chosen applicants will be contacted. We regret that we are unable to respond to individual inquiries about application status. McCarthy Tétrault is an equal opportunity employer that fosters an inclusive, equitable, and accessible environment. Please notify us if you require accommodation at any time during the recruitment process.


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