We are seeking a proactive, forward-thinking, and results-oriented professional to join our growing legal team as Senior Manager, Legal Operations. In this role, you will demonstrate specialized expertise and partner with the Vice President of Legal Operations to define and execute on a vision to build a world-class Legal Operations function in our dynamic, high-growth environment. This role requires a highly motivated change agent who is excited about developing and leading scalable processes, organizational models, and workflows to increase the quality, efficiency, value, and effectiveness of the department’s global operations and service delivery.
How You Will Make a Difference
What you will do:
Optimize existing global processes and establish workflows for day-to-day operations by addressing complex issues related to large scale projects such as contract management, records retention, litigation support, document management and institutional knowledge management. Create efficient and effective ways of working processes by identifying opportunities, determining best practices, and creating solutions by streamlining processes.
Identify and implement legal department tools to streamline new or existing operational practices and manage design, rollout, and training for new operational processes and systems such as new hire onboarding, new technology, or process rollouts.
By partnering with senior leaders in the Legal department, create financial tracking, responsible spending practices, support Finance partners with forecasting to optimize spending and impact on business strategies. Influence all Legal team members have a financial mindset, optimize spending, ensure transparency of spending best practice and hold teams accountable by tracking, managing and analyzing spend practices.
Develop and execute a coordinated, integrated legal technology roadmap by leveraging subject matter experts across multiple functions, establish timelines and lead the implementation of related systems across all areas of Legal.
Identify, develop, and enforce processes and policies to manage legal operations including outside counsel usage and spend; selection of outside firms, negotiate alternative fee arrangements, develop billing guidelines, and optimize vendor relationships.
Partner with cross-functional teams such as Brands, HR, DT, SC and Finance teams to build on established partnerships, drive strategic company-wide initiatives, and collaborate on projects.
Demonstrate advanced knowledge, proactive planning, and skill by designing and driving legal department large scale transformation strategic projects, to positively impact the legal team’s productivity and effectiveness with on-time and on-budget results leveraging benchmarking and market best practices. Ability to be successful with ever changing priorities, flexibility to adapt to changing priorities, business drivers and organizational needs.
Create and analyze key legal department metrics and KPI’s through reports and dashboards and implement changes to drive improvement and enhance operational performance.
Free To Be, Inclusion & Diversity
As a purpose-led, performance driven company, we strive to foster a culture of belonging based on respect, connection, openness and authenticity. We are committed to building and maintaining a workplace that celebrates the diversity of our associates, allowing them to bring their authentic selves to work every day.
Skills for Success
Years of Related Professional Experience: 8 years
Educational Position Requirements: A formal education and subsequent undergraduate/graduate degrees are nice to have, but we are most interested in your total experience and professional achievements.
What we expect you already know:
Educational/ Position Requirements: B.A. or B.S. required; advanced degree preferred
Minimum 8 years of experience in a legal department, law firm, or relevant operational management role
Financial background with an eye for analytics, as well as the ability to work closely with the Finance team
Tech-savvy and well-versed in legal enterprise software, tools, and applications, such as e-billing, document management, matter management, and contract life-cycle management technology
Prior experience developing playbooks, policies, and procedures
Demonstrated ability to independently move projects forward by gaining support needed from others while working in a cross-functional role (collaboration with Finance, IT, HR, and brands)
Excellent analytical, problem-solving, and communication skills
Experience implementing alternative legal services provider programs
The ability to develop a rapport with and listen to legal team members and business leaders in order to solicit inputs along with benchmarking best practices of demonstrably successful in-house legal departments
Able to thrive in a fast-paced environment and successfully manage multiple deadlines to execute on key initiatives
Special Physical and/or Mental Requirements:
Travel by air and overnight, as required 10% amount of time
Lifting and/or bending, lifting 10 lbs. of weight
VF Guiding Principles: Live with Integrity, Act Courageously, Be Curious, Act with Empathy, and Persevere.
What’s in it For You
We’re in the business of unleashing human potential, driven by the ideas, energy and commitment of our people. That’s why we offer comprehensive benefits that encourage both mental, physical and financial well-being for all VF associates. When it comes to benefits, we’re the total package. Go to MyVFBenefits.com and click on “Looking to Join VF” to learn more.
We just have one question. Are you in?
About VF Corporation
Join the VF Family
We are one of the world’s largest apparel, footwear and accessories companies connecting people to the lifestyles, activities and experiences they cherish through our family of iconic outdoor, active and workwear brands. At the heart of our journey lies our company-wide purpose: We power movements of sustainable and active lifestyles for the betterment of people and our planet. This is our purpose. It’s the reason we come to work every day. It’s a commitment shared by all of our global associates across brands. Our purpose unites us and leads us to pursue our goals, together. This is our calling.
We believe that when you discover the difference between a career and a calling, you get so much more out of life. When those lines begin to blur, you start to limit yourself much less and start aiming for more. That’s what we want for everyone who joins us at VF. And frankly, that’s what it takes to thrive here.
Here you can do the best work of your life. We are purpose led and performance driven, people-focused and supportive. Most importantly, we believe that everyone should be empowered to be their authentic self and we power an internal movement of inclusion and belonging. Our teams are built on a global mindset, sparked by sharp minds of diverse individuals and reflects the global consumers we serve.
Bring your energy and fresh perspective, contribute to our movement and build your future with us.