Senior IT Contracts Attorney

Posted Nov 17
Full Time
Chicago, Illinois

**Job Description

** Applications Software Technology (AST) was founded on one simple thought, to put our people and our customers first, and you can never lose. AST is a globally recognized award-winning full-service enterprise cloud transformation and systems integrator, specializing in Oracle Cloud, Salesforce and NetSuite , serving clients in the Public and Commercial Sectors for over 27 years. Clients look to AST for leadership and assistance in systems integration, business process redesign, project management, systems administration, and training. From on-premise applications to modern cloud technology, AST’s services encompass all aspects of Enterprise Resource Planning, Business Intelligence, Enterprise Performance Management, Customer Experience, and Middleware. AST also offers flexible Managed Services, supporting the needs of over 200 Public Sector and Commercial customers around the globe. If you're someone with energy, drive, and creativity, AST might be the place for you.

We are seeking a highly skilled, experienced, motivated, results-oriented, and business-minded Senior IT Contracts Attorney to join our contract legal team. In this role, you will be responsible for drafting and negotiating contracts, providing legal guidance to internal stakeholders, interfacing with client’s counsel on matters related to commercial contract transactions and other corporate legal issues. This is a hybrid role and preference would be for an Illinois based candidate.

**What You’ll Do


  • Handle a wide range of legal matters including commercial contracts, employment, compliance and other general corporate matters and provide legal guidance to internal stakeholders of matters related to commercial contracts and other legal issues.
  • Draft, review, and negotiate professional services and SaaS agreements, including but not limited to:
    • RFP’s
    • Master Services Agreements (MSA)
    • Statements of Work (SOW)
    • Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDA)
    • Vendor and Channel Partner Agreements
  • Develop and drive compliance policies and procedures designed to enhance employee awareness of corporate business standards.
  • Supervise and coordinate with outside counsel as necessary.
  • Participate in M&A activities as necessary.

**What You’ll Bring


  • Bachelor’s degree in business or related field.
  • J.D. degree from an accredited law school and license in good standing to practice in at least one state (Illinois preferred).
  • Minimum 4-6 years' of experience. Significant knowledge of contracting concepts.
  • Previous in- house, law firm or contract management experience, specifically within the IT services industry servicing commercial and public sector clients.
  • Familiarity with one or more of the following would be helpful: employment law, procurement processes, intellectual property law, data protection laws, mergers and acquisitions; corporate governance and contract lifecycle management systems.
  • Excellent communication, negotiation, and leadership skills.
  • Professional demeanor and strong work ethic.
  • Strong written, oral, interpersonal, and negotiating skills, including the ability to explain concepts clearly and actionably to senior leaders, internal business stakeholders, and clients to ensure well-informed business decisions.
  • Ability to work independently on projects / matters with minimal supervision, prioritize, manage multiple transactions, and meet deadlines with consistently high-quality work product.
  • Requisite judgment to define, recommend, gain approval of and implement courses of action to support and enforce the Company’s rights and minimize liabilities.
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate with outside counsel effectively.
  • Proven track record in building strong, trust-based relationships with diverse client groups.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with executive team and company business unit leaders to develop contract strategies and to provide guidance regarding professional standards, quality and risk management and related matters.
  • Positive energy, enthusiasm, flexibility, confidence, and ability to work collaboratively as well as cross-functionally in a dynamic, fast-paced environment are a must.
  • Must be willing to work occasionally in our Lisle, Illinois headquarters.

**What We Bring

** At AST, people are the center of everything we do, and we work to provide you with benefits beyond a paycheck. We strive to develop and recognize our people at all levels and give them the rewards they deserve. We offer full benefits including medical, dental, vision, retirement/401k, disability, life insurance, and unlimited PTO for all our North American employees to balance your work and life. We also offer additional benefits, such as commuter benefits, legal insurance, pet insurance, sabbatical leave, education reimbursement, parental leave, and much more.

**Our Culture

** At AST, people are the center of everything we do. In over 27 years of business, we know that putting our people first is the key to success. Our passion for people has earned us multiple awards. Here are some of the most recent:

  • 2022 Top Workplaces in the Nation by Energage
  • 2022 National Cultural Excellence for Leadership by Energage
  • 2022 National Cultural Excellence for Innovation by Energage
  • 2022 Chicago Tribune Top Workplaces by Energage
  • 2022 Dallas Fort Worth’s 2022 Best and Brightest Companies to Work for by National Association for Business Resources (NABR)

We foster a culture of trust, ownership, and innovation at every level of the organization. All doors are open and everyone’s ideas matter, giving our people the ability to quickly understand our customers’ needs and translate those needs into action. While we celebrate individual wins, we always strive for shared success. We are One AST.

Statement of Non-Discrimination : We value global diversity and are committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace where we learn from each other. AST is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, making all employment decisions, including recruiting, hiring, training, and promoting without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status or any other characteristic or classification protected by law.