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Sr. Contracts Negotiator

Houston, TX

Post Date: 07/26/2017 Job ID: 159960 Industry: Procurement


  • Supports the business' strategic contractual requirements.
  • Coordinates with cross-functional groups (e.g., Legal, Risk, Tax, Compliance, Trade, Finance, etc.) to ensure that all contracts represent the company's financial and risk profile tolerances.
  • Analyzes contracts, laws and regulations that govern or impact oil and gas exploration, development, production and transportation activities for U.S. domestic operations, particularly U.S. onshore.
  • Prepares, reviews, analyzes, modifies, negotiates, executes, and administers supply chain/procurement related contracts (e.g., confidentiality agreements, service agreements, including but not limited to, Master Agreement for Goods and Services, Consulting Agreements, Master Engineering Services Contracts, geophysical contracts, drilling rig contracts, construction contracts, transportation contracts, waste transport and/or disposal contracts, and staffing agreements, etc.).
  • Facilitates contract compliance by ensuring proper communication of requirements.
  • Provides general contractual / commercial advice to business team members.
  • Keeps current on regulations, political risk factors and industry changes that may impact the company.
  • Exhibits a customer service focus that enables internal customers to succeed in a manner that meets the company's risk profile and protects its interest.


  • Knowledge of drilling, production, exploration, midstream, and U.S. domestic (onshore) contracts is preferred.
  • Knowledge of indemnity structures utilized in and the interrelated aspects of contracts.
  • Knowledge of U.C.C. (Uniform Commercial Code), Art. 2 (Sale of Goods) is preferred.
  • Knowledge of contracts for major projects for U.S. onshore preferred.
  • Strong general business and contract writing experience.
  • Experience negotiating terms and conditions, and incentives for contracts with the ability to anticipate, identify, and resolve complex contractual issues.
  • Conducts research to provide input towards more complex solutions/alternatives to meet internal customer requirements.
  • Directs and leads negotiations on standard procurement contracts; and may assist with complex contracts.
  • Facilitates contract compliance by ensuring proper communication of requirements.
  • Provides routine and more complex contractual / commercial advice to business team members.
  • Provides guidance to supply chain staff regarding contractual matters.
  • Acts as contracts lead on major projects and initiatives


  • Bachelor's degree required
  • Minimum Five years of domestic contracts experience in the Oil and Gas industry or related field is desired
  • Juris Doctor is preferred

Minja Pyykonen-Schmelzl

Minja Schmelzl has been with Cenergy International for a year and a half as a Recruiter & Program Administrator. Her favorite part of her job is "the ability to change people's lives.” Minja's preferred method of contact is by email.

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