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Senior Contracts Counsel

Pacific Life
$159,660- $195,140/ year
Posted Mar 20
Full Time
On Site
Newport Beach, California

Job Description

Pacific Life is investing in dynamic and agile talent to contribute to our mission of innovating our business and creating a superior customer experience. We are actively seeking a Sr Contracts Attorney with sharp analytical and communication skills who is diligent, proactive, collaborative, and has demonstrated excellent legal and business judgment and strategic thinking. This role will support our Procurement and Third-Party Risk Management teams. This role will be hybrid (2-3 days a week in office) in Newport Beach, CA.

How You Will Make An Impact


  • Serve as partner to the Procurement and Third-Party Risk Management teams and the applicable business unit to draft, review, and negotiate contracts with suppliers, while ensuring compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, in addition to mitigating business and legal risk.
  • Work closely with internal stakeholders to identify contractual legal risks and develop strategies to calibrate those risks with relation to the business’ needs.
  • Develop and maintain policies, playbooks, and procedures to help the organization achieve efficient, reproducible results in the contracting process.
  • Assist in developing and periodically reevaluating contract term libraries.
  • Work with the Procurement team to implement best practices in procurement, conduct training on contract issues, internal policies, and procedures, and continuously improve the procurement and legal process.
  • Monitor relevant regulatory, legislative, litigation, and industry trends related to vendor management and contracting and keep clients informed of the potential impact on the Company.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • A willingness to embrace and become an expert in new areas of law as needed to evolve is essential.

The Experience You Will Bring


  • At least 7-10 years relevant experience in contract review as a practicing in-house attorney.
  • Law degree from ABA accredited law school and current bar membership.
  • Extensive experience reviewing and negotiating a wide variety of supplier contracts, including technology contracts, (SaaS, AI, and on-premise), services agreements, SOWs, amendments and renewals, NDAs, and BAAs.
  • Strong experience with contract drafting, negotiations, dispute resolution processes (litigation, mediation, and arbitration).
  • Expertise in negotiating contracts and partnering directly with various internal business clients.
  • Demonstrates high ethical standards.
  • Demonstrates leadership competencies and an ability to learn and become a subject matter expert in highly technical or highly regulated additional areas of practice.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; adept at prioritizing work and providing advice under deadlines; a focus on business enablement; and experienced in translating complex policies and laws into practical business controls.

You belong at Pacific Life

At Pacific Life we are committed to a culture of belonging, a space where all employees are empowered to be authentic. One way we cultivate an inclusive culture is through our employee connection groups. The purpose of these employee-led groups is to offer a place to build community, connection, camaraderie, and a sense of belonging. Each group can be active in education, advocacy, recruitment, and community building throughout our organization. Learn more about our employee connection groups at

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Base Pay Range

The base pay range noted represents the company’s good faith minimum and maximum range for this role at the time of posting. The actual compensation offered to a candidate will be dependent upon several factors, including but not limited to experience, qualifications and geographic location. Also, most employees are eligible for additional incentive pay.

$159,660.00 - $195,140.00

Your Benefits Start Day 1

Your wellbeing is important to Pacific Life, and we’re committed to providing you with flexible benefits that you can tailor to meet your needs. Whether you are focusing on your physical, financial, emotional, or social wellbeing, we’ve got you covered.

  • Prioritization of your health and well-being including Medical, Dental, Vision, and Wellbeing Reimbursement Account that can be used on yourself or your eligible dependents
  • Generous paid time off options including: Paid Time Off, Holiday Schedules, and Financial Planning Time Off
  • Paid Parental Leave as well as an Adoption Assistance Program
  • Competitive 401k savings plan with company match and an additional contribution regardless of participation

EEO Statement

_Pacific Life Insurance Company is an Equal Opportunity /Affirmative Action Employer, M/F/D/V. If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you have the right to request an accommodation if you are unable or limited in your ability to use or access our career center as a result of your disability. To request an accommodation, contact a Human Resources Representative at Pacific Life Insurance Company.


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