In a recent survey conducted by the Technology TPRM Forum, Third Party Risk leaders indicated a growing focus on establishing strong partnerships with internal vendor management teams. This was identified as the top action with the intended benefit being able to more effectively support business demand.
While the value of an aligned VMO-FLOD is clear, reality of establishing the needed collaboration remains elusive.
- Vendor Management teams must become more aware of risk as a necessary dimension to incorporate in their operations and not view FLOD representatives as an extension of internal audit.
- FLOD team members must bring value, enabling the VMO to meet business demands with risks assessment and monitoring integrated into operational process.
- VMO must see value – FLOD must establish credibility.
Essentially an environment of trust and an appreciation for one others perspective is required to pull the team together. Without this foundation, no level of effort will yield the necessary results. FLOD will take on more of an oversight function, impacting SLOD effectiveness and ultimately lessening the contribution of audit.
The Technology TPRM Forum intends to conduct a follow-up survey among TPRM and VMO leaders to identify specific best practices being leveraged today to form a strong, productive VMO/TPRM bond.