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Legal Contracts Counsel Associate Director
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Legal Contracts Counsel Associate Director Responsibilities: Coordinating activities of team of contract negotiation professionals. Coordinating with attorneys and leadership in other US offices. Advising client engagement teams and the relevant Service Line leaders of the key legal risks of the proposed project and contract, including what legal and regulatory issues need to be addressed early in the process. 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. 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. When negotiating an agreement with implications beyond the US firm, , consulting with legal counsel in other member firms to explain the objective of the activity, the data / personnel that will be impacted, how risks will be mitigated and managed; and to address any remaining local issues with the affected member firm(s), the counterparty, and other stakeholders. Working to make all contractual documents compliant with policies and maintaining an understanding of the impact of any changes in policies, organizational structure, and procedures. Protecting 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. Foster compliance by partners, principals and employees with all applicable laws, rules and regulations. Provide advice to the Service Line personnel in meeting obligations associated with contracts and agreements. 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 can be addressed. Escalate identified key contractual provisions to Lead Contracts lawyer or Deputy General Counsel in accordance with the Procurement Elevation Protocol as necessary. Work independently on nonrecurring projects, with limited direction, and will need to draw upon extensive knowledge and experience to deliver quality risk management.

Qualifications: A Bachelor's degree from an accredited 4 year college. JD Degree from an accredited law school. Membership in the State Bar as an attorney qualified to practice law in state where office is located. Good standing with the State Bar including being current on individual state Continuing Legal Education requirements. 8-10 years of relevant experience within a law firm or a corporate legal department. 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 EY personnel. Excellent negotiation skills. Excellent drafting skills. Excellent interpersonal skills. Excellent leadership skills. High degree of cultural and emotional intelligence. 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. Highly responsive with ability to manage high workload volumes efficiently and effectively. Commercial solution-oriented thinking with focus on exceptional client service. Works independently with limited supervision. Will directly manage and/or counsel others. Will coach and develop team members. Comfortable proceeding based on guidance and general direction rather than hands-on micro management and supervision. May provide direction to outside counsel. Provides briefings on active matters to Associate General Counsel-Contracts. Updates colleagues on legal developments.
 
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