Human Resources - Newark (NJ), NJ Manager Process Management - Vendor Governance & Planning

About the position

The Planning and Vendor Governance team within Human Resources plays a critical role in working with strategic third party providers, assessing vendor risks, and providing a framework for highly effective governance at all stages of the vendor life cycle.

The Manager will help manage the vendor governance program and ensure robust planning approaches, due diligence reviews and ongoing monitoring processes are practiced for a portfolio of vendors that support the overall Human Resources (HR) function. By collaborating closely with business leaders, external providers, and internal partners, the Manager will contribute to, and influence the direction of, evolving enterprise standards for vendor governance and third party risk management. The individual also helps enable and advance department objectives by ensuring an appropriate balance between meeting business needs, protecting the Company, and promoting high internal standards for both new and existing vendor relationships. As necessitated from time to time by evolving business needs, this individual may also lead or contribute to special projects and change initiatives that support key focus areas for the HR strategy and planning area or the broader organization.


Collaborate closely with business owners to assess risk of third party vendors, and to provide consulting and guidance to appropriately manage risk throughout the vendor lifecycle consistent with third party risk management standards

Drive results by ensuring planning, due diligence and onboarding of new vendors, and ongoing monitoring and support of changes for existing vendors are completed timely and with high quality

Manage key vendor action plans to closure based on initial due diligence or ongoing monitoring results

Partner with internal groups to ensure periodic site visits for key vendors are planned and conducted using a risk-based approach

Maintain vendor monitoring plans and other centralized vendor documentation to facilitate analysis, cross-functional information sharing, and reporting across the full inventory of third party relationships.

Act as a key interface to enterprise level groups, influence and contribute to the establishment and maintenance of enterprise-wide tools, approaches and standards related to third party risk management, and actively understand and advocate for HR’s interests.

Help establish strategy and direction for the HR Vendor Governance Program, complete program deliverables, and drive process improvement initiatives that enhance speed, streamline decision making, and promote overall simplification.

Produce periodic management reports and communications summarizing key governance results for high risk vendors, including analysis on emerging issues, and targeted updates for senior leaders.

Maintain strong, collaborative partnerships with key stakeholders across the business functions and corporate areas involved in vendor governance related efforts and communicate third party information across the organizational lines where beneficial to the enterprise.

Provide vendor governance awareness and training to new and existing stakeholders to ensure sound third party risk management program practices.

As needed, lead and/or contribute to special projects and initiatives such as strategy and business planning, department administration, or vendor contracts. This could include business cases, budget development, solution definition, project management, and senior management presentations.


•Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college / university
•Strong analytical, critical thinking and problem solving skills with ability to organize and gather facts, navigate through ambiguous or complex issues, draw conclusions, and influence desired outcomes
•Proven ability to manage collaborative relationships with a broad set of stakeholders
•Outstanding oral and written communication skills; proven ability to lead meetings and tailor messages clearly and concisely to various audiences.
•Strong capability in planning and managing a wide variety of initiatives and concurrent priorities to produce high quality deliverables within established timelines
•Results oriented self-starter, with ability to work independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced environment
•High degree of proficiency in MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Project and Visio

•Overtime may be required during busy periods
•Occasional travel may be required for vendor site visits or related meetings

Below experience is a plus:

•3+ years of vendor governance work experience in a large corporate environment; proven business experience in managing vendor risk, including conducting vendor due diligence, vendor site visits, vendor control reviews, and ongoing vendor monitoring is a plus
•Experience in consulting, third party risk management, or related control discipline such as audit, privacy or information security a plus
•Financial Services industry experience and knowledge of Human Resources functions and processes a plus

Prudential is a multinational financial services leader with operations in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Leveraging its heritage of life insurance and asset management expertise, Prudential is focused on helping individual and institutional customers grow and protect their wealth. The company's well-known Rock symbol is an icon of strength, stability, expertise and innovation that has stood the test of time. Prudential's businesses offer a variety of products and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds, asset management, and real estate services.

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