Our Team

As an Employer of Record, Strategic Contracting Services knows that we need a talented executive team that reflects the needs of your company. The SCS Team possesses a wealth of experience from a multi-disciplinary perspective.

The Diversity and Know-How of the SCS Team

From payroll processing to staff training to new hire onboarding and employee relations, our backgrounds reflect the essential combination of diversity and know-how. We provide a viable solution as an employer of record because we have a proven history of successful solutions. We have seen it before and know what to do.

When you have a question, the SCS team has the answer. As an Employer of Record, SCS gives our client companies the freedom to thrive at what they do best.

The SCS Executive Management Team

James Harwood, Partner, HR Consultant
James Harwood, Partner, HR Consultant
Professional Human Resources
Professional Human Resources

James Harwood

PARTNER, HR CONSULTANT
 

James Harwood has more than 20 years of experience providing HR client services. He has worked as a human resources executive and consultant with Fortune 500 companies, including Intel Corp. and Tektronix Inc., as well as nonprofit corporations and small businesses. He oversees HR administration departments, including payroll, benefits, and workers’ compensation. His areas of expertise include leadership and management development, employee satisfaction surveys, and performance management consultation.

As a former faculty member at Woodbury University, James Harwood has taught courses on human resources, organizational behavior and communication, and labor relations. His work as an educator has improved his ability to communicate clearly and efficiently with client companies. James Harwood expresses this balanced approach for effective HR management and HR client services:

“It’s important for leaders and managers to be as honest as they possibly can about the factors that are driving the business decisions and the realities that are leading to some of the difficult decisions, while also trying to stay as optimistic as possible about the future.”

James Harwood received a Masters of Arts in Psychology from Pepperdine University. He attended Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University and received his MBA in 1995. As the Principle HR Consulting Manager for Strategic Contracting Services, James Harwood fosters a responsive business environment that offers both responsive attention and detailed expertise to client companies.

Cana Tighe, Partner, HR Consultant
Cana Tighe, Partner, HR Consultant
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Professional Human Resources

Cana Tighe

PARTNER, HR CONSULTANT
 

A Certified Professional in Human Resources, Cana Tighe provides HR consulting and manages Strategic Contracting Services New York office. Cana brings more than 20 years of business management and human resources service administration experience to the Strategic Contracting Services HR team.

Her areas of expertise are diverse, ranging from overall HR support with client companies to management of client payroll processing, payroll tax administration and employee benefits administration.

Cana enjoys working directly with clients, strategic planning and developing strong bonds with both managers and employees.

“Our clients and their employees rely on us and our service sets us apart because we are present and part of the solution, we don’t just offer templates and generic advice.”

Samantha Harwood, Director of Client Services
Samantha Harwood, Director of Client Services
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Professional Human Resources

Samantha Harwood

PARTNER, HR CLIENT SERVICES
 

Samantha Harwood worked as the Director of Client Services at Strategic Contracting Services, a staffing company, where she managed multiple client accounts. She supported the overall development of the company by building new relationships and maintaining positive relationships with existing clients. When clients needed help and support, Samantha Harwood became their go-to team member.

Before becoming the Director of Client Services, Samantha spent a couple of years as a human resource and payroll implementation specialist. Samantha worked at a large HR and payroll software system, Paycom, where she onboarded new clients from their previous Human Capital Management solution. She enjoys managing the communication channels between her clients and the internal support team, ensuring that all deadlines are met.

Samantha Harwood’s areas of expertise include customer service, implementation, project planning, and extensive knowledge of payroll and HR technology platforms.