HR Vendor Management and Policy Director

Nike HR Operational Services is the engine powering the full suite of HR services. These services include the activation and delivery of all HR strategies in support of a growing workforce with over 70,000 employees across the globe.

Within HR Services, the HR Operations & Risk Management team maintains a sustainable model of operational risk management. As the HR Vendor Management and Policy Director, you will play a critical role in partnering with Nike's HR Operations Leadership team to develop and activate a comprehensive vendor and policy offense. You will partner with Nike Legal, Nike Procurement, and Nike Technology to drive accountability for all HR buyers of licenses, goods or services across a suite of third party vendors supporting Nike HR. You will also work closely with internal and external partners to inventory, review and govern HR related policies.

In this role, it will be essential to drive alignment across multiple HR strategic and functional teams. You will need to think quickly and act decisively. Nike, Inc. is a fast-paced business with a focus on precision - including rapid and continuous response to strategic and regulatory changes. You will partner with HR leadership to intentionally evolve and build a team of experts based on strategy and demand.

You will be responsible for understanding and articulating financial and performance metrics for the delivery of services performed by Nike HR's vendors. This may include participating in or facilitating vendor business reviews when internal partners need support. The service we provide will be fact-based, informed by data - and with the intent of continuous improvement for both Nike partners and our vendors.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Drive the evolution of strategic HR vendor management at Nike
  • Participate in the development of vendor performance governance focusing on strategic value, account management, innovation and relationship management
  • Utilize specialized expertise to minimize compliance risks while increasing capacity of HR operational services
  • Partner with policy and risk management teams across Nike to ensure HR policies are consistent with the brand
  • Partner with HR Compliance to ensure employee handbooks are accurately maintained and relevant
  • Develop trusted relationships across the organization to effectively educate and influence risk and control issues as it relates to vendors and HR policies
  • Anticipate roadblocks, identify opportunities for improvement, and provide practical approaches to problem solving
  • Support HR partners through the navigation of Nike processes across Legal, Procurement, and Governance
  • Identify areas for HR Vendor engagement and policy process improvement
  • Identify areas where internal operational process changes may be valuable
  • Serve as a point of escalation for vendor and policy related issues
  • Advocate adherence to financial aspects of the HR Portfolio and the impacts it may have on vendors
  • Ensure vendors understand and follow Nike purchasing processes
  • Partner with HR finance teams to validate vendor invoices and navigate any dispute discussions
  • Monitor compliance with contract pricing schedules, reports, and deliverables
  • Evaluate service delivery performance with comparisons of cost, productivity, and quality across vendors to inform future sourcing decisions and strategies
  • Advise in the areas of contract analysis, after action reviews, and vendor maturity assessments

Qualifications
  • Expert in areas of vendor management and governance processes including strategic planning, financial interpretation, risk analysis, negotiation, market comparisons and resolution of vendor contractual issues.
  • Minimum of 12+ years professional experience with increasing and relevant responsibilities
  • Preferred candidates will have a combination of experience across consulting, a national law firm, corporate in-house counsel, or other relevant business experience
  • Experience operating regulatory frameworks related to HR programs and policies for multinational companies
  • Knowledge of HR Software and HR Consulting providers
  • Proven experience in areas of vendor relationships, project management, and performance management
  • Ability to lead, coach, inspire a team of indirect reports, vendors, and eventually direct reports
  • Ability to network, influence and utilize internal and external resources
  • Ability to work independently and cooperatively in a diverse group
  • Ability to lead cross functional initiatives and project teams
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to clearly articulate objectives, strong information seeking skills and ability to make things happen
  • Expert in areas of vendor management and governance processes including strategic planning, financial interpretation, risk analysis, negotiation, market comparisons and resolution of vendor contractual issues.
  • Minimum of 12+ years professional experience with increasing and relevant responsibilities
  • Preferred candidates will have a combination of experience across consulting, a national law firm, corporate in-house counsel, or other relevant business experience
  • Experience operating regulatory frameworks related to HR programs and policies for multinational companies
  • Knowledge of HR Software and HR Consulting providers
  • Proven experience in areas of vendor relationships, project management, and performance management
  • Ability to lead, coach, inspire a team of indirect reports, vendors, and eventually direct reports
  • Ability to network, influence and utilize internal and external resources
  • Ability to work independently and cooperatively in a diverse group
  • Ability to lead cross functional initiatives and project teams
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to clearly articulate objectives, strong information seeking skills and ability to make things happen


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