Companies are relying on vendors for the achievement of their business objectives through outsourcing of development, creating products and services, consulting and augmenting staff.  

What it takes

Candidates who can create and manage a comprehensive vendor risk program are in high demand. They must understand the risk of dealing with vendors, have a background in audit and risk, and face clients with strong project management skills.

The ability to drive policies, practices, tools and metrics is the key to success. Salary: $100,000 to $150,000-plus.