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This is an expatriate position located in Saudi Arabia.
Position Description: We are seeking a Team Leader of Outside Counsel Relationships.
You will bring your own experience and best practices to help create the role and manage the outside counsel relationships for one of the world’s most profitable and valuable companies. Located at corporate headquarters in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, this leadership position will be a part of the Law Organization with responsibility for the international law firm relationships of one of the world’s busiest and most sophisticated law practices.
Saudi Aramco's Law Organization is growing in response to a broad corporate initiative that involves the continued growth of its exploration, production, refining, and marketing, along with expansion into petrochemicals, renewables, power, and other sectors of the energy business. For adventurous individuals who are interested in working at one of the world's most successful companies, Saudi Aramco offers challenging and sophisticated opportunities within its Law Operations area.
Minimum Requirements: As a successful candidate you should have a bachelor’s degree in business, accounting, or engineering. An advanced degree in law, accounting, and/or office management is preferred.
At least 10 years of relevant work experience with a large corporation, law firm, or professional services company.
Demonstrated understanding of traditional and alternative fee arrangements. Advanced knowledge of legal billing software.
Working knowledge of relevant systems and tools available for matter, document, and vendor management, including e-billing systems.
Advanced Microsoft Office and other relevant software. Strong leadership, management, and motivational skills.
Excellent oral and written communications skills.
Ability to influence and leverage relationships within and outside the Law Organization.
Excellent analytical skills and the ability to make informed recommendations. Ability to present complex information in an accurate and persuasive manner to all levels of management.
High level of professionalism, team player, and a strong client service orientation.
Ability to easily handle shifting priorities and multitasking in a deadline-oriented environment.
Duties & Responsibilities: You will be required to perform the following:
Serve as the Law Organization’s liaison with outside counsel.
Oversight of the Matter Management and e-billing system.
Oversight of strategic projects and initiatives and relevant policies and procedures.
Track and analyze relevant billing data, statistics, and trends. Provide billing reports and analysis to Law Management to assist with decision-making.
Negotiate with outside counsel to ensure competitive and fair billing.
Resolve billing disputes and discrepancies.
Optimize outside counsel spend.
Develop and implementing cost-control initiatives.
Evaluate rate increase requests, implementing alternative fee arrangements and performance scorecards, and coordinating annual outside counsel meetings and other programs.
Evaluate requests for proposals with outside counsel. Conduct risk assessment and develop commensurate contingency plans. Identify resource requirements, processes, costs, and timelines.
Identify trends influencing the Law Organization’s legal spend and matter workload.
Establish and document relevant best practices. Coordinate with the Law Organization’s attorneys as to outside counsel matters.
Assist in budget monitoring and forecasting.
Be prepared to undertake a limited amount of travel.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Internal Number: 17124BR
About Saudi Aramco
Saudi Aramco is a fully integrated, global petroleum enterprise, and a world leader in exploration and producing, refining, distribution, marketing and petrochemicals manufacturing. The company manages reserves of 332.9 billion barrels of oil equivalent. In addition to its headquarters in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, Saudi Aramco has affiliates, joint ventures and subsidiary offices in China, Japan, India, the Netherlands, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.