Service Level Managers are effective negotiators with responsibility for agreeing service levels and key performance indicators for IT services with the business (e.g. for system availability and performance). They document these in a set of service level agreements (SLAs) and contracts against which they monitor performance.
On the supply side, the Service Level Manager ensures the various IT support teams understand the capabilities they need to deliver effective services, and draws up operational level agreements (OLAs) defining the services that each area is responsible for. This can include managing contracts with third party/cloud services.
They are responsible for analysis and reporting performance against targets to business leaders, and for contributing to plans to improve underperforming services.
The Service Level Manager works closely with the Business Relationship Manager to understand and define requirements for new services. Whereas the focus for the Service Level Manager is on reaching agreement on the level of service, the Business Relationship Manager is typically a more senior role with strategic responsibility to determine which services the IT organization will deliver. Business relationship management is a possible progression route for service level managers.
- Maintain a up-to-date catalogue of IT services
- Negotiate SLAs with business customers and OLAs with IT support teams
- Monitor and report performance against agreed targets and performance indicators
- Carry out service reviews to review performance.
Potential Next Steps
Business Relationship Manager, Supplier Relationship Manager, IT Service Operations Manager.
How to get there
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