Corporate Counsel - Procurement

Posting Date 2 months ago(7/24/2020 4:10 PM)
Requisition ID
2020-7441
Job Location(s)
Bloomington IN United States
Position Type
Full Time
Company
Cook Group Inc.
Category
Contract Mgmt/Legal/Patents

Overview

The Corporate Counsel, Procurement role at Cook Group is responsible for providing legal advice and support covering a wide array of complex commercial issues and contracts that arise from the day-to-day operations primarily for the global procurement and supply chain functions in a manner consistent with the company's business philosophy and strategy and in compliance with legal and regulatory requirements. 

Responsibilities

  • Provides strategic advice and serves as liaison counsel primarily to Global Procurement & Supply Chain functions. Provides legal services to protect the best interests of the company as well as its integrity, reputation and assets, while ensuring the business operates and contractual terms are in compliance with applicable laws and policies.
  • Applies experience and expertise to procurement and other commercial transactions and matters to include: day-to-day counseling, advising stakeholders of potential risks and proposing practical risk mitigation strategies, providing creative legally sound solutions for resolution of disputes with commercial business partners, and identifying, developing and implementing strategies to manage risk.
  • Partners collaboratively and cross-functionally with various teams effectively and professionally throughout various levels of the global organization on matters and ensuring leadership of the law department and the company is properly and timely informed about legal issues and risks facing the business.
  • Has excellent oral and written communication skills. Drafts, structures, negotiates and reviews a wide range of commercial and vendor agreements such as direct/indirect supply agreements, technology agreements, professional services agreements, consulting agreements, confidentiality and other business and legal agreements and documents. Identifies, creates and develops commercial models including defining and drafting terms as well as contract templates.
  • Retains and manages outside counsel, budget and provides metrics and reporting as necessary.
  • Identifies legal training needs and requirements, particularly related to contracts and commercial transactions, assisting with the development and delivering of training as necessary.
  • Performs legal research as needed.
  • Able to work in collaborative and independent work situations with minimal supervision.
  • Able to multi-task and multi-deadline a large variety of projects effectively, on time and in a cost-efficient manner.
  • Thinks strategically, assists and is a trusted advisor in determining long term strategy as well as conducting day-to-day responsibilities as position and function mature.
  • Supports other areas as needed or assigned.
  • Maintains regular and punctual attendance.
  • Maintains company quality and quantity standards.
  • Able to remain calm and receptive in fast paced situations.
  • Adheres strictly to safety requirements.
  • Must work and interact effectively and professionally with and for others throughout various levels of the global organization.

 

Qualifications

  • J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school, licensed to practice law in one of 50 states.
  • At least 5+ years transactional legal experience at law firm or corporate setting, preferably in the life sciences industry.
  • Experience with contract negotiation and drafting commercial and business agreements including master agreements, short and long term agreements and complex multi-party transactions.
  • Experience and participation projects to reduce costs and improve processes, communicating effectively to internal and external stakeholders, and drafting and implementing procurement policies and procedures.
  • In-depth knowledge of contract law and procurement, policies and procedures, as well as good working knowledge of compliance regulations governing the life science industry.
  • Good business acumen and familiarity with global market and regulatory landscape affecting IT and non-IT vendor agreements including knowledge of data privacy and protection laws.
  • Strong track record of direct client interaction and advice, providing both long-term strategic advice and relative to daily activities.
  • Success in management of relationships with suppliers and internal clients through communication, performance metrics, change management and consensus building.
  • Demonstrated history of excellent management skills and legal judgment showing a capacity to make decisions and provide advice that demonstrates an understanding of overall business objectives.
  • Previous experience researching, writing and communicating effectively with a non-legal audience in a manner that conveys standard contracting and commodity terminology, procurement polices and procedures, action plans and other ideas and information.

 

Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodations
  • Majority of work is performed in general office environment
  • Sitting for extended periods, utilizes close visual acuity for working with computers, etc.
  • Ability to travel globally to interact with development, commercial, and third party entities to support contract requirements
  • Travel including domestic, international and weekends as needed
  • Attends and leads various strategic and informational meetings
  • Requires occasional early morning or evening teleconferences

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