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Senior Contract Manager Legal Development Americas

Posted May 25
Full Time
On Site
Memphis, Tennessee
    • This role is based at our corporate office in Memphis, TN*

This is your chance to be part of an in-house Legal team at a top global hospitality company! As a Senior Contract Manager, Legal Development Americas, you will support the team in guiding Hilton's legal activities to ensure maximum protection while engaging in global business and ensuring compliance with our legal obligations. On the Legal Development team reporting to the Senior Director, Legal Development Americas you will manage one of the functional franchise transactional teams: New Development, Owner Relations, or Retention.

How We Will Support You

Hilton is proud to support the mental and physical wellbeing of all Team Members so they can Thrive personally and professionally in a diverse and inclusive environment, thanks to programs and benefits such as:

  • Go Hilton travel program: 100 nights of discounted travel with room rates as low as $40/night
  • Hilton Shares: Our employee stock purchase program (ESPP) - you can purchase Hilton shares at a 15 percent discount
  • Paid parental leave for eligible Team Members, including partners and adoptive parents
  • Mental health resources including free counseling through our Employee Assistance Program
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Learn more about the rest of our benefits

At Hilton, we believe every Team Member is a leader. We are committed to offering leadership development opportunities and programs through every step of a Team Member’s career journey and at every level, both in our hotels and across corporate.

  • Available benefits may vary depending upon terms and conditions of employment and are subject to the terms and conditions of the plans.

How You Will Make An Impact

Your role is important and below are some of the fundamental job duties that make your work unique.

What Your Day-to-day Will Be Like


  • Draft, review, interpret, and negotiate franchise agreements and related franchise documentation.
  • Provide advice and counsel in the areas of franchised hotel transactions.
  • Interact with Hilton business partners, owners of franchised hotels, and owners’ counsel.
  • Manage a team of contract managers and paralegals assigned to the functional team. Supervise contract managers and paralegals on various aspects of the franchise transactional process, including processing internal committee approvals, conducting required due diligence, drafting and distributing franchise agreements and related documents, and communicating with franchisees and business partners.
  • Monitor pre-opening requirements, expiration dates, relicensing deadlines, and other milestones and deadlines for franchised hotels.
  • Help ensure compliance with applicable franchise laws and reporting requirements.
  • Oversee outside counsel on franchise transactional matters.

How You Will Collaborate With Others


  • Build positive working relationships internally with Development, Owner Relations, Architecture and Construction, Market Analysis, Brands, and Legal Compliance functions at Hilton, and externally with franchise applicants, owners, lenders, and their representatives.
  • Recommend process improvements to increase efficiency.
  • Escalate legal issues above delegated parameters to senior Legal Development Americas team members.

What Projects You Will Take Ownership Of


  • You would be the lead of one of the franchise transactional teams and take ownership for franchise transactions handled by that team, including supervising support staff and serving as the primary Legal point of contact to the Development or Owner Relations business function.


You Have These Minimum Qualifications


  • Five (5) years of work experience in a corporate department, law firm, or contract management setting involving substantive transactions or negotiations.
  • High level of proficiency with Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, Teams).
  • Ability to travel up to 10%.
  • Leadership experience managing a team, building positive partnerships, and working with cross-functional teams.

It Would Be Useful If You Have


  • B/A or B/S Bachelor's Degree.
  • Seven (7) years of experience involving substantive transactions or negotiations.
  • Five (5) years of experience within a franchise, hospitality, or financial practice.

What It Is Like Working For Hilton

Hilton, the #1 World's Best Workplace, is a leading global hospitality company with a diverse portfolio of world-class brands. Dedicated to filling the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality, we have welcomed more than 3 billion guests in our more-than 100-year history. Hilton is proud to have an award-winning workplace culture and we are consistently named among one of the World’s Best Workplaces. Check out the Hilton Careers blog and Instagram to learn more about what it’s like to be on Team Hilton!

It is the policy of Hilton to employ qualified persons without regard to color, race, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medication conditions), gender identity or gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, military service, status as a protected veteran, disability, protected medical condition as defined by applicable law, genetic information, or any other protected group status as defined by and subject to applicable federal, state and local laws.

We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified persons with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position and provide other benefits and privileges of employment in accordance with applicable law. Please contact us if you require an accommodation during the application process.

Work Locations

Hilton - Shared Services Center - Memphis




Hilton Corporate


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