BigLaw and Contract Management – Google as Opportunity Missed?
Google seeks a staff person to to start a contract management program. I’ve suggested that BigLaw is missing out in helping corporations manage contracts. Perhaps the Google example illustrates the point.
The job description says “Google, the award-winning search engine, is rapidly growing and is looking for an experienced contract Program Manager to join our legal team.” Responsibilities include
* Create document and project roadmap, and plan and communicate with Google’s Business and Development groups.
* Oversee the day-to-day operational activities of Google Legal’s Contract Management System (CMS).
* Design and develop strategy for support of global implementation of Google Legal’s CMS.
* Ensure and maintain CMS’ SOX compliance as well as business rules compliance.
* Documenting and maintaining all internal and external procedures for CMS.
* Review, analyze, and manage new CMS technology initiatives from conception to implementation and through life span of application.
* Documentation creation for tracking as well as creation of user guides for training.
* Continued familiarity with Legal’s commercial documents and process and procedures.
* Assist in implementing new systems to improve contracts process.
Were I new in this position, I’d see if outside counsel could help. Any firm can help draft contracts, but how many can help think about the whole process for managing them. A bit of advice on systems and approaches to CM might position a firm for some nice on-going legal work. BigLaw CIOs may have an opportunity to help their firm develop new business – a nice change from yet another initiative that just increases costs.
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