Contract Management Associate

Kalamazoo, Michigan

Posted in Pharmaceuticals

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Role Description

As part of the Vendor and Contract Management (VCM) group, this position will draft and negotiate standard contracts for Veterinary Medicine Research & Development (VMRD). This position will report to the Contract Manager, and is part of a team that also consists of Procurement Associates and Category Sourcing Managers

Responsibilities include:

  • Draft, review, negotiate, and manage standard and complex contracts (Confidentiality, Material Transfer, Service, and Sponsored Research Agreements) with external collaborators and internal business partners.
  • Work closely with Contract Manager to resolve discrepancies in legal and commercial terms; meet regularly with Corporate Counsel for review of more complex agreements.
  • Discern procurement needs and determine proper template and language to address risks associated with each purchase.
  • Review contracts to ensure that VMRD business terms are being met.
  • Align with relevant internal business functions, such as research, project management, finance, business development, sales, and marketing, as appropriate.
  • Recognize and comprehend complex intellectual property issues.
  • Partner with Category Sourcing Managers to ensure compliance with corporate and divisional procurement policies and resolve issues presented in contract negotiations.
  • Utilize the PO and Legal Request System in order to manage timely creation of supplemental contract documents (Exhibits, Scopes of Work, etc.).
  • Work with the Contract Administrator to ensure timely pairing of the PO Requests with the fully-executed legal documents.
  • Submit executed agreements to the corporate agreement management system.
  • Draft agreement templates for attorney review and approval. Assist Contract Manager in drafting in-house forms, SOPs, instructions and checklists for internal and intranet use. Make recommendation as to process improvements to minimize delays and simplify processes.
  • Interact with all levels of internal personnel and external business partners to facilitate successful negotiations with win-win situations.
  • Advise internal business partners on the contract terms.
  • Assist in training internal business partners in Vendor and Contract Management processes and terminology.
  • Provide data clean up support in VCM's purchase request system.

  • Bachelor's Degree and relevant work experience in a research environment; J.D. desirable but this is not a corporate counsel track position.
  • Minimum of 1-3 years professional-level experience working contracts/agreement management, preferably with a global, publicly traded organization.
  • Leadership, willingness to speak up, and an ability to work independently and cooperatively within an aligned team is critical for this position.
  • Demonstrate organizational, problem solving, and strong interpersonal skills. Possess superior verbal and written communication skills and be adept at interacting across all levels in the organization.
  • Ability to interact and interface with a broad range of individuals of varied disciplines and cultures, both external and internal, is essential.
  • Strong ability and willingness to be flexible and adaptable to work in a complex, global environment cross-functionally and build relationships.
  • Strong sense of customer service and willingness to work with fellow colleagues to obtain the best outcomes for the company.
  • The successful candidate will be energetic, outgoing, self-motivated and constructive in his or her approach.
  • Ability to balance competing priorities tactfully.

Desired Skills & Experience
  • Excellent computer skills.
  • Legal and/or procurement background is required.
  • Knowledge of scientific terminology desirable, but not required.
  • Knowledge of an agreement management system, preferably Ariba Contracts Pro and E-signature tool.
  • Ability to leverage the agreement management system to conduct searches, author agreements, and create reports.
  • Knowledge of foreign corrupt practices act, conflicts of interest, trade compliance and other US and Non-US regulations.

Full time



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