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Wolters Kluwer
in Riverwoods, IL, United States
Permanent, Full time
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Wolters Kluwer
in Riverwoods, IL, United States
Permanent, Full time
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Contract Specialist
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Wolters Kluwers Law Department is seeking a senior contract administration specialist with experience supporting and leading vendor or other commercial contract negotiations and contract management efforts to support the review, processing, tracking and administration of agreements with Wolters Kluwers external vendors. Typical contracts include master services agreements and statements of work, outsourcing agreements, software-as-a-service (SaaS) agreements, license agreements, other technology-related contracts, non-disclosure agreements and other vendor agreements. This position will also play a key role in development of the contract-lifecycle workflow in order to enhance the ability of the legal and contracts team to manage heavier volumes of matters that will be encountered as the GBS Legal team continues to assume more of a centralized contracting role for Wolters Kluwer.

The GBS Senior Contract Administration Specialist will be a member of the GBS Legal team, a team of attorneys and contract specialists who support the GBS organization and certain other shared-services functions within Wolters Kluwer.


  • Assist with day-to-day activities as needed to support the Global Business Services (GBS) team, including serving as the initial contact for a high volume of vendor contracts, identifying commercial and legal issues to be negotiated, and seeking input across business functions to address and respond to such issues
  • Manage the redlining process for vendor contracts, including reviewing redlined agreements, creating redlined drafts for both internal and external/third party review, and preparing final versions of contracts for execution
  • Support the GBS Legal teams internal processes to maintain updated, standardized and accurate form agreements; assist with contract projects and contract management, and contract standardization
  • Provide contract-management support by maintaining the quality and integrity of contract repositories, communicating and presenting information to internal stakeholders; facilitate the completion of vendor contracts; ensure all necessary authorizations and approvals are obtained
  • Proactively monitor compliance with GBS contracting policies while ensuring that contracts are actively making progress to signature and completion
  • Develop strong working relationships with GBS Legal, Sourcing, Finance, Information Technology and other Business and Legal team members to help drive the delivery of effective and high quality legal services
  • Serve as a point of contact for internal clients on review and processing of vendor contracts, including collection and documentation of input from internal stakeholders;
  • Provide guidance on contract matters to practice leads, project managers or other operational staff, including training to new project managers and others
  • Develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the Wolters Kluwer businesses that GBS supports, their people, organization, markets, products, technologies, customers, competitors and regulatory environment
  • Perform other special assignments or projects as assigned from time to time


  • Bachelors degree (B.A., B.S. or equivalent degree) from a nationally recognized educational institution. Degree in Legal Assistance or Business Administration with a Paralegal certificate, or equivalent, is preferred. Non-practicing attorney candidates also welcome.


  • Minimum 5 years of general corporate paralegal (or attorney) experience with a nationally recognized law firm and/or corporate legal department of a medium or large company
  • Experience must include hands-on analysis, review, and redlining of sophisticated vendor contracts, including software-as-a-service (SaaS) agreements, master services agreements and statements of work
  • Experience with general contract management, including organizing, maintaining and coordinating the review of vendor contracts
  • Experience as part of or working with a corporate sourcing/procurement department beneficial but not required
  • Demonstrated ability to identify risks and key issues and provide practical legal advice
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment and exercise sound judgment in determining objectives and approaches to assignments and knowing when to escalate questions and issues
  • Excellent legal drafting, negotiating and redlining skills
  • Ability to handle and maintain the confidentiality of highly sensitive information
  • Strong reading and retention, and written and verbal communications, skills
  • Strong interpersonal, presentation, analytical, and problem solving skills
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented, high degree of accuracy and consistency
  • Technical knowledge, interest and proficiency. Experience with contract management and/or procurement software (e.g., Coupa) and electronic signature software (e.g., Adobe Sign) beneficial but not required

This role can sit anywhere.

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Wolters Kluwer (WKL) is a global leader in professional information, software solutions, and services for the health, tax & accounting, finance, risk & compliance, and legal sectors. We help our customers make critical decisions every day by providing expert solutions that combine deep domain knowledge with advanced technology and services.

Wolters Kluwer reported 2019 annual revenues of 4.6 billion. The group serves customers in over 180 countries, maintains operations in over 40 countries, and employs approximately 19,000 people worldwide. The company is headquartered in Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands. Wolters Kluwer shares are listed on Euronext Amsterdam (WKL) and are included in the AEX and Euronext 100 indices.

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Wolters Kluwer and all of its subsidiaries, divisions and customer/business units is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or any other protected status.

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