Provide legal counsel to internal business clients regarding routine legal matters, transactions, and project-based corporate initiatives, with a primary focus in the areas of contracts and vendor relationships.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Effectively draft, negotiate, review, and interpret rights and obligations under contracts covering a broad range of corporate transactional matters, including technology (software, SaaS, hardware), professional services, confidentiality/non-disclosure, general commercial and real estate, including Statements of Work and Service Level Agreements.
- Manage a high volume of medium to high complexity matters with a significant degree of independence.
- Work closely with the Strategic Sourcing group and Contract Managers to ensure efficient and effective administration of contracts.
- Prepare form or template contract documents and provisions to encourage the development of a consistent set of expectations for various business engagements, including consulting services, software licenses and SaaS (or other “cloud”) services.
- Help OCC to develop and revise contracting processes to meet the company’s business, regulatory guidance and industry best practices. Help OCC to identify, plan for, and implement tools that support these processes.
- Identify and manage potential legal risks with respect to contracts, and other matters, propose practical risk mitigation strategies, and provide creative legal solutions for resolution of disputes with contractual partners.
- Review, draft, and provide advice regarding policies, procedures, memoranda and business communications relative to the foregoing and other areas on an as-needed basis.
- Mentor and train OCC staff on the contracting process.
- Ensure the Company is apprised of legal developments in matters technology contracting and vendor relations.
- Interface with outside counsel, as needed, with respect to matters described above.
- Perform other duties as required.
- Strong experience with contracts and vendor management. Experience with a large law firm or sophisticated in-house practice preferred.
- Knowledge and familiarity with laws, rules, regulations, and industry standards concerning one or more of the above-mentioned practice areas.
- Knowledge and familiarity with data privacy and data security issues and risks, and addressing these risks via contractual obligations.
- Experience working with regulated financial institutions preferred.
- Comprehensive analytical, conceptual, and problem solving skills.
- Responsive, well-organized and capable of managing several significant assignments at the same time.
- Ability to quickly understand and balance the needs of both individual clients and the broader organization.
- Ability to promptly produce high-quality, detailed work product.
- Ability to work independently and quickly shift priorities in response to changing business environment.
- Ability to communicative effectively and work collaboratively with both non-technical and highly technical individuals across different departments and at various levels of seniority, including security and risk professionals, engineers, software developers, and other business teams, as well as with outside counsel.
- Able to establish working relationships quickly and gain credibility with peers. Proven “team player” who can both provide and accept professional constructive criticism.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills. Able to write in an effective, efficient and succinct manner.
- Excellent client management skills.
- Word processing, Excel and e-mail skills.
Education and/or Experience:
- Juris Doctor or equivalent degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.
- 4-7 years of related experience either at a law firm or in-house.
- Degree from accredited college or university.
Certificates or Licenses:
- Admitted to practice law in Illinois.
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OCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer
OCC is the world's largest equity derivatives clearing organization and the foundation for secure markets. Founded in 1973, OCC operates under the jurisdiction of both the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). OCC now provides [...]