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Under the supervision of the Director Legal and other attorneys in the Legal Department the Senior License Negotiator negotiates major new contracts and amendments to existing contracts which involves the negotiation of the type of contract, contractual terms and conditions, and intellectual property parameters. The contracts and amendments are complex agreements involving interaction with foreign and domestic businesses including utilities, vendors and research/consulting firms for research and development within the global electricity industry.
Often collaborates with Sourcing, Order Management and the R&D staff on strategies to deal with complex legal requirements and management of risk.
Supports the Legal department’s counsels by mentoring and providing guidance to junior team members.
Evaluates and analyzes project needs in close collaboration with technical staff and determines appropriate documentation avenues and necessary contractual requirements.
Upon an analysis of risk and the respective negotiation positions, drafts specific contractual language including standard provisions plus special provisions for the protection of intellectual property, parameters for sharing confidential information, liability allocation, warranties, export control, governing law, dispute resolution and deliverable access.
Reviews and negotiates inbound/ outbound/ cross-licenses, non-disclosure agreements and other types of agreements and commercialization approaches, in proactive teamwork with technical staff, to ensure consistency with EPRI’s risk appetite, mission, policies, procedures, and practices.
Acts as first point of contact for memoranda of understanding, affidavits and other matters pertaining to Nuclear regulatory and industry bodies.
Drives the internal review and approval of special provisions by counsels in Legal team and by decision makers in other teams (R&D, Finance, etc.).
Drives identification of unrelated business activities, IP justification waivers and barter transaction structuring, review and approval.
Reviews and approves contracts and amendments based on counsel assignment
Drives the negotiation of complex licensing arrangements in teamwork with technical staff, Sourcing, Order Management and/or, if appropriate, counsel.
Identifies and informs management of policy issues arising during contract negotiations and recommends constructive resolution.
Provides advice and assistance as required on intellectual property and access matters to other EPRI staff and groups who are supporting the customer.
Assists in the review and development of updated or enhanced contracting policies and procedures, including development of templates and new special agreements.
Special projects as assigned, including export control (Part 810) and newly emerging domestic or international compliance and legal issues.
Education Level and Years of Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in a technical or legal field or equivalent experience required. Attorney qualification a plus.
7+ years of utility experience. Experience with utility/Nuclear industry preferred. Must have experience in working independently and cooperatively with technical staff and with colleagues on-site as well as in remote locations.
Must have experience in negotiations, risk assessments, multi-tasking, managing deadlines, and successfully balancing competing workloads.
International business experience and fluency in one or more additional languages preferred.
Export Control experience (Part 810) a plus.
Discernment of risk issues and practical recommendation for their resolution within EPRI’s structure
Advanced understanding of the dynamics of negotiations (international experience preferred)
Advanced understanding of standard commercial terms and conditions and intellectual property concepts
Previous experience with SAP or similar ERP systems, and Online Contracting is a plus.
Experience in negotiating practical contracts including the formulation of contractual provisions, terms and conditions.
Self-starter capable of working independently, managing deadlines and competing workloads, making informed decisions and seeking advice/decisions from others when needed.
Diplomatic, collaborative relationship builder
Ability to mentor and coach less experienced staff
Excellent listening and oral and written communications skills
Superior organizational, problem solving, interpersonal and teaming skills
Advanced Microsoft Word, Outlook, Power Point skills and basic Excel skills.
EPRI participates in E-Verify, an online system operated jointly by the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration (SSA). EPRI uses the system to check the work status of new hires by comparing information from the employee's I-9 form against SSA and Department of Homeland Security databases.
Note: To ensure compliance with U.S. export controls, please indicate your U.S. citizenship or (for foreign citizens) your U.S. visa/immigration status in your resume or cover letter.
Additional Salary Information: Base Salary, Bonus, and 401k
About Electric Power Research Institute
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) conducts research, development, and demonstration projects for the benefit of the public in the United States and internationally. As an independent, nonprofit organization for public interest energy and environmental research, we focus on electricity generation, delivery, and use in collaboration with the electricity sector, its stakeholders and others to enhance the quality of life by making electric power safe, reliable, affordable, and environmentally responsible.