Job description

Imagine being part of team that helps transform leading organisations and communities around the world! At Accenture we put innovation at the heart of everything we do and coupled with our core values of client value creation, one global network, respect for the individual, best people, integrity and stewardship, we offer careers that provide unparalleled opportunities for career growth and job satisfaction.

Contract Management is part of our Legal and Commercial Services. Our professionals bring innovative ideas to commercial reality with a focus on maximising value for all parties through a deep understanding of legal, business and commercial risks. We work alongside Accenture sales and delivery teams throughout the entire contract lifecycle to provide high quality advice and support for negotiation, drafting and ongoing management of client contracts.

We apply commercial and contractual expertise to lead the delivery of legal & commercial outcomes for our priority engagements and portfolios, including:

Sales growth: expanding the footprint of our agreements and supporting new business;
Revenue protection: delivering on our contractual commitments;
Margin improvement: effectively managing commercial levers, risks and issues; and
Compliance with contract obligations and Accenture policy.

Job Summary

Contract Associate Managers assist with managing clients or a portfolio of clients in a manner that maximises value for Accenture and clients. Contract Associate Managers may also take responsibility for managing small to medium clients.

Contract Associate Managers must be capable of managing contracts including subcontracts in accordance with company policies and procedures, applicable laws and client business requirements.  Contract Associate Managers are generally co-located with Accenture business/client units and project teams (often on client premises) and are expected to maintain a high level of visibility on the account as they perform their contract management responsibilities.  
Contract Associate Managers may also organize and direct the work activities of more junior contract management professionals and other related engagement staff allocated to a business or client unit, acting as a role model for contract management staff and a trusted partner to the business.  Contract Associate Managers are client facing and have a key role in building trusted relationships with client counterparts.

Key Responsibilities

Leadership/Engagement:
Participate in contract management team on a specific project or account or operate as the contract management lead on small or medium accounts or portfolios reporting into a senior leader;
Work with project, account managers and client teams to provide contract management support that meets the day to day requirements of the business; and 
Demonstrate the value of the contract management function with business and account leaders 

People & Portfolio Management / Development:
Work with junior staff, depending on the project or account structure can be assigned to provide oversight of day to day activities;
Participate in the review of performance standards for junior staff;
Provide input for priority setting and performance achievement process for junior staff; 
Assist with assessing training and education needs for junior staff on a specific project or account, when operating as the contract management lead; and 
Participate in the development and delivery of training modules for contract management staff on a specific project or account.

Risk & Issue Management:
Identify contract risks and issues and proposes appropriate mitigation strategies or solutions for approval (in accordance with prescribed guidelines); 
Escalate matters in a timely and controlled fashion (in accordance with prescribed guidelines) and ensure affected parties are notified in an appropriate manner; and
Draft and review appropriate reports in compliance with contract management processes and account delivery requirements

Sales Support:
Provide support for pre-award sales activities including developing responses to client RfPs or similar, working with business and legal to draft contract schedules and participate in negotiations; and
Demonstrate reasonable knowledge and understanding of Accenture's offerings and associated commercial considerations.

Contracting, Drafting and Negotiation:
Draft Statements of Work, Change Requests, Arrangement Letters, Subcontracts and Non- Disclosure Agreements (not exclusive), working with project leadership to provide timely reviews and quality contractual documents that are fit for purpose and collaborating with other internal organizations; and
Support negotiations to achieve the best outcomes for Accenture and clients

Commercial and Contract Management Processes:
Implement contract management processes on a specific project or account; 
Ensure all contract relevant policies and procedures applicable to an account are identified and communicated to relevant personnel and
Work with delivery and finance leads to identify and flex appropriate contract levers affecting revenue cost and profit

Knowledge Skills and Experience

Min 5 years relevant experience as a contract manager, team management experience preferred;
Relevant experience in digital, consulting, outsourcing and systems integration deals in the Information Technology sector preferred;
Able to collaborate and communicate effectively with internal and external executives and be capable of contributing and influencing key commercial and contracting decisions; 
Demonstrated experience of managing contract and commercial issues and understanding main commercial principles: and Proficiency using Microsoft Office applications (e.g. Excel, Word, PowerPoint, SharePoint). 

Legal and Contracting Knowledge and Experience:

Basic understanding of general commercial contracting regulations and principles and subcontracting practices 
Basic knowledge and understanding of legal principles as they relate to commercial and contract management
Basic knowledge of the commercial terms and conditions applicable to contracts for Digital, Consulting, Outsourcing or Systems Integration services

Key Relationships

Reports to: 
Senior Contract Manager or Contract Manager
Supervises: 
Contract Management professionals providing services on an account or portfolio of accounts
External Relationships: 
May interface with client commercial, procurement, contract management, business executives
Internal Relationships: 
Commercial Director; Account Managing Directors, Client Account Lead and appropriate Business Leads

Education and Qualifications

Education: 
Bachelor’s degree required (business, computing, accounting or law preferred).
Membership: 
Member of International Association for Contract and Commercial Management (IACCM) or National Contract Management Association (NCMA) and/ or professional certification considered a plus.
Work Experience: 
Minimum 5 years in contract management or related discipline.
Work Requirements: 
Some travel may be required.

Behaviours and Attributes

Open to work with and understand cross-cultures and locations throughout the Accenture global organization.
Understand the value of diversity and recognize the strengths that different styles, innovative perspectives and experiences bring to Accenture.  
Demonstrate respect for individuals regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, belief, age, disability, culture, social status and/or sexuality.
Strong time management, prioritization, and organizational skills
Team player, collaborative and persuasive; able to work well with executives and non-executives
Build trust-based relationships by delivering on commitments.
Demonstrate good oral and written communication skills and an ability to provide appropriate advice.