Lead Counsel – Commercial Contracting and Corporate Matters
Location: Springfield, Massachusetts
Type: Full Time
Preferred Education: Doctorate
Internal Number: R12634
Since 1851, MassMutual’s commitment has always been to help people protect their families, support their communities, and help one another. This is why we want to inspire people to Live Mutual. We’re people helping people.
A career with us means you will work alongside exceptional people and be empowered to reach your professional and personal goals. Our employees are the foundation of what makes MassMutual a strong, stable and ethical business. We seek and value unique and varied perspectives and experiences because we believe we are stronger when all voices are heard. We invite you to bring your bright, innovative ideas to MassMutual as we continue to help millions of Americans rely on each other.
Together, we’re stronger.
Ranked No. 100 in the annual FORTUNE ® 500 Ranking, MassMutual has been recognized as a World’s Most Ethical Company by Ethisphere. We are guided by a single purpose: We help people secure their future and protect the ones they love. As a company owned by our policy owners, we are defined by mutuality and our vision to put customers first. It’s more than our company structure – it’s our way of life. We are a company of people protecting people. Our company exists because people are willing to share risk and resources and rely on each other when it counts.
As a member of MassMutual’s Law Department, you will be responsible for providing legal advice and counsel supporting the needs of MassMutual’s various business and corporate units. ?You will be an integral part of MassMutual’s Corporate Law team, which supports corporate units, including the finance, corporate development, employment, procurement, information technology and investment management areas. ? As Lead Counsel, you will be primarily supporting MassMutual’s Procurement Department with respect to commercial contracting and will have the opportunity to engage on and provide advice on other more general corporate matters and other areas of substantive law, including, among other things, intellectual property and licensing matters.
Your responsibilities in this role will include, but are not limited to the following:
Draft, review and negotiate an extensive range of procurement contracts and advise Procurement as to appropriate commercial contracts related policies and procedures.
Provide legal support and business advice to internal clients and Procurement during the lifecycle of a commercial contract.
Assist the Procurement area in developing and updating contract templates, guidelines and training materials.
Provide training to the Procurement area and other functions of MassMutual as needed.
Provide general advice on copyright and trademark issues and prepare and deliver intellectual property training programs for internal clients.
Proactively research and report on changes in relevant laws, regulations and industry standards and track emerging trends.
Assisting with other general corporate matters that may arise from time to time, including intercompany services agreements or other bespoke agreements or projects.
Provide sound, pragmatic legal advice and innovative/creative solutions on a wide range of legal matters in a manner that facilitates delivery of business results.
The Minimum Qualifications
JD degree from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited U.S. law school.
Must have a minimum of 6 years of experience with a respected law firm(s), government and/or corporate law department advising on commercial contracts.
Must have commercial contracting experience, preferably with software and SaaS licensing agreements and business process on/offshore agreements.
Admitted to a state bar; must be admitted to Massachusetts bar or registered as in-house counsel within 6 months of start date.
Demonstrated strong planning, organizational, analytical, and written and oral communications skills.
The Ideal Qualifications
Experience counseling sophisticated business clients in insurance or financial services or other highly regulated industry
General intellectual property expertise preferable, particularly trademark and copyright, knowledge of basic patent law principles a plus.
Experience and comfort dealing with all levels of business partners.
Excellent judgment and legal and business acumen; ability to think like a businessperson, to integrate legal and business issues and to partner with business leaders.
Strong ability to develop professional relationships with clients, legal colleagues and business leaders across the organization.
Commercially minded, but with a keen attention to risk and ethics
Demonstrated leadership, integrity, professionalism and collegiality
Willingness and demonstrated ability to learn and engage with respect to new areas of law
Strategic, creative and innovative, agile and accountable
Capable of inspiring confidence in others
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Team oriented; works well with others and is someone who fosters and encourages teamwork across organizations and functions, self-aware.
Focus on the Customer: We understand our customers well and look for every opportunity to deliver an experience that is clear, easy, personal, human, empowering and trustworthy.
Act with Integrity: We deliver on our promises by being open, honest and humble and by adhering to the letter and spirit of applicable laws, rules, regulations and company policies.
Value People: We respect and learn from each other’s diverse backgrounds, experiences and ideas. We engage and develop people to their greatest potential.
Work Collaboratively: We work together to achieve results by actively listening, seeking, understanding and creating solutions as a unified team driving toward one company, one culture, and one brand.
Achieve Results: We focus on winning by exceeding expectations and getting better – everyone, every day.
MassMutual was founded on May 15, 1851. And from the beginning, we’ve had a single purpose: to help people secure their future and protect the ones they love. More than 160 years later, that commitment remains our guiding principle. It’s behind everything we do and every decision we make. It’s how we continue to deliver products and services to help our policyowners and customers achieve their financial goals, and protect those who matter most.
Ranked No. 93 in the annual FORTUNE ® 500 Ranking (FORTUNE ® Magazine, June 2018) and recognized as a World’s Most Ethical Company by Ethisphere, MassMutual is guided by a single purpose: We help people secure their future and protect the ones they love. As a company owned by our policyowners, we are defined by mutuality and our vision to put customers first. It’s more than our company structure – it’s our way of life. We are a company of people protecting people. Our company exists because people are willing to share risk and resources, and rely on each other when it counts. At MassMutual, we Live Mutual.