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Thermo Fisher Scientific Senior Contracts Manager in Waltham, Massachusetts

This advanced Sr. Contract Specialist II-GPO position reports directly to the Senior Corporate Counsel - Healthcare Market Division and has a matrix reporting responsibility to the Senior Director, GPO Corporate Accounts. This position will focus on providing exceptional contract and other legal support to the GPO Corporate Account team, within a fast-paced and demanding environment. The ideal candidate will be capable of performing all contract-related tasks and able to provide guidance to support both business and legal terms. Specifically, the candidate should be prepared to assume primary responsibility for the review, redline, negotiation, and finalization of various types of agreements, while interacting with internal stakeholders and business leadership, as well as external customers, suppliers and other parties. The candidate will be responsible to ensure all contracts comply with all applicable laws, company policies and allows the company to maintain a strong contractual position to mitigate risk and unnecessary exposure. This individual will be responsible to manage a clause library, a repository of RFI and RFP responses by division and develop standard operating procedures to drive consistencies across the contract portfolio. The candidate may also be responsible to complete other projects as assigned.

Key Responsibilities

  • Work with the GPO Corporate accounts team to prepare, review, redline, and draft all GPO contracts for both the healthcare market distribution channel and all amendments.

  • Maintain contract files via a centralized repository of all contract documents including but not limited to drafts, new, renewals, amendments, and addendums.

  • Develop and maintain an RFI/RFP standard response repository inclusive of corporate and division approved responses.

  • Work closely with Corporate Accounts GPO Directors and the applicable internal commercial and business teams to facilitate corporate processes for contract review and ensure strategic alignment for both legal and business terms, across the contract landscape and are concluded in a timely manner.

  • Must be capable of drafting agreements, including crafting language that effectively communicates complex technical and business terms in clear and concise contractual terms.

  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with key stakeholders within each division to include regulatory, quality, logistics, operations, finance, commercial and legal counsel with approval authority. Work with lawyers in various specialty areas, other contract specialists and legal staff in the legal department to coordinate review of contracts by responsible in-house business counsel.

  • Educate and update the Corporate Accounts GPO Directors and Managers on all healthcare law, legal, finance, regulatory and division policy changes that impact contract negotiation of terms and conditions. Flag and escalate appropriate matters to the Senior Corporate Counsel and Senior Director, GPO Corporate Accounts for guidance.

  • Participate in all GPO segment meetings, calls and activities as directed by the Sr. Director, GPO Corporate Accounts.

  • Special projects as assigned.

Minimum Requirements/Qualifications/Ability:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited higher learning program required

  • Paralegal Certificate, or CCCM or CPCM Certification

  • J.D. or related experience may be considered in lieu of certification

  • 5+ years as a legal or paralegal with proven track record of healthcare contracting experience.

  • Must have commercial contract management experience focused on management of national and/or regional group purchasing contracts. Experience managing, drafting and negotiation GPO contracts a plus.

  • Proficient in MS Office applications (Excel, PPT, Word, Access and PPT), Microsoft Teams and One-Drive.

  • Must demonstrate strong knowledge of healthcare law and ability to incorporate into legal documents.

  • Proven consistent track record of success including tactical plan execution, document version control, maintenance of approval matrices and utilization of all resources to effectively meet all contracting timelines.

  • Must be a self-starter with demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with internal and external stakeholders.

  • Must demonstrate ability to manage a high-volume of RFI's, RFP's, and their ongoing contract maintenance.

  • Strong time management, organization and record keeping skills.

  • Proven ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team in a fast-paced environment handling multiple competing priorities within a highly matrixed organization.

Thermo Fisher Scientific is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, veteran status, age or disability status.