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The Cigna Group Counsel- Commercial in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Counsel – Commercial Transactions position provides enterprise-wide support and guidance for U.S. and global contracting activities, with an emphasis on buy-side indirect procurement contracts and vendor management matters. The position will work closely with Procurement, Legal, Compliance, and business colleagues and will report directly to the Senior Managing Counsel for Commercial Transactions.

The position requires an ability to negotiate and draft contract terms across a wide area of buy-side contracts, ensure that contracts meet compliance/governance requirements and work with clients at all levels on a daily basis. Candidates must have knowledge and expertise in contract drafting, compliance, risk evaluation and management of vendor relationships, including pre-litigation disputes.

The role will involve the following:

  • Contract Drafting and Negotiations: Experience in drafting and negotiating buy-side indirect procurement contract terms, templates and guidelines for contracting, including standard alternative clauses for a wide range of commodities

  • International Contracting: Working with global internal legal colleagues and vendors on contracting and related issues

  • Risk Management and Compliance : Identification, evaluation and reporting on potential risk in connection with commercial contracting and disputes; meeting with senior legal, corporate and client management concerning key risk issues

  • Training, Education and Presentations : Ability to develop and provide training to all levels of the organization; strong presentation skills, including the ability to present to senior management

Responsibilities :

  • Negotiate various types of consulting, services, licensing and technology transactions with domestic and international suppliers with a focus on limiting Cigna’s liability, protecting Cigna’s confidentiality and intellectual property rights and protecting customers’ privacy interests.

  • Negotiate resolutions to disputed issues consistent with Cigna’s objectives.

  • Provide and manage contract template language for use by Cigna Procurement operations.

  • Support other senior-level attorneys within the corporation on mergers and acquisitions and financing activities

  • Create and present training materials on contracting and related matters to the Procurement and other contracting staff

  • Support sell side contracting efforts with respect to vendor relationship impacts

  • Routinely look for creative interpretations or application of law

  • Effectively matrix with critical business partners, including Compliance, Privacy, Information Technology, operations and Corporate/Business Development

  • Manage outside counsel on discrete matters as may be required

  • Share knowledge and skills in areas of subject matter expertise with other Cigna legal counsel as requested, in keeping with our collaborative environment

  • Lead discussions of stakeholders to gather information and input to achieve goals

  • Work with Legal, Compliance and business clients in developing, implementing, and coordinating contracting and governance strategies

  • Proactively identify risks of non-compliance applicable to third-party contracts

  • Engage in process improvement and project efforts related to the role

Qualifications :

  • Juris Doctor required

  • 3-5 years of commercial contracting experience in positions of increasing responsibility, with at least a portion of practice focused on the negotiating and drafting of vendor transactions

  • Strong drafting and communications skills

  • Familiarity with healthcare and pharmacy is a plus

  • Ability to understand complex transactions, including intellectual property, international/multinational, and privacy issues.

  • Ability to render actionable legal advice within a matrixed business setting

  • Identifies legal issues on complex commercial matters and recommend solutions focused on mitigating risk

  • Personable, highly collaborative individual with the ability to influence others and build strong professional relationships

  • Consistent sound judgment and incisive, three-dimensional analytical abilities.

  • Highly organized with a strong attention to detail

  • Strong, independent decision-making ability – leads by example

  • Ability to navigate large organization to drive successful initiatives throughout the business

  • Ability to multi-task and appropriately prioritize and manage multiple projects

  • Ability to travel and work outside of forty (40) hour work week

  • This is a flex in office/WAH role, you must be able to go into an office.

If you will be working at home occasionally or permanently, the internet connection must be obtained through a cable broadband or fiber optic internet service provider with speeds of at least 10Mbps download/5Mbps upload.

About The Cigna Group

Doing something meaningful starts with a simple decision, a commitment to changing lives. At The Cigna Group, we’re dedicated to improving the health and vitality of those we serve. Through our divisions Cigna Healthcare and Evernorth Health Services, we are committed to enhancing the lives of our clients, customers and patients. Join us in driving growth and improving lives.

Qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, age, disability, sex, childbirth (including pregnancy) or related medical conditions including but not limited to lactation, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran or military status, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital or familial status, genetic information, status with regard to public assistance, citizenship status or any other characteristic protected by applicable equal employment opportunity laws.

If you require reasonable accommodation in completing the online application process, please email: SeeYourself@cigna.com for support. Do not email SeeYourself@cigna.com for an update on your application or to provide your resume as you will not receive a response.

The Cigna Group has a tobacco-free policy and reserves the right not to hire tobacco/nicotine users in states where that is legally permissible. Candidates in such states who use tobacco/nicotine will not be considered for employment unless they enter a qualifying smoking cessation program prior to the start of their employment. These states include: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Washington State.