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Senior Contracts Counsel
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Senior Contracts Counsel The candidate will redline and edit contract language, suggest alternate terms based on the needs of the engagement/stakeholder and incorporating client-defined standards. Review and provide feedback on vendors data privacy and data security language to ensure optimal protection for clients. Identify terms and conditions options, and/or carve-out strategies, to VGS personnel and client stakeholders to resolve contract negotiation roadblocks while limiting risk. Liaise with in-house legal counsel in the review and final approval of initial contracts and renewals. Engage with department leaders to discuss upcoming contract renewals. Facilitate terms negotiation process and act as liaison between internal and external personnel throughout process including identifying points of escalation. Communicate pertinent information in the Terms and Conditions of each contract to appropriate end users. Effectively manage a pipeline of work including tracking status of reviews, providing proactive updates to stakeholders, and timely follow-up internal and external. Manage administration of contracts - track, analyze, aggregate, and report necessary information, using our proprietary contract management technology. This includes Key milestones, incentives, notifications, commencement and expiration dates of agreements, support contact information, and collecting information to determine the Firm's needs before negotiations. Act as key point of contact for any questions/needs regarding contracts. Develop and administer standard agreement templates including Non-Disclosure Agreements, Standard contracts, and Statements of Work. Support Vendor Governance processes including on/off-boarding of vendors, risk management, and relationship management. Maintain and facilitate proactive planning and contract management meetings with key stakeholders.

The candidate should have a Juris Doctor (JD) and 4+ years of work experience in a professional service organization and related experience in contract development, redlining, legal terms review, negotiations, and contract management. Working knowledge of data privacy and data security laws (such as GDPR), and experience negotiating contractual language for said data laws, are required. Experience in reviewing UK and US contracts is desired. Proven ability to interpret complex policies and legal language, and assess business risk and help plan a risk mitigation approach. Ability to build collaborative relationships and effectively communicate (orally and written) with managers, internal clients, vendors, colleagues and support staff. Demonstrates proactivity and takes ownership of daily responsibilities and projects, including contract administration. Effective organizational skills in a multitasked environment. Extremely responsive and customer-focused; appropriate follow-up and follow-through. Commitment to superior quality and accuracy. Willingness to learn and adapt to change. Procurement sourcing experience or a history of negotiating with vendors a plus.

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