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Associate Director, Contracts & Procurement

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Public Interest

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Non-practicing Attorney

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Aug 16, 2021

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May 03, 2021

Years of Experience

Min 8 yrs required


Washington, DC, United States

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Associate Director, Contracts & Procurement
The candidate will be responsible for supporting the drafting, negotiation, review & approval, and execution of contracts with Clinical's commercial customers, vendors and strategic partners. Reporting to the Director, Global Contracts & Procurement, the candidate will work closely with senior management in the Finance, Proposals, Clinical and Business Operations to support sponsored projects and internal requirements. Will lead the review process for simple to complex contractual arrangements and support large strategic projects and corporate initiatives. The successful candidate will provide support to other members of the Contracts & Procurement team as required. This position will be remote (home based). Responsible for the drafting, reviewing, negotiating, finalizing, and managing agreements with third parties (sponsors & vendors) including, but not limited to: confidentiality agreements, consulting agreements, master services agreements, clinical trial agreements, statements of work, change orders, task orders, and data privacy and information security agreements. Follow and implement department processes to maintain transparency to the review/negotiation process for internal stakeholders and track status of current contracts from opportunity to closeout in the CRM tool. Interact with various internal clients and functional groups to effectively address legal and business questions and provide guidance as well as practical solutions. Identify risks and efficiently communicate those risks to appropriate internal decision-makers for discussion and resolution. Advise operations staff, finance partners, and other stakeholders at all levels regarding contract terms and conditions, applicable policies and procedures, and best practices to advance Clinical's business objectives. Assist with the development of policies, processes and SOPs that standardize and streamline the internal contracting process, including developing and updating contract templates and standard provisions to be utilized in various scenarios. Sound business judgement is required; escalation of troublesome or unfamiliar contract/legal questions as appropriate. Understand risk mitigation strategies and make credible and supportable arguments during negotiations or issue resolution. Must have excellent customer-service orientation, high degree of professionalism, and ability to work in an entrepreneurial setting. Extensive experience drafting, reviewing, and negotiating a wide range of agreements in support of commercial CRO operations. Ability to review, analyze, assess risk, and summarize findings for standard and non-standard contractual agreements. Familiarity with clinical trial agreements/site contracts in support of clinical studies considered a plus. Knowledge of general corporate business practices, commercial contracting regulations and principles, and subcontracting / vendor management practices. Expert negotiation skills and understanding of the negotiation process, particularly as it relates to subcontract/vendor management. Solid understanding of information systems. Familiarity with Salesforce CRM, DocuSign, Costpoint, SharePoint & Kissflow preferred. Working knowledge of relevant business systems needed to support contract and procurement management activities. Ability to meet business-driven deadlines and commitments while maintaining a high level of quality and professionalism. Proven track record demonstrating ability to work collaboratively with geographically dispersed teams. Excellent written and oral communications skills. Exercises discretion and good judgment while handling confidential and sensitive information with the ability to show good judgment, honesty, and trust building behaviors in all dealings. Bachelors’ degree required; Masters’ or Professional Degree preferred, such as MBA, J.D., or the international equivalent. Preferred Job-related Experience: 8+ years’ experience required, with a minimum of five years of experience at a commercial CRO negotiating sponsored or vendor contracts. 5+ years' experience of negotiating clinical site contracts / CTAs preferred. 2 years’ experience in line management and oversight roles a plus. Any training specific to the role, such as contract negotiation, process improvement, or other, a plus. Knowledge of PMBOK / CMBOK principles a plus. Familiarity with Microsoft Office 365 suite of products.

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Requisition - 2021200727

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Hiring Coordinator
FHI 360.
1825 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20009

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