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Lead Operations Consultant - Vendor Optimization and Relationship Manager

Apply Now Job ID: LAW0000CD Date posted: 11/21/2018 Location: 0501 - HQ MN Minneapolis Downtown, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Description:

Vendor Optimization and Relationship Manager

Classification: Exempt

Date: November 2018

About us:

Target is an iconic brand, a Fortune 50 company and one of America’s leading retailers.

To match the signature style and passion of Target’s distinctive and beloved retail brand, Target Legal Affairs is a dynamic and deeply knowledgeable team of legal pros, each with valuable expertise from several disciplines. Whether specializing in government affairs, policy, risk management, regulatory compliance, ethics or employee and labor relations, this team advocates for Target and its business plans in communities across the nation and works across the entire company to provide internal clients with cohesive guidance. We are committed to being internal experts to both internal and external entities on key issues that affect Target’s ability to productively do business. We focus on defining, investigating, anticipating and ultimately mitigating risk in all its forms. We apply our grasp of brand law by overseeing, maintaining and ensuring correct, consistent and authorized use of Target’s signature Bullseye logo, assets and other trademarked material. We help protect Target and its subsidiaries by applying our comprehensive understanding and interpretation of the laws that govern our stores, distribution centers and corporate locations. Here, you’ll enjoy working autonomously with a healthy work-life balance. Your passion for learning the business and building relationships with the senior leaders and key business partners that you support will be key to tackling the ever-changing legal challenges we face in a dynamic and fast-paced retail landscape. From brand and patent law to contract development and negotiations, you’ll be challenged and gratified by a role with Target Legal Affairs.

A role in Legal Affairs-Strategy and Operations means creating the effective and efficient processes and tools that Legal Affairs uses to deliver exceptional service to their enterprise clients. Your support will be key in times of change and to ensure the success of large-scale business projects. You’ll build valuable relationships and make a positive impact as you coordinate critical resources across teams.

As a Lead Operations Consultant-Vendor Optimization and Relationhip Mgmt, you will drive Outside Counsel (OC) panel management and law firm utilization strategy. Enhance and maintain trusted, reliable and mutually beneficial vendor relationships with all OC and legal service vendors.Ensure a consistent approach to manage the vendor relationships, resulting ingreater value from strengthened OC relationships, favorable rate negotiations and enhanced best practices for selection, onboarding, performance management, evaluation and termination of our firms.

Job duties may change at any time due to business needs.

About you:

  • Experience in legal pricing environment

  • Proven communication experience with partner level outside counsel and pricing directors of law firms

  • Demonstrable experience in designing, negotiating and evaluating alternative fee arrangements

  • Experience with Legal Technology(Serengeti or other matter mgmt. systems)

  • Bachelor’s degree

  • 6-9 years of work experience

  • Computer skills:Access, PowerPoint, Excel, Word, SharePoint, Outlook

  • Demonstrated ability to develop strong relationships and influence outside firms and senior leaders

  • Diplomatic presence to handle fee discussions with tenured and valued outside counsel firms

  • Strong analytical, problem-solving and strategic thinking skills

  • Strong project management skills and experience, including ability to manage multiple complex projects and priorities

  • Ability to lead through change, communicate effectively and gain trust and support of key stakeholders

  • Drives for results and manage execution: coordinate, prioritize, establish goals, ensure timelines are being met and use resources
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; tailors message by audience, negotiate consequences, handle crisis, setbacks and conflicts constructively and diplomatically, and provide essential information to the right people at the right time
  • High level of initiative and organization, with the ability to be resilient and adaptable and manage ambiguity, risk, uncertainty and changing directions
  • Works independently with limited direction


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