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Contract Specialist

| Chicago

Job Description

The Contract Agent serves as one of the functional leads for the bswift client contracting process. This position requires a solid understanding of the bswift Contracting workflows, policies, and procedures to ensure the team is producing at a successful level. Provides contract support to bswift's VP of Contracts, other bswift Contract Agents, and bswift client services, operations, and sales teams.  

Fundamental Components

The Contract Agent:


  • Negotiates contracts with clients in accordance with bswift standards. 
  • Leads assigned contract projects of a less complex nature by creating timelines, building contingency plans, executing corrective actions, communicating issues resolution, and identifying and utilizing key milestones, stakeholders, and resources needed to ensure timely and successful contract negotiations.
  • Manages contract risks and issues and communications of such risks and issues to stakeholders.
  • Ensures completion of projects and goals within identified service levels and time frames.
  • Works with bswift Senior Contract Agents and bswift VP of Contracts to influence and change other’s behavior and advance team effectiveness to meet department goals.
  • Implements process improvement solutions that strengthen accountability and promote effective risk management.
  • Develops, utilizes, and contributes to all bswift Contracting team tools, such as alternative clause library, key client overviews, and templates to effectively manage job responsibilities and disseminate information regarding contractual rights, responsibilities, and obligations to sourcing and business areas.
  • As required, verifies contract compliance and adherence to bswift policies and procedures.
  • Communicates effectively with Senior Management, suppliers, and internal customers to maintain working relationships.
  • Applies knowledge of contractual terms and conditions.
  • Consistently performs the above tasks at a foundational or advanced level.

Background Experience


  • Demonstrated experience managing client or procurement contracts with knowledge of contract best practices.
  • Experience in client contracting or procurement contracting environment
  • Proven track record as leader and team player.Experience managing diverse assignments and multiple priorities.
  • Bachelor’s Degree required.  
  • Three (3) to five (5) years prior contracts and project management experience (or reasonable equivalent such) highly preferred.
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10 S Riverside Plaza, Suite 1100, Chicago, IL 60606

What are bswift Perks + Benefits

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
A flexible spending account lets you set aside pretax dollars to help pay for certain types of health care and/or dependent care expenses.
Dental Benefits
Choose between a dental maintenance organization plan and preferred provider organization plan. Both cover certain preventive care services at 100%. They also offer coverage for basic services.
Vision Benefits
You can enroll in a separate vision plan. It covers eyeglasses and contact lenses. Preventive vision exams are covered through the Aetna medical plan.
Health Insurance Benefits
You can choose from three types of medical plans: a health savings account, a health reimbursement arrangement or a hybrid health plan. Certain preventive care services are covered at 100 percent when
Life Insurance
All employees get term life insurance and business travel accident insurance at no added cost. You have the option to buy: Supplemental term life insurance Accidental death and personal loss insura
Wellness Programs
Our employee wellness program offers services such as wellness campaigns, weight-management programs and educational seminars.
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
You can save a percentage of your pay in the 401(k) plan, on a pretax and/or Roth after-tax basis. You may participate in the 401(k) plan immediately following your hire.
401(K) Matching
We match a portion of your contribution. You can invest your contributions among various options offered in the plan.
Company Equity
You can purchase Aetna stock at a discount through a payroll deduction. In order to participate, eligible employees must enroll during the enrollment period announced by Aetna.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
During your first 3 years at Aetna, you receive the equivalent of 18 days off per year. The longer you work at Aetna, the more time you accrue per month.
Paid Volunteer Time
One of our values is to improve the quality of life in communities through employee volunteerism.
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
We encourage professional development. That's why we provide financial support for continuing education. This program covers a portion of tuition and registration fees for a college course.

Additional Perks + Benefits

The following programs, activities, and amenities are available to employees at bswift: complimentary fresh fruit, on-site flu shots, massages during open enrollment season, walking treadmill desk, foosball and ping-pong tables, casual attire, zen room for relaxation and nursing mothers, full week of employee appreciation, and proximity to public transportation • Healthy lifestyle incentive programs - This incentive program is offered to all eligible employees. You can earn up to $500 for healthy eating, physical activity and other healthy behaviors. Family members can also earn incentives • During your first 3 years at bswift, you receive the equivalent of 18 days off per year. The longer you work at bswift, the more time you accrue per month. Company holidays, jury duty, military leave, bereavement and community service time are in addition to your paid time off • You can purchase company stock at a discount through a payroll deduction.

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