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Commercial Contracts Negotiator, Assistant Director

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Ernst & Young Global Limited

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Atlanta, GA

Date Last Verified

Mar 15,2018

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Mar 14,2018
Practice Area
Contract Law >> Contract Law
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Commercial Contracts Negotiator, Assistant Director The candidate will help to improve engagement profitability, manage enterprise wide risk and support market development activities. Will support planning, reporting and forecasting and analysis, or help people manage day-to-day activities, such as managing engagements, process and auditing time and expense or invoice processing. Also work with other parts of organization, sharing financial experience and insights to achieve specific goals. Will get all the support need to stay on top of regulations — and the advice and help you‘ll need to meet own professional goals. Provides support across compay’s Service Lines in negotiating professional services agreements as well as supporting procurement agreements. In addition to traditional consulting services, agreements may include large, complex technology contracts and outsourcing, as well as emerging technologies. This role involves working under the supervision of lawyers in the compay General Counsel’s Office (GCO) on the negotiation of the legal terms and conditions of contracts; providing a legal analysis of the associated risks; and related advice to address, manage and mitigate the risks identified. The work is complex and requires sound experience in professional services, technology and software licenses, contract drafting, intellectual property and the negotiation of large, complex deals. The position will report to the Lead GCO lawyer for Contracts directly and to the Deputy General Counsel- Commercial, indirectly. Responsibilities: Reviewing revisions to standard agreements and evaluating third party agreement templates against standard templates Drafting and negotiating contracts with third parties (master service agreements, professional services agreements, NDAs, outsourcing agreements, technology services agreements, systems implementation agreements, hosting agreements, software as a service agreements) to address the risks identified and levels of performance required from the third party under the supervision of attorneys within the GCO contracts group. Advising engagement teams and the relevant Service Line leaders of the key contractual risks of the proposed project and contract. Working with GCO attorneys to advise engagement teams, the relevant Service Line leaders and other stakeholders of the key legal risks of the proposed project and contract. Coordinating with cross functional teams (tax, independence, information security) and legal colleagues (data privacy, employment, alliance) in order to provide a comprehensive risk assessment and risk management. When negotiating enterprise wide agreements, consulting with stakeholders in other member firms in other countries to explain the objective of the activity, the data / personnel that will be impacted, how risks might be mitigated and managed; and to address any remaining local issues with the member firm, the client/vendor, and other stakeholders. Working to make all contractual documents compliant with company policies and maintaining an understanding of the impact of any changes in policies, organizational structure, and procedures Protecting company’s intellectual property to prevent loss/infringement by third parties through trademarks, copyrights, patents and other appropriate safeguards. Providing input and feedback concerning GCO contracting procedures. Attending GCO meetings and training sessions. Working with GCO attorneys to update templates. Provide advice based on the appropriate balance of risk mitigation and business interests on a real-time basis. Provide advice to the Service Line personnel in meeting obligations associated with contracts and agreements. Use of independent judgment and thinking applied to resolution of contract issues. Identify the projects that require communication to and consultation with counsel in GCO or in other Member Firms or other functions (e.g. independence, finance, risk management) and advise engagement teams, internal functions and Service Line leaders on how these risks can be addressed. Escalate identified key contractual provisions to Lead Contracts lawyer or Deputy General Counsel in accordance with firm policies and protocols. Work independently on nonrecurring projects, with limited direction, and will need to draw upon extensive knowledge, and experience to deliver quality risk management

Qualification and Experience

A Bachelor's degree from an accredited 4 year college is needed. Juris Doctor from an accredited law school preferred. Should have 7+ years of relevant work experience in a related role. Skills: Excellent organizational skills; demonstrated ability to create, plan and successfully execute projects; the ability to meet multiple deadlines in a fast-paced environment. Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to interface and communicate effectively and diplomatically with all levels of personnel. Excellent negotiation skills. Excellent drafting skills. Excellent interpersonal skills.
Ability: Ability to team effectively with colleagues in other functions. Ability to understand, and accurately articulate and document, complex transactions. Expertise in negotiation techniques, contract law, contract drafting, licensing, intellectual property and project management. Ability to assess size and scope of contemplated transactions and to tailor contracts and negotiation effort accordingly.

Additional info

Ref - ATL003N7

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Ernst & Young Global Limited
55 Ivan Allen Jr. Blvd
Suite 1000
Atlanta, GA 30308

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