Vendor Manager

Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Support and Service


Weekly Hours: 40
Role Number:200159220
The people here at Apple don’t just build products — they build the kind of wonder that’s revolutionized entire industries. It’s the diversity of those people and their ideas that encourages the innovation that runs through everything we do, from amazing technology to industry-leading environmental efforts. Join Apple, and help us leave the world better than we found it!! The WW Vendor Management organization of Apple works in a fast-paced and dynamic environment. The team is responsible for handling a portfolio of vendor partners, delivering outsourced technical T1, T2, voice, emails and chat support to Apple's customers. We are looking for a Vendor Manager who will ensure the highest level of customer happiness, technical excellence, quality and consistency at a number of Vendor Partner sites. You will be manging partners supporting our customers in Europe. This role offers a real opportunity to make an impact and comes with an attractive salary and lots of employee benefits!

Key Qualifications

  • Customer & Technical focus: address the customer impact of all activities.
  • Communication & Partnership: builds strong working relationships with Vendor Partners, CC Ops, Training, T2, CR and other internal teams to address cross-functional interdependencies, process alignment and improvement. Communicate concisely and clearly both orally and in written form.
  • Results focused: meet dedications and drive closure of open actions, provide regular status updates, collaborate with QPM team to understand root causes of performance challenges and deliver concise direction to vendor site management, question 'business as usual' as an appropriate status quo, and thrive on the challenge of change.
  • Decision-making: make decisions in a timely manner, sometimes with incomplete information and with areas of ambiguity - under tight deadlines. Be open to developing a deep organizational knowledge and demonstrate a willingness to integrate multiple points of view into the decision-making process.
  • Strong project management skills: accurately scope out length and difficulty of tasks and projects. Set objectives and goals for yourself that support the success of your sites. Anticipate and adjust for problems and roadblocks - and be an active communicator in flagging those to all concerned.


- Build and manage business relationships with Apple's vendor partners to implement support solutions for our customers and be responsible for partner performance against defined metrics across multiple sites in Europe. - Communicate and gain agreement on mutual goals and objectives and build awareness and support of overall strategic benefits of the alliance. You will maintain a collaborative dialogue with the Partner Operations Manager & vendor manager peers to review the efficiency of the overall relationship, specific lines of business, site management and structure. - The role provides for feedback in reviewing the overall performance and strength of the vendor partners you are responsible for. This in turn will enable the team to assess the landscape of all partners in the region to understand cost, quality, standard methodology and scalability across the partner portfolio. - To succeed you will need to work collaboratively with both internal and external partners to identify and implement initiatives to improve efficiency and quality; engage as a leader to drive a Root Cause Analysis problem-solving approach to quality improvement with the QPM team. - Identify, own and develop relationships within the broader Apple organization with particular focus on upstream issue groups including Customer Relations, Tier 2 and Engineering, forecasting and capacity planning groups, training and quality groups and Apple Field Service Managers for the countries our partners support. Building closer relationships between our vendor partners, internal support sites and other groups that impact the overall customer experience with Apple. Actively partnering with CC operations, training, reporting & analysis and the broader WW VM team. - Being on site with our partners is key to your success, and you are expected to travel both in support of routine operations and special systems, tools, and product launch support on a routine basis. Success in the role will be determined by delivering results at or above target at partner sites; ensuring readiness at vendor sites that delivers the required resources and collaborative communication/partnership with vendor and internal partners.

Education & Experience

- BA/BS Degree in business or related field. - Six Sigma process training. - COPC process training preferred.

Additional Requirements

  • - Significant work experience in a multilingual contact centre environment; including technical support management and customer service management with phone, email and chat solutions in a large inbound contact centre.
  • - Be fluent in English and ideally, a second European language.
  • - Proven experience of vendor contracts and negotiation principles.
  • - Strong understanding of cost and financial accounting principles.
  • - Ability to interpret complex analysis, budgeting data and business information.