Procurement Legal Expert (JN -092019-4031)

Our client is a leading telecommunication and digital services provider which serves 50 million customers and employees over 12,000 people around the world. They are currently looking for a Procurement Legal Expert, to provide legal expertise to Procurement to facilitate all contract development activities:

  • Develop individual procurement contracts and contract templates, in support of the Group category teams
  • Negotiate contract terms with vendors, supported by the Sourcing Managers
  • Provide first-hand legal advice to the sourcing and supply relationship teams in case of claims, contract change request and contract disputes
  • For supply contracts, be the interface with the Group & Local legal teams, and with the vendor legal teams. Ensure ultimate contract approval from the Group & Local Legal teams
  • Pursue continuous improvement: Improve contract structures and clauses, roll out bestcontracting practices, improve the contracting process

Qualifications / Requirements

  •  Fluent in Spanish and English and (written & verbal)
  • Very effective and structured senior communication style (written & verbal)
  • Ability to effectively communicate and influence senior stakeholders
  • Fact-based and meticulous approach to resolving issues
  • Strong people manager and team developer, also in a decentralized environment
  • Highest level of integrity
  • Strong sense of ownership, customer and solutions oriented
  • Demonstrable problem solving skills with an ability to manage complexity and ambiguity

Responsibilities

Develop individual procurement contracts and contract templates

  • Understand the category purchasing requirements and company objectives to minimize (legal) risk and maximize value
  • Develop contract templates that best reflect our objectives, depending on the category needs, deal complexity, value, or risk
  • Develop specific contracts during sourcing initiatives, reflecting the specific scope and negotiation dynamic

Negotiate contract terms

  • Identify negotiation tactics to build buy-in with suppliers on legal clauses
  • Negotiate directly with supplier to explain and create buy-in on the target contract setup

Provide first-hand legal advice

  • Advise and train procurement teams in a proactive manner on all aspects of contract design, development, and implementation management
  • Train internal users on the intent and interpretation of specific contracts, so these users can effectively manage suppliers while protecting our interests and rights.
  • Train our internal stakeholders on the basics of contract law
  • Advise on contractual rights/obligations when disputes arise with supply agreements.
  • Draft and help negotiate formal claims and escalations

Be interface with Group and Local Legal Teams

  • Gain internal alignment on the proposed contract terms, ensure they reflect our Group and Local legal requirements and constraints
  • Liaise with local legal teams on all local legal specifics
  • Ensure contract approval by the Company’s legal teams
  • Involve Group and Local legal team to support negotiations/disputes as and when required

Pursue continuous improvement

  • Improve contract structures and clauses to match best practice
  • Perform risk analyses to understand the areas of contract exposure
  • Monitor progress of all contracting activities and report on lead time KPIs
  • Promote the reputation and integrity of the team.

Education / Training

  • Master of Laws or similar degree
  • Additional certifications valued (e.g. procurement, project mgt., contract mgt.)

Background

  • At least 5 years of business experience
  • At least 2 years of experience in general commercial law and related contractual arrangements with international vendors, ideally in support of a group procurement organization in a multinational company
  • Strong affinity with international procurement activities and good understanding of the procurement category management processes
  • Solid negotiation skills and business acumen
  • Track record of dealing with high-profile suppliers and senior international stakeholders
  • Experience with negotiating complex managed services, IT licenses, or multi-year Capex commitments
  • Industry experience: Experience with the telecoms industry is a valued plus
  • Geographic experience: International, ideally covering also Latin America