Governance Program Manager

Date: Aug 9, 2019

Location: Golden Valley, MN, US, 55344

Tennant Company is a recognized leader of the cleaning industry. Since 1870 we have been passionate about developing innovative and sustainable solutions that help our customers clean more spaces more effectively, addressing indoor and outdoor cleaning challenges. Our products include equipment for maintaining surfaces in industrial, commercial and outdoor environments; detergent-free and other sustainable cleaning technologies; cleaning tools and supplies; and coatings for protecting, repairing and upgrading surfaces. With more than $1B in revenue, Tennant Company operates in three geographic business units including the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa and Asia Pacific. Join the company committed to empowering our customers to create a cleaner, safer and healthier world with high-performance cleaning solutions that minimize waste, reduce costs, improve safety and further sustainability goals.


This role manages and oversees all activities and owns strategic direction of the newly formed Governance & Control Team. This role acts as a strategic business partner with leadership and collaborates with many internal team members within service, sales, finance and operations, focusing on strict process adherence, compliance with company policy and innovation across functions to help develop and deliver distinctive value. This role will determine team goals and ensure team goals are consistently met. This role will be an essential partner on key cross functional initiatives and projects.



  • Collaboratively creates, documents and implements work procedures and processes that support company and departmental objectives.
  • Owns governance processes for multiple workstreams and ensures processes are followed consistently.
  • Develops, plans, directs, manages and evaluates workflow.
  • Provides guidance to team that coordinates work activities with internal stakeholders to achieve the volume expected to meet operational requirements.
  • Owns strategic direction and frequent, effective communication to employees so that Governance and Control responsibilities are executed in a timely, efficient and knowledgeable manner.
  • Makes well rounded decisions that are best for the organization and escalates issues appropriately to  Sales management.
  • Performs constant monitoring of service level compliance and report on operational metrics.
  • Motivates, mentors and coaches team to help them achieve their highest performance level.
  • Responsible for performance appraisals, recognition, employee development and hiring.
  • Provides monthly/quarterly/annual reviews of team.
  • Maintains time and attendance compliance ensuring proper documentation is recorded. Responsible for communicating procedural changes and all team scheduling.
  • Reports and manages any disciplinary and/or performance problems according to company policy.
  • Ensures employees have appropriate training and other resources to perform their duties.
  • Responsible for staff quality assurance, promoting order accuracy and customer satisfaction.
  • Participates in or leads impactful projects with cross-functional teams as requested



  • Bachelors Degree required.
  • Minimum of 7-10 years experience in business to business, finance, and/or sales environment
  • Demonstrated excellence in current position for internal candidates.
  • Financial background/acumen preferred.
  • SAP experience preferred.



  • Uses appropriate judgment in communications across the organization and to multiple levels of stakeholders.
  • Ability to create alignment and drive positive change by establishing a clear line of sight between customer needs, organizational objectives and individual roles.
  • Ability to use data to help inform strategy and direction.
  • Strong ability to manage multiple responsibilities and demands and comfortable initiating and managing change
  • Proven ability to execute and oversee complex processes and procedures.
  • Develops and maintains productive work relationships across levels, functions and geographies, and models the importance of teamwork.
  • Examines issues from multiple perspectives as applicable to develop well-reasoned, sustainable solutions to problems.
  • Takes initiative and ownership to identify and achieve goals and objectives. Conveys appropriate sense of urgency.
  • Ability to utilize critical thinking to identify, analyze and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Understands and is responsive to others' needs and concerns; demonstrates effective listening skills. Is respectful and considerate of others; values diversity and embraces differences in people and approaches.
  • Through effective execution, regularly achieves objectives and desired benefits. Sets appropriate timelines and follows projects and tasks through to completion. Strives for quality in everything he/she does.
  • Emphasizes and participates in the development of him/herself and others and applies effective coaching skills to develop staff.
  • Understands the importance of his/her role as a representative of Tennant by demonstrating a positive and professional service orientation to internal and external customers.
  • Ability to diffuse difficult interactions leading to positive results.
  • Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills.
  • Strong problem solving skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent written, verbal and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent ethics and judgment.
  • Ability to develop and implement process improvements.


Let us introduce you to Tennant Company. We’re everywhere. In your sports clubs, shopping malls, office buildings, parking lots. We make things that make things look like new. We bring new cleaning ideas to market. There is new dirt every day and our machines clean it up. With manufacturing operations and sales, service and support functions across globe, your journey at Tennant can take you places you never expected. If you want to get your hands dirty on a project, step up with your own ideas, or maybe even explore talents you never knew you had, Tennant Company is a place where that can happen. Because at Tennant, we like to think like new. Begin your journey with us. Let's reinvent how the world cleans.


Equal Opportunity Employer

Tennant Company is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made on the basis of individual skill, ability, reliability, productivity, and other factors important to performance. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, veteran status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, or any other basis protected by state or federal law or local ordinance.


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