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EY Legal Contracts Counsel, Procurement - Assistant Director in Houston, Texas

At EY, you’ll have the chance to build a career as unique as you are, with the global scale, support, inclusive culture and technology to become the best version of you. And we’re counting on your unique voice and perspective to help EY become even better, too. Join us and build an exceptional experience for yourself, and a better working world for all.

Legal Contracts Counsel, Procurement - Assistant Director

At EY, you’ll have the chance to build a career as unique as you are, with the global scale, support, inclusive culture and technology to become the best version of you. And we’re counting on your unique voice and perspective to help EY become even better, too. Join us and build an exceptional experience for yourself, and a better working world for all.

Our General Counsel’s Office (GCO) supports EY’s business by serving as trusted advisors to the EY community and providing the highest quality legal services to EY’s service lines and business enablement functions.

The opportunity

As a Procurement Counsel, you’ll be a member of the Contracts Practice Group (CPG) within GCO and will provide advice, counsel and legal support on key legal issues related to the EY U.S. Firm’s procurement activities. You’ll be responsible for negotiating the legal terms and conditions of procurement contracts to effectively document procurement transactions in a manner that supports the business teams and protects the firm’s interests.

You’ll have a focus on technology products and services, software, cloud, SaaS, hardware, managed services, terms of use, outsourcing and emerging technologies (such as robotics process and intelligent automation, artificial intelligence, data analytics, and blockchain) and may also include other vendor contract categories such as meetings, events and sponsorships. You’ll work with internal stakeholders across the firm providing business and legal analysis and related guidance, interfacing extensively with teams within EY. You will also have the ability to collaborate with lawyers around the world who are members of the global GCO procurement network. You’ll report to the U.S. Lead Procurement Counsel.

Your key responsibilities

  • Serving as a trusted advisor to the procurement organization by providing practical legal advice and counseling on key legal risks associated with procurement contracts, including sponsorships, events, software, services, emerging technologies, robotics process automation and AI, as well as advising on legal issues related to EY's development, use and onward licensing of such technology in connection with EY clients, and developing solutions to such issues while effectively managing legal and practical business considerations

  • Reviewing contract requests to determine and advise on appropriate contract structure and forms based on the facts presented by the internal clients and stakeholders and the relationship between other EY member firms, if any, and the vendor

  • Drafting and negotiating technology procurement contracts

  • Working collaboratively as a member of a team of procurement lawyers and professionals, and with internal clients, to develop strategies to address identified issues

  • Effectively assessing, balancing, and communicating to business stakeholders and GCO leadership the risks and benefits associated with the multiple and sometimes competing objectives related to EY's procurement of products, services and technology

  • Drafting and negotiating client-facing professional services contracts from time to time

  • Building rapport with internal clients and stakeholders to deliver exceptional service to such clients and stakeholders

  • Understanding legal and client business goals and how they impact the types of products and services procured

  • Collaborating with other team members in working through complex issues

  • Coordinating with cross-functional teams (tax, independence, information security) and legal colleagues (data privacy, employment, alliance) in order to provide a comprehensive risk assessment and risk management

  • Understanding the firm’s policies, procedures and guidelines that are relevant to procurement transactions and how contract drafting, negotiation and execution are impacted by such items

  • Applying the effective use of existing or new tools and processes to daily work and towards developing, recommending and implementing solutions to enhance the performance of the team

  • Effectively managing workflow in a proactive and highly responsive manner

  • Developing and delivering training on legal matters, knowledge sharing and best practices

Skills and attributes for success

As the work is very complex, often urgent, you’ll need to have sound experience in negotiations, contract law, technology and software agreements, contract drafting, current market knowledge, licensing, intellectual property, transactional analysis, and procurement, and the ability to meet multiple competing priorities, often on tight timelines. Working with professionals and leaders across the firm at all levels, you’ll utilized your interpersonal skills to develop and foster those relationships with internal stakeholders. The ability to manage contract volume and respond to a broad scope of client issues in the face of internal and external pressure is key. Additionally, strong communication skills along with the confidence and ability to influence senior leaders are essential qualities in this role.

To qualify for this role, you must have

  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written

  • Excellent subject matter expertise in technology and non-technology procurement transactions and the applicable market, legal and regulatory environment impacting and informing such transactions

  • High degree of cultural and emotional intelligence, and demonstrated aptitude for resilience, flexibility, and ability to adapt to changing circumstances and dynamics

  • Ability to grasp, understand, and accurately articulate and document complex transactions

  • Ability to team effectively with colleagues in other functions and geographic locations

  • Ability to work remotely and at the EY Atlanta office on a hybrid basis

  • Expertise in negotiation techniques, contract law, contract drafting, licensing, intellectual property, procurement and project management relevant to complex technology contracts, emerging technologies (including in respect of open source software), and managed services

  • Ability to rapidly acquire comprehensive knowledge of relevant firm policies and related processes, and ability to apply such policies and processes to procurement contracts

  • Ability to assess size and scope of contemplated transactions and to tailor contracts accordingly

  • Solution-oriented nature with a focus on exceptional client service

  • Respectful and professional communication style with team members, internal colleagues and vendors

  • 3+ years of experience as a practicing attorney

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college/university, top of class preferred

  • Juris Doctor from a top national law school

  • Good standing with the GA State Bar, including being current on individual state CLE requirements

Ideally, you’ll also have

  • Experience working within a large law firm or corporate legal department within a regulated industry

  • Experience working on contracts within emerging technology industries

What we offer

We offer a competitive compensation package where you’ll be rewarded based on your performance and recognized for the value you bring to our business. In addition, our Total Rewards package includes medical and dental coverage, pension and 401(k) plans, and a wide range of paid time off options. Under our flexible vacation policy, you’ll decide how much vacation time you need based on your own personal circumstances. You’ll also be granted time off for designated EY Paid Holidays, Winter/Summer breaks, Personal/Family Care, and other leaves of absence when needed to support your physical, financial, and emotional well-being.

  • Continuous learning: You’ll develop the mindset and skills to navigate whatever comes next.

  • Success as defined by you: We’ll provide the tools and flexibility, so you can make a meaningful impact, your way.

  • Transformative leadership: We’ll give you the insights, coaching and confidence to be the leader the world needs.

  • Diverse and inclusive culture: You’ll be embraced for who you are and empowered to use your voice to help others find theirs.

If you can demonstrate that you meet the criteria above, please contact us as soon as possible.

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