We are looking for a talented Corporate Counsel Purchasing Commercial to join our team specializing in Commercial Transactions and Purchasing for Cummins Legal in your remote home office within the US or one of our US locations. This professional will be required to provide both professional legal advice and commercial guidance to Cummins Inc.’s global Purchasing function. In addition, this role will require general business counselling to Cummins business units or segments.
The Cummins Legal function provides a full range of legal services in support of Cummins Inc. and its consolidated businesses. Our United States staff is located in Columbus and Indianapolis, IN. We also have international legal offices located in the United Kingdom, India, Australia, Brazil, China, Mexico and Africa. Through these various offices, we are able to support our businesses throughout the world.
In this role, you will make an impact in the following ways:
Provide legal support and counsel for Purchasing function, including direct and indirect purchasing. Role includes structuring, drafting and negotiating a wide variety of commercial contracts, including purchasing, supply, distribution, service and technology licensing as well as outsourcing agreements. She/he will support key initiatives and business requirements, including the purchase of a wide array of products and services, and the management of compliance requirements across suppliers.
Drive risk mitigation and negotiation strategies for key vendor relationships, maintain a deep understanding of the business, advising on legal risks and assisting in development of creative solutions as a member of the team, not solely as the legal advisor
Continuous improvement of contracting processes, including creation and/or improvement of toolkits and templates in order to reduce deal cycle times and refine standard contract terms.Designing and implementing process improvements, including creation and updates of legal templates and playbooks.
A wide range of responsibilities in the areas of corporate transactions, commercial contracting and general business counseling.
Providing strategic legal advice and commercial support to certain of Cummins’ business units.
Acts as an organizational leader in purchasing, supply, commercial and other corporate law matters and combines knowledge of these legal specialties with sound business acumen and knowledge of the business goals and objectives
Conducts project and legal matter management independently; consistently exercises sound independent judgment
Identifies and drives development of legal strategies for the Company; manages client expectations to balance requirements and competing priorities; provides useful legal advice and alternative solutions.
Responsible for training business and functional colleagues on best practices in purchasing, commercial contracts, and related practice areas
Expected to work independently and cross-functionally to bring team members together to efficiently and effectively execute the company’s growth strategy
Brings practical solutions and business acumen to all transactions and initiatives
Superior written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills with ability to listen attentively and to communicate effectively throughout all levels of the organization. Ability to work at the executive level with persuasiveness and confidence
Must have the ability to think strategically, assess the legal and business implications of initiatives and provide thoughtful, timely, practical and business savvy advice
Manages a slate of domestic and international legal firms dedicated to partnering with the company to deliver value-driven legal support for the company’s strategic objectives
Responsible for updating and developing best-in-class templates and other tools to effectively support the Purchasing and other commercial/business processes
Willingness to travel domestically and internationally as required
Requires strong organizational skills, the ability to manage multiple high-priority projects simultaneously and a willingness to be flexible in a fast-paced environment
Acts as trusted advisor for Purchasing, business teams and management; has strong grasp of business environment and the industry; effectively partners with stakeholders to identify and design needed improvements; provides legal as well as practical advice within the appropriate business context; understands and manages client expectations; influence colleagues’ actions to mitigate risks
Ensures efficient and timely communication with colleagues and team members
Commitment to Company’s core values
General overview of job
Responsible for drafting and negotiating complex domestic and international agreements with third parties (e.g. suppliers, consultants, service providers), which may involve templates, custom drafting and/or revising third party agreements;
Assign and manage work performed by outside counsel in a cost-effective manner;
Develop strategic business relationships with suppliers and internal business leaders and stakeholders, lead contract negotiations, drive cost savings initiatives, implement strategic sourcing best practices, and provide legal advice and support on transactions supporting the day-to-day operations of the company; and
General business counseling.
This is a challenging and demanding environment where you will be expected to manage a significant volume of work, deliver to tight timelines, partner with people from diverse backgrounds and handle legal issues arising from anywhere in the world. The successful candidate will be familiar with or have a willingness to learn technical concepts. She/he will be a highly responsive attorney with a service-oriented attitude, able to prioritize and manage deadlines in a fast-paced and demanding environment, and a person who understands the importance of collaboration and good humor, and who enjoys building strong relationships with internal clients. This is a phenomenal opportunity to join one of the most highly sought after and cutting-edge companies in the world.