Senior Counsel Contracts

Chicago (IL), Southfield (MI)thyssenkrupp North America, LLC

Type of contract:Full-time, Permanent
Experience level:Professionals
Remote work:Possible
Job field:Legal, Compliance & Audit
$140,000 - $185,000
Status:Ongoing recruitment, entry date flexible
Posting date:2023/11/20
Job number:US_RS_06284
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Your responsibilities

The Senior Counsel will be responsible for providing commercial and contract advice to the various Business Segments. This position will report directly to thyssenkrupp North America’s General Counsel, Kasia Dygas. This individual will provide general commercial and contracts support, working with a team of 6 attorneys (in addition to the General Counsel). This is an exempt, full time position. The position is Remote with the occasional need to travel to the various Business Segment sites and the Regional Platform office in Chicago, IL. Pay: $140,000 - $185,000 base salary with an opportunity for a company-wide annual discretionary bonus.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Establishes negotiation objectives and schedules to support and meet business requirements
  • Prepares first quality negotiation documents that reflect an advanced knowledge of contract terms and conditions, legal requirements for compliance with applicable laws and regulations, and company’s financial policies and strategies
  • Understand business requirements and the company’s risk tolerance
  • Acts as the lead negotiator for the company and directs the involvement and contributions of the business
  • Uses highly qualified influencing skills to direct and control the negotiation schedule to meet established milestones for completion
  • Maintains business focus that balances the needs of the business for profitability with ensuring the contractual terms and conditions protect the company and minimize risk
  • Drives the negotiation to closure and reaches agreement with client on commercial, financial, and legal contractual issues
  • Executes and finalizes all documentation required for contract closure
  • Develops proactive tactics and documents (internal negotiation notes, formal responses) to execute those strategies and goals in a way that will maximize profitability
  • Assigns, coordinates, and follows-through on the involvement of all areas of the company in a timely manner to execute the plan, such as those required for a successful “Deal Review” call
  • Creates, organizes, communicates, and executes a negotiation plan to support the business requirements as they are defined and refined in a dynamic environment
  • Prepares business cases and executive summaries detailing the contract negotiation schedule, issues, and risks
  • Maintains open communication with contract management and business leadership to keep them advised of potential issues or risks throughout the contract development, negotiation, and conclusion
  • Provides creative solutions and ideas for resolution
  • Tracks accomplishments by using pertinent milestones and end goals
  • Understands the roles and accountabilities of all contract management employees to draw upon the abilities of others in executing a contract negotiation
  • Collaborates with team members to share learning and experience obtained in contract and commercial negotiations
  • Prepares and delivers trainings and tool kits for the business and helps to develop contracting processes
  • Strong computer skills and competency
  • Able to travel as needed

Your profile



  • Juris Doctor degree from an ABA accredited law school
  • Active bar license in good standing with any US jurisdiction


  • A minimum of 3+ years of contracts experience, experience with sale of goods contracts is required
  • Large Law Firm or In House experience, not required, but preferred.

Personal Attributes and Traits:

  • Self-motivated and ability to complete matters without extensive supervision
  • Sound business judgment, with the ability to recognize the business consequences of legal advice
  • Strong cross-cultural sensitivity: can work with differences in style and cultures, and adjust work and communication style accordingly
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Detail oriented with ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment
  • Hands-on, active, “roll up your sleeves” style
  • Exceptional organizational skills, time management, and project management skills with the ability to prioritize, coordinate, and satisfy numerous competing demands
  • Demonstrated skills in client management and the ability to communicate effectively and develop strong working relationships with senior management and business colleagues
  • Flexibility and willingness to work on a broad range of legal matters
  • Professional attitude and strong personal ethics

Physical Requirements

  • Prolonged periods of sitting and working on a computer


  • Fluent English
  • Proficiency in Spanish, preferred not required

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirement for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Consistent with applicable laws, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Your benefits

Competitive salary and bonus programs, health benefits, and 401K.


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Important to us

Health & Safety

Highest health & safety standards and a wide range of health promotion and healthcare activities.

Highest health & safety standards and a wide range of health promotion and healthcare activities.

We value diversity

thyssenkrupp North America is an equal opportunity employer and committed to diversity. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, gender, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age and veteran status or any other protected status required by applicable law.

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