Manager, Legal Affairs – Transactions Paralegal

The Friedkin Group
Published
March 25, 2021
Location
Houston, TX
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SUMMARY The Manager, Legal Affairs-Transactions, GSFS Group will provide both legal and general support and assistance to the Vice President, Legal Affairs and to other staff attorneys in order to enhance the Legal Department's effectiveness in representing GSFSGroup. The Manager, Legal Affairs will 1) initiate, manage and complete various legal and business projects; 2) assume organizational responsibility for various projects and revise as appropriate to meet changing needs and requirements; 3) identify resources needed to support legal and business projects and obtain them accordingly; 4) manage daily operational aspects of legal projects; 5) perform legal research as needed; 6) ensure the smooth flow of information to and from the Legal Department, and 7) maintain positive relations for the Legal Department within GSFSGroup and with other affiliated companies, associates, outside attorneys and professionals, business partners, customers and vendors. The Manager, Legal Affairs will also take action to enhance cross-functional coordination and expand internal communications within GSFSGroup and among affiliated companies. RESPONSIBILITIES * Document Drafting and Analysis. Prepare, summarize and analyze initial drafts of contracts, amendments, marketing material and other legal documents for review, approval and use by legal department attorneys and business unit clients. Analyze contracts and marketing materials to ensure compliance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations, contract specifications, company policies and business terms. Maintain contract templates. * Legal Research: Manage and perform legal, regulatory and/or factual research and investigations relevant to GSFSGroup as specifically assigned or as identified in conjunction with a project; analyze data, and recommend courses of action. Prepare reports analyzing and summarizing findings. Analyze and identify laws and regulations applicable to the business and/or with a project. * Due Diligence: Provide assistance with due diligence efforts and vendor review including, legal entity verification, analysis of documentation and research. * Project Management: Provide overall project management on various Legal Department projects and Legal Department assignments for corporate initiatives. * Manage Information: Manage the flow of certain information into and out of the Legal Department. Manage confidential and proprietary information and papers. File correspondence and legal documents in office filing system to maintain confidentiality and for safe keeping. As authorized, ensure outgoing documents are accurate, comply with company policies, and reflect the Legal Department's and/or GSFSGroup's views. Communicate effectively. * Organizational Support: Identify organizational needs and initiate projects to address them. Maintain common department-wide organizational systems. Assist associates in the Legal Department prepare for presentations, meetings, and conferences. Create and proofread letters, presentations, proposals, agreements, contracts and other legal documents for contextual and grammatical accuracy. Provide routine administrative support and participate in department projects. * Other: Handle other specific tasks and duties as assigned including direct responsibilities for initiating and completing special projects. QUALIFICATIONS Required: Bachelor's Degree from a four-year college or university; ten or more years paralegal or related or training experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience with contract drafting and paralegal experience in a large law firm and in house legal department required. Experience with legal department operations and project management is desirable. CRITICAL COMPETENCIES * Demonstrate excellent contract drafting, writing, and editing skills and a willingness to take initiative to recognize and address problems, propose solutions and make continuous process improvements pertaining to areas of responsibility. * Ability to thrive in a fast paced environment. Ability to manage and prioritize workload, and manage frequent changes in priorities and deadlines. Perform detail-oriented work under minimal supervision and demonstration of sound judgment in decision making and issues management. * Demonstrate exceptional organizational skills and organizational initiative in a corporate legal environment, including project planning and project management. * Ability to communicate effectively -- orally and in writing. Ability to listen effectively and then act appropriately. * High knowledge of legal concepts pertaining to areas of responsibility. High work standards and attention to detail. * Demonstrate leadership and team player qualities that develop high levels of trust, confidence and business partnering with legal department, management, associates and customers. * Demonstrate punctuality, time management, organization, planning and coordination skills. * Demonstrate proficient computer skills, including Excel, Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Westlaw and Internet search capabilities. * Ability to support and enhance change. * Ability to maintain confidentiality of information. * Demonstrate an understanding of responsibilities and objectives of legal department. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an associate to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. While performing the duties of the job, the associate is required on a daily basis to analyze and interpret data, communicate, and remain in a stationary position for a significant amount of the work day; and frequently access, input, and retrieve information from the computer and other office productivity devices. The associate is regularly required to move about the office and around the corporate campus. The associate is occasionally required to travel to other sites, including out-of-state, where applicable, for business. The associate must frequently move up to 10 pounds and occasionally move up to 25 pounds. WORK ENVIRONMENT The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an associate encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. While the job is generally performed in an office environment, the associate is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, areas in which moving mechanical parts, fumes, toxic or caustic chemicals are present, and outside weather conditions. The noise level in the office environment is typically quiet, but the associate may be occasionally exposed to loud noise levels. TRAVEL REQUIRED Minimal travel is required for this position (up to 20% of the time and on a domestic basis). *Legally authorized to work in the United States, without sponsorship. The Friedkin Group and its affiliates are equal opportunity employers and maintain drug-free workplaces by conducting pre-employment drug testing #LI-AG1Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Protected Veterans/Disabled

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