In this position, you will lead and build-out Lenovo’s Legal Center of Excellence (“COE”), with a worldwide team of attorneys and other professionals driving excellence in contract negotiations and processes, across all of Lenovo’s Business Groups, functions and operating regions. Lenovo’s Legal COE is driving transformational change within the Legal Team and the company to integrate legal and business acumen with responsive processes and advanced technology. We own our results and celebrate our successes.
In terms of legal complexity, you will lead a team of experienced business lawyers who serve as legal advisors on contracts to teams and decision makers across different geographies, business units and functional areas. This requires an individual understanding of contracts and risk management; the ability to recognize and synthesize functional expertise from others in the Department; and the ability to manage and delegate across a team of local and regional experts. You will also be responsible for planning and coordinating Contract Management governance policies, including the review, deployment and continuous improvement of multiple contract templates, playbooks, document retention policies, as well as training and self-help solutions to end-users.
In terms of business complexity, the COE team regularly engages with business teams and leaders. You will need to have and continuously refresh a robust understanding of the company’s business, products, partners and customers. This is critical for understanding risk and to develop mitigation strategies, and to act as a effective sounding board for the business.
In terms of project management, you will lead and deliver complex multidisciplinary projects, on time and within budget. This includes leadership and oversight over the Contract Lifecycle Management platform and processes; and identification and implementation of new tools, policies, processes and infrastructure improvements to accelerate negotiation and service delivery. You will help drive and accelerate our contract automation goals and, in collaboration with other legal and business leadership, chart a path and make course-corrections.
Finally, in terms of vision and energy, you will need both. Lenovo is a dynamic and growing company, and the Legal COE is a place for lawyers who are excited to be part of a cutting-edge legal services team. Technology and forward-thinking transformation open doors – and set high expectations – for the practice of corporate law.
Summary of Key Responsibilities
Manage the Legal COE team, a global group of legal professionals comprised of lawyers and operational specialists
Model legal analysis, collaboration and transformation skills
Identify and communicate key responsibilities and practices to COE Leadership Team, to promote a culture of ownership, teamwork and professional excellence
Develop capabilities of the team with a commitment to professional development and a continuous learning mindset
Own and manage the contracting model through innovative best practices, standardization and process improvements to streamline and scale contract support
Define, manage others and directly support as needed on programs and practices within the Lenovo contracts team, and more broadly within the Lenovo business
Create metrics and monitor progress against plan, benchmarking internally and externally
Technical Skills: strategic and operational expertise to execute functional responsibilities.:
Experience with global teams and processes
Able to handle ambiguity and pressure, relishes the opportunity to solve problems and scale high mountains
Excellent contract negotiating, drafting and influencing skills; expert knowledge of contract structures and types; familiarity with contracting processes; high-tech industry experience a plus
Experience with Contract Lifecycle Management (CLM) systems and processes (firm)
Relentless in the pursuit of continuous improvement, driving demonstrable improvement and value
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with ability to build consensus and work collaboratively across functions
Critical and innovative thinker with excellent business sense and judgment
Highly organized and detail-oriented
Team Building & Management: providing leaders with coaching, feedback, and developmental opportunities and building effective teams:
Able to challenge and inspire managers and team members to achieve high standards and business results.
Experience with management, mentorship, team development and training
Values collaboration, inclusion and teamwork
Required Experience & Qualifications:
15+ years of relevant legal experience (Experience with Contract Lifecycle Management – CLM systems and processes required)
In-house legal department experience, including handling complex contracts
Experience working successfully in global, cross-cultural, cross-functional, high-performing teams
Previous experience setting up and/or deploying a Contracts function across global regions
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