Business Partner, Contracts Solutions (12 month role)

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Application Deadline: 5 PM PST, Thursday, August 11, 2022.

The Foundation

We are the largest nonprofit fighting poverty, disease, and inequity around the world. Founded on a simple premise: that people everywhere, regardless of identity or circumstances, should have the chance to live healthy, productive lives. By building a global and cultural workplace that supports greater diversity, equity, and inclusion – of voices, ideas, and approaches – together with our employees and partners, we can help all people improve their lives from poverty and health to education. As an organization we offer various work arrangements, generous PTO, 15% contribution to your retirement fund, a diverse and inclusive workplace backed by 12 Employee Resource Groups and embed DEI in everything we do!

The Team

The Grants and Contracts Team (GCS) team is part of the operations division and partners with colleagues from across the foundation in the development and execution of well-crafted grants and contracts. GCS is flexible and agile in our support structure to manage workload ?variability and apply a right-sized approach to investment making and management.

Your Role

This role sits on the foundation’s Contracts Solutions team and is a member of a team of attorneys and contracts professionals responsible for managing and overseeing the foundation’s contracts work. Responsible for working directly with foundation operations and program teams to draft and negotiate their contracts, to help them develop good contracting practices, and to educate and advise them on the risks inherent in their contracts as well as strategies to mitigate those risks. They will engage with colleagues in GCS, Legal, and others to optimize contract systems, templates, and processes.

What You’ll Do

  • Drafting, reviewing and negotiating contracts (and amendments) with an emphasis on consistency, clarity and compliance with applicable laws, policies, processes and best practices

  • Engaging with internal clients, including establishing good working relationships, understanding their objectives, and completing their contracts in a smooth and efficient manner

  • Mastering foundation policies, processes, systems and best practices

  • Leading or facilitating negotiations between multiple parties within and outside the foundation

  • Providing training and guidance to colleagues and internal clients regarding contracts and foundation policies, processes, systems and best practices related to contracts

  • Contributing to projects and other continuous improvement efforts, including the optimization of foundation contract templates, processes and playbooks

  • Negotiate and implement vendor contracts/agreements by working with cross-functional stakeholders and vendors to reach agreement on contract terms and conditions

*This position is a limited-term position for 12 months. Relocation will not be provided. This is a salaried position with benefits.

Your Experience

  • Strong background in contracts management, including experience in reviewing, redlining, and negotiating a contract’s business and legal terms

  • Paralegal certificate or law degree a plus

  • Experience with technologies and processes for contract automation, strategic sourcing, vendor management, procurement, and risk management a plus

  • Understanding of legal terms in commercial contracts and how they apply to a set of facts or circumstances

  • Explaining legal concepts and their significance to clients

  • Being a strong advocate for the interests of the foundation – both internally and in negotiations with third parties – and excelling at negotiating business and legal terms

  • Translating client objectives into clear and concise statements of work and business terms

  • Understanding the norms and perspectives of other organizations and industries and how they may impact contract negotiations

  • Having strong negotiation skills and commercial acumen

  • Strong analytical and creative problem-solving skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • A passion for process, efficiency, continuous improvement and change management

  • Developing good working relationships based on trust, transparency and collective success

  • Working collaboratively with colleagues across the foundation; knowing when and how to engage with other stakeholders and decision-makers

  • Ability to thrive in a fast-past, ever changing work environment

*Applicants for this role will only be considered if they are able to legally work in the country where this position is located without visa sponsorship.

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Hiring Requirements

As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

Depending upon your work location, we may require proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 and any recommended booster doses. All employees based in the United States are to provide proof of full vaccination upon hire and any recommended boosters, subject to applicable laws.

Accommodations

If you require assistance due to a disability in the application or recruitment process, please submit a request to [email protected].

Inclusion Statement

We are dedicated to the belief that all lives have equal value. We’re committed to creating a workplace where employees thrive both personally and professionally. We also believe our employees should reflect the rich diversity of the global populations we aim to serve-in race, gender, age, cultures and beliefs-and we support this diversity through all of our employment practices.

All applicants and employees who are drawn to serve our mission will enjoy equality of opportunity and fair treatment without regard to race, color, age, religion, pregnancy, sex, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and prior protected activity.


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