• Paralegal - Contracts Specialist I

    Job Location US-MO-Kansas City
    Job ID 0518-18444
    HNTB Job Title
    Contracts Specialist I
    Position Type
    Regular Full-Time
    Category
    Legal/Contracts
  • Why Choose HNTB?

    For more than a century, HNTB has helped deliver infrastructure solutions that best meet the unique needs of our clients. With client relationships spanning decades, we understand infrastructure life cycles and have the perspective to solve technical challenges with clarity and imagination. We are far more than a design firm. We see and help address far-reaching issues of financing, legislation, design, construction, community outreach and ongoing operations. As employee-owners committed to the highest levels of performance, we enable clients to achieve their goals and inspiring visions.

    At HNTB, we’re encouraged to go beyond discovering mere solutions that will impact our very landscape. We are encouraged to ask, “What if?” Our HNTB family fosters an inventive and resourceful commitment to finding unique answers to complex problems. We believe that the act of wondering sparks creativity. We will work to foster your creativity, career and personal growth. Come join HNTB and unleash your spark of imagination.

    For you, “together” can mean the chance to put together an exciting career. At HNTB “together” also means collaborating across geographies and disciplines within the firm. And “together” means that we are partners with our clients. Our goals are linked, and their success is our success. “Together” means that we are engaged in the communities we serve — we live there — and are committed to their growth and development.

    Overview

    The time is right to join HNTB Corporation! HNTB is currently seeking a Paralegal-Contract Specialist to join our team in Kansas City, MO.

    Job Summary

    Provides independent contracting and claims support for small and less complex projects. Reviews professional services contracts and other project-related documentation in order to assess risk and advise project leadership on ways to mitigate risks and improve cash and financial terms with sound contract language and provisions. Provides continuous contracting and claims support from the preliminary go stage through to project construction completion and close out in a highly proactive and responsive manner. May support more experienced team members on large and more complex projects.

    Essential Responsibility

    • Prior to any contract review, conducts project risk assessment (PRA) with team to assess project scope detail and value/risk profile to be used as basis for contract review. Using PRA conducts thorough, context sensitive review of professional service contracts and project documentation to assess risks and compliance with company's contracting policies, procedures and insurance program. Prepares and communicates risk assessments and responds to specific inquiries.
    • Educates project managers and project analysts in the basics of risk assessment and the role of Contracting & Claims (C&C) in contract review and risk evaluation as well as the overall role of Enterprise Operations (EO) regarding Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) and Cash. Serves as the primary liaison (single point of contact) to project team and coordinates with all other EO staff and resources needed to resolve business unit needs.
    • Reviews specialty contracts including but not limited to office leases, technology contracts, general business contracts, joint venture agreements, design build agreements and federal contracts. Provides support as requested for on-going or potential claim situations and in close coordination with Enterprise Risk Management.
    • Works collaboratively with the Contracting & Claims coordinator, attorneys and contract specialists to ensure that work loads are balanced and business unit customers receive the highest level of service and responsiveness possible. Responds to inquiries from project leaders and other management in the area of risk assessment.
    • Supports proposal activity as necessary, especially regarding contract language, compliance with insurance requirements and unique issues. Drafts and proposes alternative contract text to proactively mitigate/minimize risk exposure. Provides support for negotiation of contracts with clients and sub-consultants.
    • Performs other duties as assigned.

    Basic Qualification

    Bachelor's degree in Business, Finance, Legal Studies or related field
    3 years contract related or paralegal experience

    Preferred Qualification/Skills

    - A working knowledge of SharePoint to support internal document review database.
    - Strong oral and written communication skills and attention to detail.
    - Highly proactive and responsive to internal and external customers.
    - Ability to work independently and autonomously to support project goals and deadlines.
    - Ability to remain flexible to juggle multiple deadlines.
     
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    General Work Conditions

    Office Environment: Work is generally performed in an office environment in which there is only minimal exposure to potentially unpleasant working conditions. Incumbent must have the ability to stand and sit frequently, and reach horizontally as well as vertically for overhead use.


    HNTB Corporation is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran. 

    The HNTB Companies are an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, marital status, genetic information, citizenship status, or other status protected by law.  In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, we will hire only U.S. citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States (if the position is or will be one which is subject to U.S. law). We will provide reasonable accommodation for qualified individual with a disability where appropriate.

     

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