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Senior Contracts Manager

| Chicago

Sphera is a leading global provider of enterprise software and services that enables companies to manage and optimize their environmental, health, safety and sustainability. Our mission is to create a safer, more sustainable and productive world.

We are a portfolio company of Genstar Capital, a leading middle-market private equity firm focused on investments in targeted segments of the software, industrial technology, financial services and healthcare industries. We operate like a start-up tech company but have over $100 million in annual revenue, with more than 3,000 customers, and operate in 70+ countries.

We are guided by our core values of Customer Centricity, Accountability, Bias to Action, Innovation, and Collaboration. These values help us recruit the right talent to join our rapidly expanding team of nearly 700 Spherions around the globe. It is important to us that each and every Spherion is not only eager to challenge themselves and knows how to get work done but is an awesome addition to our company culture.

Job Summary:

Reporting to the Director, Contracts, the Sr Contracts Manager provides front line legal support to Sphera’s sales and services teams. The incumbent will be primarily responsible for supporting transactions for the sale and support of Sphera products and services. They will also;

  • Advise, draft and negotiate agreements and ordering documents for B2B information and web-based products and services, including data, software, SaaS, professional services, and consulting and non-disclosure agreements. 
  • Advise and work with business to draft, review, negotiate, and process a variety of agreements and ordering documents; typically manages requested changes of high frequency and/or high complexity. 
  • Assist with leading activities with Sales, Services and Legal team management.
  • Gain familiarity with contract processes and procedures and works to find ways to improve those processes and procedures.
  • Initiate and execute special projects and other responsibilities as needed.

Requirements: 

  • 7-10 years of experience drafting complex commercial agreements and negotiating  
    complex software or SaaS deals.
  • Bachelor’s degree required or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Extensive oral and written communication skills. 
  • Ability to respond promptly to requests for support and to manage turnaround expectations.
    • Prior in-house contract experience preferred. 
    • Paralegal or other credentials are desirable, but not required. 
    • Ability to physically perform general office requirements.  
    • Occasional travel including overnight domestic or international trips may be required.

    Sphera is an equal opportunity employer.  We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status and other legally protected characteristics.

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    Location

    We are located right off of the Randolph/Wabash L stop in the Prudential Plaza with fantastic views of the Lake Michigan & Millennium Park.

    An Insider's view of Sphera

    What’s the vibe like in the office?

    One of my favorite parts of working at Sphera is the relaxed, friendly environment. The people here are just good people. Colleagues, including executives, are friendly and approachable. There’s no drama or cliques and everyone is easy to chit chat with. If you’re a nice person and you like to end everyday knowing you’ve done a good job, you’ll fit

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    What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

    We’re in the early stages of building out new office space in Chicago. Part of our design includes an Innovation Lab. We want to make some of the latest technologies available to our engineers, as well as some dedicated time, so they can develop prototype solutions that enable our clients in ways that no one is thinking of yet.

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    How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

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    What are Sphera Perks + Benefits

    Sphera Benefits Overview

    Sphera colleagues enjoy expansive company benefits that include Medical, Dental, Vision, 401k with a match, Paid Time Off, and much more.

    Chicago-based employees enjoy a number of building amenities including free gym membership in the building, shuttle service to and from Union/Ogilvie stations, and plenty of restaurants and bars to chose from. Oh, and amazing views of Lake Michigan, Millennium and Grant Park(s)!

    Culture
    Volunteer in local community
    We have three Sphera community days - Sustainability, Quality & Safety where we go out into our local communities and volunteer for a cause that is aligned with our mission.
    Friends outside of work
    Eat lunch together
    Daily stand up
    Open door policy
    Group brainstorming sessions
    Pair programming
    Open office floor plan
    Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
    Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
    Our FSA provides the ability for colleagues to contribute up to $2,650 annually to pay for out-of-pocket medical, prescription drug, dental, and vision care expenses.
    Disability Insurance
    Short-Term and Long-Term disability benefits include 60% coverage with applicable premiums and maximum payouts.
    Dental Benefits
    Dental coverage includes 100% coverage of the cost of preventative services including oral exams, cleanings, and x-rays with nominal monthly premiums.
    Vision Benefits
    Vision Benefits include comprehensive coverage for exams, lenses, frames, and contacts.
    Health Insurance Benefits
    Medical insurance for Sphera employees is provided through Cigna and features multiple plan options depending on individual/family coverage preferences.
    Life Insurance
    We offer company-paid life insurance with a payout of 1.5x annual salary for non-commission and 2x payout for commission employees. There is supplementary life insurance available as well.
    Pet Insurance
    Our Pet Insurance plan covers illness or injury as long as they are not pre-existing conditions. There is a nominal monthly cost to the employee.
    Wellness Programs
    Onsite Gym
    We have an onsite gym in our Chicago location with membership at no cost to our employees.
    Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
    401(K)
    Sphera's 401(k) plan includes a number of different retirement strategy options to choose from.
    401(K) Matching
    Our 401k plan matches 100% up to 3% of employee contributions. In addition, we match .5% up to 6% of an employee's contribution. So if you contribute 6% your match would be 4.5%.
    Performance Bonus
    There is a wide variety of annual or periodic incentives above and beyond annual salary.
    Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
    Family Medical Leave
    We offer up to 12 weeks of family medical leave and all benefits are maintained throughout that period.
    Vacation & Time Off Benefits
    Generous PTO
    Our PTO plan includes 18 days of paid time off not including holidays.
    Paid Holidays
    Our annual schedule includes 9 paid holidays.
    Perks & Discounts
    Beer on Tap
    Casual Dress
    We dress for our day at Sphera. Most days you will find colleagues in jeans but may spruce things up a bit if customers or vendors are in town...or if you just feel like it.
    Commuter Benefits
    We offer discounts for train, bus, and parking!
    Company Outings
    We actively support our mission through our three annual Community Days where all colleagues become more educated on Sustainability, Safety, and Quality.
    Stocked Kitchen
    The kitchen at Sphera headquarters is stocked with coffee, soft drinks, beer, wine, snacks, filtered water, and more!
    Happy Hours
    Happy hours occur at the office or out on the town...it just depends.
    Fitness Subsidies
    There is a gym in the building and available for all employees at no cost.
    Professional Development Benefits
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