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Cognizant Technology Solutions Associate Director - Contract Commercial Lead in Seattle, Washington

Title: Senior Contract Commercial ManagerAbout CognizantCognizant (Nasdaq-100: CTSH) is one of the world's leading professional services companies, transforming clients' business, operating and technology models for the digital era. Our unique industry-based, consultative approach helps clients envision, build and run more innovative and efficient businesses. Headquartered in the U.S., Cognizant is mid-ranked on the Fortune 500 and is consistently listed among the most admired companies in the world. Learn how Cognizant helps clients lead with digital at or follow us @Cognizant.Contract Lifecycle Risk Management (CLRM)Cognizant's commercial contracts are an integral component of client relationships. Ideally, contracts reflect a shared understanding of the value Cognizant delivers to clients as well as serving as a blueprint for delivery success and protecting the company against commercial and legal risks. The objective of the CLRM program is to help ensure Cognizant's client contracts embody these aims, supporting all verticals and business units across the organization with the objective to improve financial/ operational performance and minimize/ mitigate risk at each stage of the contract lifecycle (contract creation, execution, and analysis).Summary of RoleIn this client-facing role, we are looking for an experienced Senior Contract Commercial Manager to serve as the point of contact for specified key client/s in respect of all contract related matters, and to provide ad hoc contract management support to other accounts and on CLRM program initiatives. The role may also include being responsible for a BU portfolio and supervising a small team of contract managers. Reporting into the global Contract Lifecycle Risk Management (CLRM) function, you will leverage your extensive contracting experience gained in respect of complex IT services contracts to promote and help apply contract commercial management best practices in a pragmatic way to all aspects of Cognizant's relationship with the client, from proposal stage, through SOW negotiation, service delivery & completion. We are looking for confident and intellectually curious people to join the team. To succeed here, you need to be a self-starter with an entrepreneurial mindset who is willing to try new ways of doing things, initiate and drive outcomes taking responsibility and accountability. You are comfortable relying on your experience and judgment to navigate ambiguity and adapt to changing circumstances. A savvy communicator with great people skills, you are a team player who will be comfortable building relationships with a geographically dispersed team and with stakeholders in other functions and embraces opportunities to shape the future. Key Responsibilities:Proactively contribute commercial and contract thought leadership to support the engagement / CLRM leadership in their strategic planning and engagement with the client and on CLRM initiatives. Point of contact for your engagement team and client/s on all contractual matters, including contract performance/ compliance, SOWs, MSA Amendments, contractual queries, commercial issues and escalations and lead coordinating inputs from internal stakeholders and client closure.Chair and/or facilitate contract related governance meetings with the client's business stakeholders and sourcing / procurement team and oversee creation of contractual reporting to the client.Commercial shaping, drafting and negotiating of various forms of complex contractual documents, coordinating with relevant SMEs as appropriate and undertaking necessary escalations. Work with SMEs to prepare pragmatic responses/ mark ups to client drafts, collaborate with leadership in setting negotiation strategy and lead the negotiation team to execute on the strategy. Lead and act as a subject matter expert, thought leader and trusted advisor on matter