Vendor Relationship Specialist - Medford - job 746936

Lithia Motors

Date: 05/05/2021

City: Medford, Oregon

Employment type: Full-time


L0105 Lithia Home Office

Lithia Motors, Medford OR

Lithia Motors (NYSE: LAD) is the third largest automotive retailer in the U.S. and was named a 2019 Oregonian Top Workplaces award winner. We are one of the fastest-growing companies on the Fortune 500 (#265 in 2019).

With a mission of Growth Powered by People, Lithia continuously creates new opportunities for our people. We aim to create an environment where you are enabled to reach your highest potential, where you feel both inspired and supported.

With core values to Earn Customers for Life, Take Personal Ownership, Improve Constantly and Have Fun, we believe in celebrating success and cheering one another on!

We're HIRING NOW for a Vendor Relationship Specialist! This role is based at our beautiful Corporate offices in downtown Medford, OR.

Vendor Relationship Specialist

The Vendor Relationship Specialist is primarily responsible for identifying and implementing responsible purchasing practices through analysis of vendor selection and purchase procedures. The Vendor Relationship Specialist will also assist in company cost reductions by identifying and limiting controllable expenses.

The Vendor Relationship Specialist reports to the Procurement Supervisor.


  • Liaise with other internal departments as required to resolve vendor's issues and questions

  • Maintain a high level of communication with all stakeholders, manage reporting and monitoring, conduct regular performance reviews for vendors and internal stakeholders

  • Handle inbound service requests and ensure that they are properly assigned or addressed

  • Monitor contractual agreements, access, assets and spend by external vendor

  • Track and review contracts for renewal, monitor expiration dates, renewal options, proactively review for termination or renewal with department or dealership confirmation

  • Conduct data analysis and present insights with internal stakeholders to understand opportunities to improve

  • Sourcing and Selection – work with business partners to manage the sourcing and selection of suppliers and assist with identifying new suppliers

  • Understand and apply program strategies to decision making and proposals

  • Employ critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills to navigate complex issues that arise

  • Managing supplier data that allows organizations to streamline crucial supplier data to provide meaningful insights for improving supplier management

  • Program Implementation, management and maintenance

  • Managing supplier data

  • Other duties as assigned

Skills and Qualifications

  • Strong attention to detail

  • Sense of urgency

  • Excellent communication

  • Time Management

  • Bachelor's Degree in Finance


  • Does the right thing, takes action and adapts to change

  • Self-motivates, believes in accountability, focuses on results, makes plans and follows through

  • Believes in humility, shares best practices, desires to keep learning, measures performance and adapts to improve results

  • Thrives on a team, stays positive, lives our values

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.*

  • Up to 1/3 of time: standing, walking, lifting up to 25 pounds

  • Up to 2/3 of time: sitting, kneeling, reaching, talking, hearing

  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.

NOTE: This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of responsibilities, skills, or working conditions associated with the job. While this list is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, the company reserves the right to revise the functions and duties of the job or to require that additional or different tasks be performed.

We offer best in class industry benefits:

  • Competitive pay

  • Medical, Dental and Vision Plans

  • Paid Holidays & PTO

  • Short and Long-Term Disability

  • Paid Life Insurance

  • 401(k) Retirement Plan

  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan

  • Lithia Learning Center

  • Vehicle Purchase Discounts

  • Wellness Programs

High School graduate or equivalent, 18 years or older required. Acceptable driving record and a valid driver's license in your state of residence necessary for select roles. We are a drug free workplace. We are committed to equal employment opportunity (regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status). We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements.

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