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Vendor Contracts Counsel - 3DHTK in Buffalo, NY at M&T Bank

Date Posted: 6/11/2018

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M&T Bank

Counsel – Vendor Contracts Attorney

Preferred location: Buffalo, NY

Alternate Locations: NYC, NY or Wilmington, DE


The successful candidate will be located in (i) Buffalo, NY (ii) New York City, or (iii) Wilmington, Delaware, and will join the Legal Department’s vendor contracts group to support M&T Bank Corporation and its affiliates (“M&T”) with respect to enterprise-wide vendor, supply and third party contracts, often involving technology and software services.  The successful candidate will be responsible for reviewing, drafting and negotiating a large volume of vendor contracts with significant dollar exposure and operational impact to M&T, as well as advising on applicable laws and regulations relating to bank vendor relationships.  In performing this role, the candidate is responsible for ensuring that M&T’s objectives are met, associated risks are identified and managed and applicable laws, regulations, rules, guidance, industry standards and internal M&T policies and procedures are complied with.  The candidate will work in consultation with other subject matter attorneys in the Legal Department and business partners throughout M&T.  


More specifically, the successful candidate will be responsible for:  


Providing legal support to M&T’s Third Party Risk Management group (“TPRM Group”)


Advising on sophisticated vendor arrangements by M&T, often involving technology, services, consulting, outsourcing, and other commercial transactions, ranging in complexity, profile, and scale


Reviewing, drafting and negotiating M&T’s vendor contracts and advising on related matters, including:


agreements for outsourced services, computer hardware, software, cloud-based services, telecommunications, market data agreements, and customer-facing systems;


- software and intellectual property license


- data and information license


-application service provider and software-as-a-service agreements (cloud)


- consulting, professional services and other services agreement


- supply agreements


- sponsorship agreements


Interfacing with M&T’s business units, subject matter experts, Compliance, Risk and the TPRM Group to resolve issues


Preparing and maintaining standard template forms of vendor contracts and boilerplate provisions for M&T


Providing legal guidance on issues that arise in connection with prospective and ongoing vendor management engagements, including contract interpretation, and advising on contractual implications to an engagement


Supporting the TPRM Group’s efforts to improve M&T’s utilization of vendors and suppliers. Providing feedback on process architecture, process efficiencies, and cost saving


 Monitoring and remaining current on regulatory guidance and industry practices for effectively managing third-party risk


Overseeing outside counsel retained to advise on vendor contract negotiation and matters


Keep senior management and other personnel up to date on pertinent legal and regulatory developments, including legal risks


Minimum Qualifications


 J.D. degree required.  Licensed to practice law in New York or Delaware (or ability to obtain an in-house counsel license in New York or Delaware, as applicable)  


Minimum of 4 plus years plus of relevant experience with contract review and negotiation


Ability to handle multiple tasks, take on new responsibilities and prioritize work in a deadline-intensive environment; experience in leading and facilitating change


Ability to understand and integrate details of business/operational/systemic environment in applying legal and policy requirements


Exceptional written work product with a particular focus on contracts drafting and written client communications


 Experience identifying, evaluating and escalating legal risk issues


Strong communication skills to deal with internal and external constituencies, including senior business leaders; external counsel; regulatory officials;  risk, compliance and audit counterparts at the organization; counterparts at other companies; and industry representatives


Exceptional written and verbal communications skills; ability to communicate and relate at all levels of the organization


The ability to present complex information in concise terms


 Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills and ability to influence through collaboration


Demonstrated experience in leading others, both through direct relationships and/or indirectly (influencing without direct authority)


Proven ability to solve problems and put in place creative solutions to address a client’s needs, concerns, and risks


Demonstrated experience reviewing technology contracts in a corporate commercial contracts administration environment, including knowledge of industry concepts, terminology, clauses, and standard procedures


Working knowledge of, and substantial experience in handling, legal issues associated with contract, cybersecurity, the Internet, electronic contracting, commercial contracting practices, and/or intellectual property

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