Vendor Management Policies & Procedures Development

Standardize and streamline vendor management operations with expertly crafted policies and procedures, tailored to meet your goals, industry best practices, and regulatory requirements.

Get Your Vendor Management Policies & Procedures Done Right

Our vendor management policy and procedure development services provide a proven blueprint for your vendor management operations, ensuring practices are streamlined, scalable and tailored to your unique business requirements. We refresh, modernize and document procurement, contract and third-party risk management policies and procedures, ensuring they align with vendor management best practices and applicable regulatory requirements. We can then support you in deploying your new practices through technology enhancements and end-user training.

Leverage our expert guidance and comprehensive suite of tools and templates to save time on policy and procedure development, and incorporate modern, effective practices.

The Value of Partnering with Vendor Centric


Critical Processes Documented

Your policies and procedures incorporate every aspect of vendor lifecycle management, ensuring they are comprehensive yet right-sized for you.



Our pre-built workbooks and templates streamline the development process, providing more efficient discussions and faster decision-making.



Your policies and procedures are crafted to meet corporate, industry, and regulatory standards, guaranteeing compliance with critical requirements.

Our Approach

Step 1

Success Planning

We begin by identifying your goals, aligning key stakeholders, and establishing project governance to lay the foundation for a successful engagement.

Step 2

Policy & Procedure Development

Next, we tailor policies and procedures across contract management, procurement, and third-party risk operations, ensuring they align perfectly with your objectives.

Step 3

Form & Template Creation

We then create customized forms, tools, and templates your personnel can use to enable consistent, compliant application of policies and procedures.

Step 4

Review & Stakeholder Alignment

Your team engages in a thorough review process to refine and align all materials, and secure approval from key stakeholders.

Step 5

Deployment Support

You then get our hands-on support to deploy your new policies and procedures, with expert change management, technology refinements, and targeted training for seamless adoption.

Comprehensive Policies & Procedures to Support Global Operations

American Councils, a global organization with 450 staff and procurement activities in over ten currencies, partnered with Vendor Centric to tackle their challenge of localized, non-standard and manual procurement operations. Over 16 weeks, Vendor Centric collaborated to establish standards, document procurement policies and procedures, provide necessary training, and implement modern technology solutions. The outcomes included standardized processes, improved compliance, automation, better staff understanding, and enhanced visibility and reporting.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Policies and procedures are the foundation for establishing clear vendor management guidelines for your organization.  Policies establish the principles for vendor management, while procedures provide detailed instructions for executing tasks. Together, they bring several significant benefits to your organization, including:

  • Transparency & accountability
  • Consistency & standardization
  • Legal & regulatory compliance
  • Risk management & dispute resolution
  • Cost control
  • Process efficiency

Our vendor management company help you define and adopt vendor management policy best practices for all critical areas of vendor lifecycle management. We utilize comprehensive vendor management policy templates and procedures workbooks to create:

  • Procurement Policies: Establishing purchasing policy and procedure manual for selecting and acquiring goods and services.
  • Purchasing Policies: Standardizing the processes and criteria for making purchases.
  • Contract Management Policies: Ensuring systematic oversight and adherence to contractual agreements.
  • Vendor Risk Management and TPRM Policies: Identifying and mitigating risks associated with external partners.
  • Vendor Onboarding Policies: Streamlining the process for integrating new vendors into your system.

We process map, and document activities that you need to manage at each stage of the vendor management lifecycle, incorporating vendor management best practices throughout, including:

  • Sourcing & procurement procedures
  • Third-party risk assessments and due diligence
  • Contract negotiations & execution
  • Vendor onboarding
  • Purchase-to-pay
  • Contract oversight & performance management
  • Risk oversight & management
  • Contract termination
  • Third-party offboarding

We focus on creating tailored solutions rather than adopting a one-size-fits-all approach. By engaging deeply with your organization through workshops and one-on-one discussions, we gain insights into your specific objectives, challenges, and existing processes. Together, we adjust and customize these to fit your specific scale, resources, and goals, ensuring the contract lifecycle management, vendor risk management, and TPRM, as well as procurement policies and procedures we develop, are practical and truly work for you.

Yes. Our methodology, aligned with vendor management best practices, involves a thorough mapping of your existing vendor management processes and guidelines to pinpoint areas for optimization. This process targets the elimination of redundant tasks, cuts out non-essential activities, and highlights opportunities for enhanced use of vendor management systems. Additionally, we focus on defining clear roles and responsibilities, which is crucial for ensuring your team can consistently and efficiently implement the updated procedures.

Our extensive experience with clients in heavily regulated sectors like banking, insurance, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and federally funded nonprofits equips us to craft vendor management policies and procedures that not only meet a wide range of regulatory requirements but are also practical and efficient. With over 80% of our clientele operating in such environments, we are adept at ensuring compliance without compromising operational effectiveness.

It is quite common for organizations to begin with minimal or no existing documentation in place. Our approach includes a set of comprehensive templates, workbooks, and forms specifically designed for such scenarios. These resources enable us to build complete contract management, vendor and third-party risk management, procurement, and purchasing policy and procedure manuals from the ground up. Beyond just documentation, we also help in developing essential documents, checklists, and templates that are crucial for standardizing vendor management processes, ensuring that your new guidelines are applied efficiently and effectively across the organization.

Absolutely. We incorporate a thorough feedback and revision cycle into our process, ensuring that key stakeholders from your organization have ample opportunity to contribute their insights. This collaborative approach guarantees that the final set of vendor management policies and procedures is right-sized to your organizational needs and is fully accurate.

Engaging with key stakeholders is a crucial part of our assessment process. We initiate this by identifying all relevant stakeholders across different levels and departments within your organization. Our engagement involves a series of structured workshops, one-on-one meetings, and regular communication channels to ensure comprehensive input and feedback. This collaborative approach allows us to understand diverse perspectives, ensure alignment with organizational objectives, and foster a sense of ownership and commitment to the assessment outcomes.

Our process is designed to shoulder the bulk of the policy and procedure development workload, insights, and direction. Our team handles the detailed analysis, interviews, workshops, and comprehensive evaluation, ensuring minimal disruption to daily operations. This approach frees time for your internal teams to concentrate on strategic oversight and decision-making. At the same time, we take care of the in-depth documentation, leveraging our expertise to deliver thorough and actionable results.

Beyond merely crafting your policies and procedures, we extend a range of services aimed at facilitating their effective implementation and adoption within your organization. These services encompass:

  1. Training Program Design & Development: Tailoring educational programs to ensure your team is well-versed in the new policies and procedures.
  2. New Software Selection & Implementation Management: Guiding you through selecting and integrating software solutions that align with your updated policies.
  3. Resource Planning: Assessing and strategizing your resource allocation to support the new procedures effectively.
  4. Implementation and Change Management Support: Providing expertise to manage the transition smoothly and ensure organizational buy-in.
  5. Managed Services: Offering ongoing support to maintain and optimize policy and procedure adherence over time.

The primary deliverables from a policy and procedure project include:

  • Policy and Procedures Manuals: Comprehensive documents that detail your organization’s policies and the step-by-step procedures for implementing these policies. These manuals serve as a reference for ensuring consistent practices across the organization.
  • Process Maps: Visual representations of the workflows associated with your policies and procedures. These maps provide a clear overview of each step in a process, identifying key activities, decision points, and responsibilities, which facilitate understanding and adherence to the established procedures.
  • Toolkit: A comprehensive collection of all necessary forms and templates designed to support the implementation of your policies and procedures. This toolkit ensures that your team has ready access to standardized documents for efficient and consistent policy application.

A typical project usually spans 2-3 months. The actual timeline will depend on your specific needs, complexities, and capacity.

You can expect a partner ready to roll up our sleeves to provide the strategic and tactical advice you need to design, document, and implement your vendor management policies and procedures. We are here to support you at every stage of your journey.

Easily. Just schedule a free consultation to share details of your project, and we will provide a personalized proposal and cost estimate, usually within a few days.