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LEGAL DEPARTMENT

Looking for a career where you can make a difference?  The legal department serves the independent sales force by providing expert knowledge, guidance, advice and counsel to the Company and its key stakeholders to promote and protect ethical, compliant, profitable and socially responsible business practices. Opportunities include legal coordinators, administrative assistants, paralegals and counsel.

JOB PURPOSE

  As Senior Contracts Counsel, you’ll be responsible for reviewing, researching, drafting and negotiating a wide variety of complex commercial agreements, developing strong collaborative relationships with internal business teams and leadership, understanding the Company and its critical business needs, and providing timely, insightful and pragmatic counseling to internal clients on various business matters affecting domestic and global initiatives.  You’ll be expected to provide strong and insightful legal advice, guidance and strategic counsel to the Company on a wide range of commercial issues, and play a key role in helping to mitigate risk, drive efficient commercial processes, and protect the interests of the Company and its relationship with the millions of Independent Beauty Consultants who sell Mary Kay products.

Some litigation and dispute resolution experience related to commercial contracts is required.  Experience with technology agreements is preferred.

Main Accountabilities

  • Research, draft, review and negotiate, and advise on a wide range of complex commercial contracts, including various services, equipment purchase, outsourcing, technology (e.g., cloud computing, SaaS, digital media, application and software development, licensing), transportation, supply chain and manufacturing agreements. 
  • Work closely with key business partners, legal team members, outside counsel and others as necessary to gather facts and information, assess legal risks, and provide strong advice to protect the Company’s interests and help ensure successful commercial relationships and outcomes.
  • Assess legal risks associated with business transactions, initiatives and operations, escalate internally as appropriate, and make pragmatic, insightful and timely recommendations to address those risks.
  • Provide practical education and training to business partners to ensure awareness of applicable Company policies, including the Contract Review Policy, contracts and the contract lifecycle, business accountability, and role clarity in collaborations.  
  • Provide regular guidance and training to attorneys, paralegals and other members of the Legal Division regarding contracts law and related legal matters, as well as Contracts Review Policy and related polices and procedures.
  • Stay current on developments in contracts law and areas of the law relevant to the Company including supply chain, manufacturing, direct sales, digital media, software, SaaS, technology and data privacy.
  • Support other legal projects, duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Qualifications

Education: Bachelor’s degree and law degrees (LL.M or J.D.) from an accredited institution and admission to at least one State Bar with the ability and willingness to be admitted to the State Bar of Texas upon request.

Experience: Minimum 6+ years of legal experience in-house and/or with a law firm drafting, reviewing, negotiating, and advising on a variety of complex commercial agreements.  Experience with technology agreements is strongly preferred.  Litigation experience is required. 

  1. Requires excellent interpersonal and communication skills, tact, diplomacy, and a high level of professionalism in order to interface with outside and opposing counsel, all levels of management, independent sales force, and government officials.
  2. Must possess sound decision-making skills as well as excellent organizational and analytical skills, and the ability to handle tense situations head-on.
  3. Must have strong negotiation skills with a proven track record of successfully negotiating large, complex deals and ensuring business interests are skillfully and strategically protected and represented. Proven dispute resolution skills are required to resolve issues, advise others, and settle claims.
  4. Requires detailed knowledge of commercial contracts terms. IT contract experience strongly preferred. 
  5. Ability to interact effectively with senior management and has a successful track record as both an advisor and business leader
  6. Excellent oral communication skills are required to effectively interact with both internal and external contacts, coordinate legal activities, advise on legal matters, and formulate policy recommendations.
  7. Strong written communication skills required to draft documents, make recommendations, and communicate with both internal and external customers
  8. Some litigation and dispute resolution experience related to commercial contracts is required.  Strong experience with technology agreements is preferred. 
  9. Should be a self-starter, curious, resourceful and a strong leader with a sense of humor. ,
  10. The ability to work successfully in a high-paced environment, multi-task and get work completed with a sense of urgency and timeliness is required.

COMPANY OVERVIEW

At Mary Kay we are committed to enriching the lives of women and their families around the world, we offer careers with unlimited opportunities to do something beautiful every day. More than 5,000 employees work in locations around the world. They provide the products, marketing and other support to millions of Independent Beauty Consultants (IBCs) who work as independent contractors, selling our products directly to consumers in nearly 40 markets on five continents.

We are a company that believes in our people and cares for them with truly exceptional benefits. We offer:

  • A comprehensive health plan which includes medical, dental, and vision with low premiums
  • 401(k) plan
  • A generous profit-sharing program
  • Free access to on-site fitness center and on-site clinic

 

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