Position Purpose: Manage the recruitment and negotiation of provider and/or vendor contracts in accordance with company and state guidelinesManage recruitment of regional and/or national providers and/or vendors in accordance with corporate, health plan, and state guidelines for assigned regionsDefine, initiate, and direct operational reporting for the assigned functions including establishing goals, metrics, etcCollaborate with new business contracting departments to identify and develop provider networks utilizing provider and vendor agreementsNegotiate provider or vendor contracts, manage implementations and foster ongoing relationshipsManage contract modifications, coordinating with local health plans, legal and other applicable internal teamsInitiate and lead meetings with health plans and corporate teams, including executive management, to review vendor and provider agreement performance data and scorecards, and partnership strategyEducation/Experience: Bachelor's degree in Health Administration, Business Administration, related field or equivalent experience. 5 years of contracting, contract analysis, provider relations, contract negotiation or provider experience, preferably in a hospital, physician's office, physician group, MCO or ancillary services setting. Experience in project management, managed care, State and/or Federal health programs and working knowledge of contracting language and principles of negotiation. Previous experience as a lead in a functional area, managing cross functional teams on large scale projects or supervisory experience including hiring, training, assigning work and managing the performance of staff. Value based contracting experience strongly preferred. Valid driver's license required.Centene is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity, and values the ways in which we are different. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other characteristic protected by applicable law.