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Legal Buyside Contracting counsel for Poland and global projects

Warsaw Job No. r00192790 Full-time

Job Description

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Global Legal Network (GLN) is a group of professionals operating globally from 10 countries. It provides a broad spectrum of differentiated services - focused on delivering value and innovation. We partner with Legal teams across Accenture to build efficiencies and centres of excellence related to Legal services; and through our size, geographic spread and language diversity, the Global Legal Network is able to drive quality, agility and speed in our services, aligned to Accenture’s relentless focus on maximum efficiency and operational effectiveness.

Legal Buyside Contracting is a focused legal function for third party contracting. The team is involved with drafting, reviewing and negotiating third party supplier contracts for Accenture and acts as a legal advisory services function leveraging technology to deliver support.

Legal Buyside Contracting Role Summary – to provide comprehensive legal support to Procurement and Business teams in Poland and globally which includes drafting, reviewing, negotiation and execution of contracts, NDA’s and other documents relevant to procurement support in accordance with company policies and procedures, applicable laws and customer requirements. Provide advisory support to procurement and business teams by driving the creation of templates, standardize the templates, maintain and continuously improve the standard contract templates and procedures for complex buyside deals in accordance with changing laws and company policies. Develop specialized subject-matter expertise in support area to seamlessly address any potential risks or issues.

Responsibilities aligned to Role

  • Draft, review and negotiate supplier/buyside agreements (incl. high value and highly complex) and similar/related documentation with Accenture suppliers in Poland and globally, to procure various goods and services including but not limited to areas like Contractors, Human Resources Support, IT & Telecom, Marketing & Communications, Workplace Support (Facilities & Services), Software as a  Service etc. in accordance with Accenture’s supplier contracting standards, applicable laws, and business requirements
  • Address complex contract queries and matters regarding contract negotiations, obligations and revisions. Identify risks and issues, suggest alternatives that lead to the best solutions. In this regard effectively manage the internal stakeholders such as deal teams, Solution Architects, Procurement, HR, Workplace, Finance, Marketing & Communications etc.
  • Act as a point of contact from legal and work closely with the stakeholders to help them understand the contractual clauses in terms of interpretation and applicability in the contract basis for the business opportunity
  • Conduct gap analysis and create legal risk assessment by identifying and flagging potential risks to Accenture and/or clauses which are non-negotiable. Provide recommendations to Business and other related stakeholders to sensitize them on the extent of risk Accenture exposes itself to in context of the services and to minimize or mitigate such risks effectively
  • Structure the legal transactions to be most advantageous from a contracting and business perspective and manage potential escalations of serious or unresolved issues in accordance with prescribed guidelines
  • Autonomously work across all categories and complexities of contractual agreements with vendor/client deals including reviewing, advising and negotiating legal issues
  • Provide team members with positive and developmental feedback on their work product, conduct etc. as a supervisor or quality assurance resource
  • Create and develop training materials for the team as well as to the internal stakeholders to ensure transactions are completed in accordance with applicable company policies, procedures and local laws.
  • Stay updated on the leadership vision and developments affecting the company, its clients, and industries and orchestrate the information to incorporate it into company’s vendor contracting practices.

Qualifications

Qualifications

Education

  • University degree in Polish Law

Certifications and Membership

  • Contract related global professional certification considered a plus

Work Experience

  • Minimum 7 years of relevant experience at law firm or as in-house counsel and/or in legal outsourcing
  • Experience with drafting, reviewing and negotiating agreements for suppliers in Poland and other countries

Knowledge and Skill Requirements

  • Expert level understanding of both commercial and legal contractual risks and displaying ability to provide business-oriented legal advice
  • Fluent in Polish and English with strong oral and written skills, including legal terminology and ability to formulate/revise legal documents  
  • Ability to work with internal and external teams to assist with day-to-day support. Experience in managing end-to-end projects and teams on function specific processes and/or areas, work with internal and external teams, and understanding delivery requirements
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills, detail-oriented, sound judgement, adaptable, demonstrated promptness, accuracy and consistency with the activities supported, and driving tasks to closure, strong time management, prioritization, organizational skills
  • Ability to effectively manage priorities and stakeholder expectations and build trust-based relationships by delivering on commitments
  • Ability to effectively work with and influence senior management
  • Good understanding of Accenture offerings and function specific services performed, very good understanding of commercial agreements, legal and compliance fundamentals, corporate business practices, and contracting regulations
  • Comfortable with technology and has experience in the use of tools & databases, with proficiency using Microsoft Office applications (e.g Excel, Word, PowerPoint, MS Teams)

Behaviors and Attributes

  • Open to work with and understand cross-cultures and locations throughout Accenture global organization 
  • Understand the value of diversity and recognize the strengths that different styles, innovative perspectives and experiences bring to Accenture 
  • Demonstrate inclusion and respect for all individuals regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, belief, age, disability, culture, social status and/or sexuality 
  • Leader as well as team player, collaborative and persuasive; able to work well with executives and non-executives.

Work Requirements

  • Travel may be required
  • Fluency in Polish and English with very strong oral and written communication skills.

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