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Contracts specialist

Date: Aug 21, 2019

Location: Reynosa, Mexico, MX

Company: Corning

Requisition Number: 36951


Corning is one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science. For more than 160 years, Corning has applied its unparalleled expertise in specialty glass, ceramics, and optical physics to develop products that have created new industries and transformed people’s lives.

Corning succeeds through sustained investment in R&D, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and close collaboration with customers to solve tough technology challenges.

The Global Supply Management (GSM) Function is recognized as a critical function for business success.  It delivers the training, tools and opportunities needed to create innovative solutions for the function & the corporation.  GSM has leading edge, effective processes to anticipate and exceed customer requirements.

The Contracts Specialist will be responsible for coordinating, writing, negotiating and executing contracts and agreements in alignment with the GSM Global Contract Center of Excellence strategy. The Contracts Specialist must bring a strong business and operations acumen and execute with an appreciative balance between business competitiveness, legal compliance, and risk management needs. 
Day to Day Responsibilities:

• Collaborate  with the Law Department  to maintain and manage the standard contract templates for global usage.
• Using standard templates, drafts and reviews master agreements and amendments.
• Issues the standard template and amendments to parties for review; tracks correspondence with suppliers and conducts follow ups as necessary.
• In a coordinated fashion, communicate with members of the Law Department  regarding legal terms requiring negotiation. 
• Routes agreements and amendments for internal approval.
• Address inquiries and resolve issues, and serve as contract subject matter expert for the Professional Services and GSM business service managers.
• Creates, maintains and updates various reports within the department to communicate with related approval functions (legal, finance, GSM) contract management expectations.
• Most activities will be centralized within the Ariba Source to Contract tool to apply defined contract standards and assure compliance for the region and category.
• Within all activities, strive to develop, implement and own a consistent contracting approach and process, and to proactively strengthen and support the development of contract knowledge within the business. 


Required Experience:
• Experience in contract management and negotiations
• Business degree level understanding of contract law and compliance
• Problem Solving, Decision Making and Project Management sills
• Communication (oral & written, internal & external) skills
• Strong interpersonal and Relationship skills. Can work well in a team environment. Ability to work effectively with different personalities
• Customer Focused: Understanding Customer Requirements and Objectives and able to work with a variety of business and technical/engineering team members for positive resolutions.
• Comfortable with enterprise wide systems and able to independently create, analyze and execute business requirements based on system wide reporting.
• Demonstrated Leadership


Skills: Ability to lead colleagues in systemized management of contract executions, renewals and amendments. Ability to look at the data and situation and make an informed decision using best judgment


Desired Skills
• Ability to analyze complex contracts and the resulting business risks.
• Ideally experienced in facilitating change and driving process improvements.
• Fluent in English
• Working knowledge in secondary language is desirable
• Experience in working in cross-functional and virtual teams would be an added bonus.


Required Education:
Bachelor's degree preferably in business, finance accounting, legal studies or a directly related field.


Required Experience:
Three (3) years of professional-level experience drafting a variety of contracts and agreements. Additional directly related experience and/or education may be substituted on a year-for-year basis.