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Commercial Paralegal

Stepan Company
Posted Jun 09
Full Time
Northbrook, Illinois

Job Description

Stepan Co. is seeking a dynamic, experienced Commercial Paralegal to join our Legal team. In this critical role, you will collaborate with and support the Legal team on various commercial and general corporate matters, including managing the full lifecycle of our contracts.  As part of our global chemical company, you will work closely with the Legal team and across all levels of the organization.
Job Responsibilities
• Manage and assign contracts in our CLM system and provide key input on improving CLM functions alongside of our attorneys and other paralegals.
• Review NDAs and other commercial agreements with oversight from our attorneys.
• Serve as the first stop on contracting questions across the organization.
• Quickly identify issues for attorney and business review, as needed.
• Assist in the development of, and help maintain, contract templates and a playbook database, regularly reviewing the same with our attorneys for improvement.
• Provide general support to the Legal team, including outside counsel billing, and assist with special projects as needed. 
• Facilitate cross-functional relationships among the Legal team and other functions, including Procurement, Commercial, Sales, R&D, etc.
• Assist with the preparation of presentations and other project trackers for the Legal group.
• Manage corporate records and assist the Legal team on corporate and commercial transactions.


• A minimum of five years of relevant experience in a law firm or corporate legal department. Prior in-house experience with a manufacturing or chemical company preferred.
• Experience with contracting issues, including the review of standard agreements, handling templates and playbooks, working in a CLM system, and understanding key issues that require attorney review and input.
• Ability to handle multiple matters and maintain discretion and confidentiality.
• Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively with various stakeholders across multiple teams.
• Comfortable with identifying, assessing, and escalating issues, as needed.
• Excellent communication and organizational skills with attention to detail.


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Bachelor’s degree and a Paralegal Certificate from an ABA-accredited program, preferred.



Stepan Company does not accept or retain unsolicited resumes or phone calls and/or respond to them or to any third party representing job seekers.

Established in 1932, Stepan Company is a major manufacturer of basic and intermediate chemicals including surfactants, polymers, as well as specialty ingredients that go into consumer, household, and institutional products such as laundry detergents, shampoos, and surface cleaners. Stepan Company currently has 22 global manufacturing locations and over 2,500 employees. We have a strong record of growth. Our growth allows us to provide meaningful career opportunities and stability to our team members. We have big goals at Stepan and know every team member will be crucial to achieving our objectives. Regardless of function, we are looking for team members who bring with them a growth mindset, an entrepreneurial spirit, and the ability to thrive in an evolving environment.


We celebrate diversity at Stepan and are committed to creating a diverse, inclusive environment. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, disability, age, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.