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What you’ll be doing...

The Contract Manager (CM) position is responsible for contract development and management of all contractual documents, working in partnership with the Sourcing Specialist, Suppliers, internal Business and Legal Departments to negotiate and develop robust legal and commercial terms and conditions with Verizon’s Suppliers. The CM acts as an advisor and/or expert for contract related issues and must apply critical thinking skills and work independently to make sound business decisions on behalf of the Company. Day to day work of the CM requires significant interpretation of diverse contractual issues as well as the ability to identify any potential risk factors in that the business needs to consider for the execution of the Agreement. The role will alosrequireongoing contract compliance and issue resolution as needed after contract execution. The CM also works closely with Internal Audit, as necessary, and Supplier's auditors to resolve contract compliance issues. It is imperative that the successful candidate have excellent communication and negotiation skills, and the ability to project manage significant strategic deals to a timely conclusion, identifying and managing the operational, commercial, financial and legal risks to the Verizon business.

  • In accordance with Verizon's priorities and policies, review Supplier requests for changes to the terms and conditions of contracts, assess risk of implementing changes, and recommend Verizon's response.
  • Provide leadership in drafting and negotiating terms & conditions with Suppliers.
  • Act as the liaison and provide leadership among the Sourcing Specialist, Business Partner, Legal, internal SMEs and Suppliers.
  • Coordinate with Verizon Legal support to negotiate contract issue resolution with Supplier, and secure final approval of the appropriate Agreement.
  • Work collaboratively with Sourcing Specialist to ensure that all contract document templates are properly prepared for Request for Proposal (RFPs).
  • Resolve and respond to contractual related Supplier issues and/or questions.
  • Meet with Legal counsel to clarify and negotiate complex Sourcing contractual issues and or other Supplier concerns.
  • Interpret contractual rights and obligations to business partner and Sourcing Specialist.
  • Collaborate with Sourcing Legal and the applicable business partners on the improvement and development of Sourcing agreement templates and RFP/RFI documentation.
  • Develop contract strategies, and manage RFx’s and contract negotiations for large scale Outside and Inside Plant (OSP/ISP) programs.
  • Ensure that current Verizon standard language, including updated terms and conditions, is added to all contracts, as appropriate .
  • Manage supplier dispute resolution through formal or informal dispute resolution channels
  • Review and interpret Sourcing and Corporate Policy requirements.
  • Responsible for consultation and escalation to senior management of current and potential issues.
  • Attend all necessary internal training regarding Verizon policies, legal requirements and applicable technologies.
  • Work with business partners to develop a clear understanding of the evolving technologies involved in the Verizon Networks that are the subject of the legal agreements.

What we’re looking for...

You’ll need to have:

  • Bachelor’s degree or relevant work experience.
  • LLB, LLM, or BCL or equivalent.
  • Experience working in Telecom network or IT sectors.
  • Experience in contract management, sourcing, procumbent or supply chain.
  • Experience negotiating & managing agreements with significant annual spend.

Even better if you have one or more of the following:

  • Excellent, concise drafting skills that avoids ambiguity and inaccuracy.
  • Self-starter with ability to work independently.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong issue resolution and negotiation skills.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple concurrent deliverables in a very dynamic and variable environment where business assumptions fluctuate frequently.
  • Strong understanding of procurement contract clauses and principles.
  • Strong understanding of procurement contract risks and how to mitigate those risks.
  • Excellent contract drafting skills in Statements of Work (SOW).
  • Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS).
  • Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM), Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM) from the Institute of Supply Chain Management, or equivalent.
  • Certifications from the National Contract Management Association, or equivalent.
  • Certified Federal Contracts Manager (CFCM).
  • Certified Commercial Contracts Manager (CCCM).
  • Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM).
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute.
  • Lean Six Sigma experience and/or certification.