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Northbrook, IL US
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Think that working in the insurance field can’t be exciting, rewarding and challenging? Think again. You’ll help us reinvent protection and retirement to improve customers’ lives. We’ll help you make an impact with our training and mentoring offerings. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to expand and apply your skills in ways you never thought possible. And you’ll have fun doing it. Join a company of individuals with hopes, plans and passions, all using and developing our talents for good, at work and in life.

Job Description

Innovation & Partnership Solutions supports Allstate Innovation’s engagement of third party partners, maximizes strategic value from the organization’s strategic and vendor partners and provides visibility throughout the organization – in addition to maximizing value, obtaining market insight for our vendors, strengthening relationships, monitoring risks, and controlling the total cost of ownership.


The Innovation & Partnership Solutions Analyst understands trends in the market and aides in selecting vendors, negotiating contracts, establishes vendor relationships including comparing performance to industry benchmarking. This person will provide thought leadership into vendor portfolio optimization and vendor management governance as needed. The Innovation & Partnership Solutions Analyst will evaluate if we have the right vendors and identify opportunities for targeted optimization and conduct reviews on a rotating schedule. They will also lead capability building activities to assess current state and identify capability gaps.



Market Insight

  • Conduct vendor search
  • Obtain economic analysis from Sourcing & Procurement Solutions (SPS) and evaluate
  • Facilitate/ participate in the coordination of data collection
  • Develop and execute communication plan for learnings
  • Responsible for developing and providing build vs buy recommendations based on analysis.  Owns build vs buy governing authority and decision making process
  • Responsible for leading the process to identify alternatives / succession and make recommendations
  • Attends industry conferences and communicates learnings


Roadmap/Product Planning

  • Accountable to provide oversight, tools, templates, and governance
  • Develop the process to do the capability assessment to determine what capabilities are being leveraged or could be leveraged; Partner with the business to complete the assessment
  • Establish processes to enhance the contract process for the innovation are and types of agreements that may be needed for these types of disruptive innovation efforts.
  • Use business strategy to develop thematic strategic vendor roadmap for Investments, expectations and standards


Vendor Optimization

  • Partner with the business (internal) to maximize product use
  • Recommend project initiatives when needed to facilitate adoption of use


Vendor Relationship Management

  • Maintain vendor portfolio management (e.g., second tier vendors)
  • Define role for high touch/low touch vendors


Invoicing/Expense Management

  • Provides visibility into overall spend by vendor category reported to project operating committee


Vendor Evaluation

  • Develop and maintain common vendor scorecard or leverage SPS assessment forms


Vendor Portfolio Optimization

  • Identify opportunities for targeted optimization; conduct reviews on a rotating schedule (2 functions a year)



  • Develop workflow practices

Job Qualifications

  • Ability to engage and influence through thought leadership
  • Broad understanding of vendor management processes
  • Capability gap analysis
  • Advanced communication skills - written and oral
  • Advanced consulting skills
  • Basic facilitation skills
  • General process improvement skills
  • Strong analytical capabilities
  • Strong technical business system skills
  • Financial services/capital markets background
  • Ability to build relationships within and across organizations
  • Ability to conduct basic research and communicate results
  • Ability to influence outside of your direct line of authority
  • Ability to partner / collaborate
  • Ability to develop solutions, leveraging internal and external services
  • Ability to share information, goals and opportunities with the appropriate parties.
  • 4+ years vendor/contract management and/or procurement, including management of third-party vendors and contract negotiation

The candidate(s) offered this position will be required to submit to a background investigation, which includes a drug screen.

Good Work. Good Life. Good Hands®.

As a Fortune 100 company and industry leader, we provide a competitive salary – but that’s just the beginning. Our Total Rewards package also offers benefits like tuition assistance, medical and dental insurance, as well as a robust pension and 401(k). Plus, you’ll have access to a wide variety of programs to help you balance your work and personal life -- including a generous paid time off policy.

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