Covance Associate Vendor Manager III, Vendor Management in Durham, North Carolina

Job Overview

  • Supports the vendor qualification process for Covance clinical vendors, including the assessment of capabilities under the direction of the Sr. Manager VQE. Coordinates the qualification process with SMEs from QA, Clinical Sourcing, functional area SMEs, etc. maintaining effective tracking of the process and completion in a timely manner. Includes co-chairing the VQC (Vendor Qualification Committee) and ensuring proper follow up on vendor qualification requests. Partner with QA department in vendor qualification audits in accordance with the VQC recommendations. 50%

  • Creation/maintenance of Master Vendor List. Ensures the Master Vendor List (MVL) is maintained and provides clear information on the available approved vendors. 15%

  • Supports the development and delivery of training both within GVM as well as outside GVM in support of other groups participating in the management or oversight of vendors. Works with SMEs within GVM and Global Learning and Change Management to create training and determine format/delivery method under the direction of the Sr. Manager VQE. 10%

  • Ensure the maintenance of accurate and complete vendor files, ensuring documentation is available for QA, clinical sourcing, compliance and client audits. 5%

  • RFI/RFP/bid defense support. 5%

  • CAPA/Audit support. 5%

  • Maintenance of RFI/RFP library of standard text. 5%

  • Participates in and supports other GVM initiatives as required. 5%



Level of educationpreferred(if required or experience level which may be substituted for level of education).

Professional degree/designations/certifications/licenseslegally required(i.e. RN, MD, VDM etc.).

  • Bachelor’s degree or ex-US equivalent from an accredited university in Life Sciences.


  • Minimum Required:

  • 2-4 years of experience in the job discipline (vendor qualification/vendor management in the life sciences industry e.g. CRO, pharma, biotech)

  • Experience in clinical research, understanding of clinical research, and comprehensive knowledge of clinical trial services vendors

  • Experience working independently with minimal supervision and in a team environment under time and resource pressures

  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills when dealing with both external and internal customers with an ability to prioritize and meet deadlines

  • Experience in drafting training related materials

  • Strong presentation skills

  • Proficient with MS Office programs

  • Proactive self-starter

  • Multi-tasker

  • Creative problem solver (to improve processes, create new approaches)

  • Excellent project management skills to ensure proper proactive planning and follow up

  • Well Organized

  • Team player

  • Enthusiastic agent of change

Job Number 2018-26161

Job Category Other

Position Type Full-Time

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