Senior Paralegal/Contract Negotiator for Sustainable1

S&P GlobalNew york, New yorkFull TimeOn Site

S&P Global Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG)

The Role: Senior Legal Advisor/Paralegal for Sustainable1 (ESG, Global support)

Grade Level: 10 ( relevant for internal applicants only )

Location : New York/Charlottesville/London

Team: In this role, you will support the Head of Legal for the Sustainable1 (“S1”) organization in advising the organization on licensing, legal, regulatory, and related matters, including contract operations, development of best practices and governance, and project management. You will be a key partner to the broader Sustainable1 organization as well as to divisional legal, risk, compliance, commercial, product, and business colleagues (including senior management) in addressing ESG related matters. We value partnership and it is crucial that you are a great teammate with a global mindset in order to be successful within our organization.

The Impact: You are tasked with responding to internal client inquiries, providing valuable support in the handling of legal matters and all aspects of contract process, reviewing, and databasing, training the commercial organization on legal and contracting procedures, negotiating and drafting contracts for financial information and analytical products and services, and assisting with special projects including development and execution of legal, contract, and legal operations related policies and procedures and strategic partnerships/M&A as needed.

What we are looking for: An inquisitive, confident, and self-motivated individual who is comfortable working alone, but also enjoys being part of a dynamic, high-performing, matrixed and global team. Someone who pays close attention to detail and is adept at prioritizing and managing competing interests, has strong EQ and communication skills, and works with a global mindset.

What’s in it for you:
The Senior Paralegal will work in a dynamic, client-facing environment and will have the opportunity to apply and develop negotiation and drafting skills, project management skills, operational knowledge, governance development, strategic partnerships and M&A experience, regulatory experience and work independently as well as be part of a global, highly matrixed team that provides crucial support to S1 and the broader S&P Global organization.

Assisting senior attorney in developing and training on appropriate policies and procedures, including in areas concerning licensing, anti-trust, marketing, privacy, and other regulatory matters.

Negotiate and draft various contracts such as product licenses, data vendor agreements, confidentiality agreements, software licenses, and amendments. You will be well-versed in commonly used alternate provisions and drafting customized contract provisions.

Draft legal correspondence and other documentation related to vendor and customer agreements.

Review, proofread and finalize contracts to ensure executable version is ready, including review for typographical errors, formatting and cross-referencing and covert documents from Word to PDF.

Work with management to create efficiencies in the contracting process.

Develop playbooks and FAQs to help support business, product, and commercial licensing

Develop and train on internal licensing procedures and systems.

Develop, maintain, and update boilerplate/standard forms as needed and in response to changing markets and industry trends and practices.

Ensure that executed contracts are entered into the Department’s contract database on a timely and accurate basis.

Participate in and/or lead projects, including for strategic partnerships and due diligence activities related to acquisitions and divestiture.

What We’re Looking For:Basic Qualifications:
Excellent EQ and interpersonal skills. You should be people oriented, collegial, and confident with frequent client-facing interactions (via e-mail, phone, and in-person).

5-6 years paralegal or closely related experience in business/legal affairs, preferably in-house.

Has a can-do attitude, able to work under pressure, tight deadlines and to manage the expectations of clients and salespeople.

Strong verbal/written communication and business writing abilities

Ease with working independently but advancing issues as needed

Motivated self-starter with the ability to learn quickly and handle multiple and competing priorities simultaneously

Excellent organizational skills and attention to details

Ability to work effectively in line with changing priorities

Preferred Qualifications:
Skilled use of Salesforce and contracts tool within the platform.

Working Experience in ESG and the financial services industry and coordinating with sales and product management departments

Advanced knowledge and experience of Microsoft applications, including Word, Excel, Adobe, Outlook, and PowerPoint as well as familiarity with a contract database-type system

Project Management experience

Prior experience with Privacy or other regulatory matters

Prior experience supporting mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures

Demonstrates and applies a broad knowledge of field of specialization through successful completion of assignments.

Successfully applies complex knowledge of fundamental concepts, practices, and procedures.

Compensation/Benefits Information (US Applicants Only):
S&P Global states that the anticipated base salary range for this position is $95,000USD to $125,000USD. Base salary ranges may vary by geographic location and experience.

In addition to base compensation, this role is eligible for an annual incentive bonus.

This role is eligible to receive additional S&P Global benefits. For more information on the benefits we provide to our employees, visit .

S&P Global Corporate
At S&P Global, we don’t give you intelligence—we give you essential intelligence. The essential intelligence you need to make decisions with conviction. We’re the world’s foremost provider of credit ratings, benchmarks and analytics in the global capital and commodity markets. Our divisions include S&P Global Ratings, S&P Global Market Intelligence, S&P Dow Jones Indices and S&P Global Platts. For more information, visit

EOE Statement:
S&P Global is an equal opportunity employer committed to making all employment decisions without regard to race/ethnicity, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status (including domestic partnerships and civil unions), sexual orientation, military veteran status, unemployment status, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law. Only electronic job submissions will be considered for employment.

If you need an accommodation during the application process due to a disability, please send an email to: and your request will be forwarded to the appropriate person.

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202 - Middle Professional (EEO Job Group) (inactive), 20 - Professional (EEO-2 Job Categories-United States of America), LGLLGL202.1 - Middle Professional Tier I (EEO Job Group)

Job ID: 266860
Posted On: 2021-10-27
Location: New York, New York, United States

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