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Assessment & Qualifications Senior Contracts Manager in Des Moines, Iowa

Sr. Contracts Manager

The Sr. Contracts Manager will work within the function and with internal and external customers, vendors, and other third parties. This role also plays an essential role in the successful execution of the core legal protections needed by NCS Pearson and its Pearson VUE business including the authority to negotiate contracts of significant impact with Pearson VUE’s Certiport business, e-commerce business, and professional clients.

The Sr, Contracts Manager is responsible for fulfilling various tasks within the legal team from contract negotiation with regulatory and professional clients, contract review; issue identification; contract proofreading, legal research, and additional legal projects; and monitoring of business practices for legal and contract compliance. This role is also responsible for organizing and maintaining signed agreements, associated forms and legal documents, and existing agreements with sponsors, service providers, and consultants.

Core Competencies

  1. Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  2. Strong contract drafting and negotiation skills.

  3. Aptitude for problem-solving while remaining within company guidelines.

  4. Must be a strong multi-tasker and have experience in coordination across departments.

  5. Must have the ability to work independently and to prioritize work tasks.

Scope and Impact of Job

Provide contract services, review, and advice at the direction of other members of the legal department. Working closely with other legal and functional professionals in School Assessments both internal and external customers, vendors, and other third parties. Experience with contracts law, state, and local procurement law, and experience in areas of technology, contract review, and negotiation are a plus. Experience in legal practice areas is helpful.

Primary Responsibilities

  1. 65% Contract Administration, Negotiation and Compliance

  2. Provides drafting and negotiation of agreements, compliance review, and advice to the business.

  3. Negotiate, draft, and review customer, technology, vendor, software, and other transaction agreements on behalf of global business.

  4. Stay current on relevant legal and regulatory changes as assigned and monitor business practices to ensure that contract activities are in full compliance with the contract and applicable law.

  5. Experience analyzing and advising on legal risk and issues in highly complex or ambiguous situations including consideration of the impact and long-term effect of various possible decisions/solutions.

  6. Drafting and formatting statements of work, amendments, agreements, and notices of termination.

  7. Coordinate the gathering of information from various departments in the preparation of contracts and other legal documents.

  8. Maintaining knowledge of relevant legal and regulatory changes.

  9. Monitoring business practices.

  10. 20% Communications

  11. Communicating with senior members of the legal team and functional professionals in School Assessments, internal and external customers, vendors, and other third parties.

  12. Managing relationships with internal customers and outside counsel.

  13. Negotiating statements of work, amendments, agreements, notices.

  14. 15% Other duties as assigned.

  15. Included but not limited to legal research projects and obtaining expertise in growing areas of the law.

Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

  • Negotiating and drafting customer and vendor contracts (including reviewing, issue-spotting, and reviewing statements of work, amendments, agreements, notices, and other legal documents).

  • Knowledgeable of the contract/legal process (scope of agreements; implications, use, and interaction of various forms and templates; principles of risk and legal compliance).

  • Solid understanding of basic principles of contracting and legal compliance.

  • Extensive knowledge of legal issues associated with technology-related agreements and licensing.

  • Experience analyzing and advising on legal risk and issues in highly complex or ambiguous situations, including consideration of the impact and long-term effect of various possible decisions/solutions.

  • Familiar with diverse, highly complex legal problems and adept at devising reasonable solutions and ample workaround.

  • Assist others in identifying potential problems and avoiding them.

  • Excellent writing, communication, and proofreading skills.

  • Excellent writing and proofreading skills.

  • Great attention to detail.

  • Critical thinking skills required.

  • Practical knowledge of services and the software industry.

  • Dedicated to becoming a better lawyer and dedicated to learning.

  • Extensive knowledge of state, federal, and other government contracting processes.

  • Experience implementing corporate legal policies and approaches.

Minimum Experience and Education Requirements:

  • Juris Doctorate required and license preferred.

  • Experience in contract administration (issue spotting, contract drafting, contract management, legal support, and contract preparation).

  • Experience in contracts and other legal documents, letters, and proposals reviewing concerning legal sufficiency.

  • Experience with Microsoft Word.

As required by the Equal Pay Transparency Act, Pearson provides a reasonable range of minimum compensation for roles that may be hired in Colorado and New York City. Actual compensation is influenced by a wide array of factors including but not limited to skill set, level of experience, and specific office location. As required by the Colorado and New York City laws, the pay range for this position is as follows:

The minimum full-time salary range beginning at $87,000.00.

Pearson is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and a member of E-Verify. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. All employment is decided based on qualifications, merit, and business needs. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other group protected by law.

This position is eligible to participate in an annual incentive program, and information on benefits offered is here.

What to expect from Pearson

Did you know Pearson is one of the 10 most innovative education companies of 2022?

At Pearson, we add life to a lifetime of learning so everyone can realize the life they imagine. We do this by creating vibrant and enriching learning experiences designed for real-life impact. We are on a journey to be 100 percent digital to meet the changing needs of the global population by developing a new strategy with ambitious targets. To deliver on our strategic vision, we have five business divisions that are the foundation for the long-term growth of the company: Assessment & Qualifications, Virtual Learning, English Language Learning, Workforce Skills and Higher Education. Alongside these, we have our corporate divisions: Digital & Technology, Finance, Global Corporate Marketing & Communications, Human Resources, Legal, Strategy and Direct to Consumer. Learn more at We are Pearson.

We value the power of an inclusive culture and also a strong sense of belonging. We promote a culture where differences are embraced, opportunities are accessible, consideration and respect are the norm and all individuals are supported in reaching their full potential. Through our talent, we believe that diversity, equity and inclusion make us a more innovative and vibrant place to work. People are at the center, and we are committed to building a workplace where talent can learn, grow and thrive.

Pearson is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and a member of E-Verify. We want a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. All employment decisions are based on qualifications, merit and business need. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status or any other group protected by law. We strive for a workforce that reflects the diversity of our communities.

To learn more about Pearson’s commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce, navigate to: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Pearson.

If you are an individual with a disability and are unable or limited in your ability to use or access our career site as a result of your disability, you may request reasonable accommodations by emailing ppsmhr@pearson.com.

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Job: LEGAL

Organization: Assessment & Qualifications

Schedule: FULL_TIME

Workplace Type: Remote

Req ID: 15109

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