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Counsel, Technology Procurement

The Coca-Cola Company

  • Location: Atlanta, GA - USA
  • Post Date: 1/1/2019
  • Job Type: FULL TIME
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Job ID: R-15986

Position Overview:

Counsel, Global Technology Procurement will be responsible for supporting the Company's IT function, primarily by negotiating complex commercial contracts on behalf of the Coca-Cola system for IT solutions including cloud, (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS), outsourcing, managed services and cellular agreements. Counsel also will be expected to dedicate a portion of his/her time to provide legal support for the Company's strategic procurement sourcing in certain product categories for the Company, the Company's Bottling Investment Group, and the system's joint procurement program with its authorized bottlers. He/she will report to the Senior Managing Counsel, Commercial Contracting and work cross functionally with our business partners in the worldwide legal operations to efficiently negotiate solutions, draft agreements and manage the IT, Cloud, Privacy and Data Security risks facing the Company.

The ideal candidate will have 5-8 years of experience in a large national law firm or major corporate law department setting with successful transactional experiences and specific experience handling matters involving Cloud Hosting, Privacy and Data Security, among other related issues. He/she will be expected to partner with colleagues in the group on large, complex projects as well as manage his/her own portfolio of matters. In general, he/she will operate independently, handling matters directly with clients working with various constituencies including outside counsel, Company operations counsel, business managers, media relations, and risk management.

The ideal candidate will also have experience in other relevant areas, such as food law, intellectual property, marketing, and antitrust. Excellent verbal and written communication and strong interpersonal skills required.

Function Specific Activities:

Function specific activities

  • Negotiate complex commercial IT solution agreements incorporating understanding of privacy, data security, antitrust and intellectual property law, among other areas.
  • Draft IT and procurement agreements that facilitate the business, drive efficiency and manage the Company's risk. 
  • Provide legal support and governance to the IT, Procurement and Juice Functions in the Company, including advice and counsel regarding compliance with the Company's corporate policies and the Code of Business Conduct..
  • Provide legal and/or business advice to company associates with respect to day-to-day operations.
  • Provide legal and/or business advice to senior management regarding significant obligations, risks and opportunities.
  • Identify, engage and closely manage outside counsel to perform outsourcing services for appropriate IT matters.
  • Manage outside counsel budgets, fees and costs and review and approve invoices.
  • Develop legal subject matter expertise in relevant practice area(s): cloud hosting, privacy, data security, antitrust, and intellectual property.


  • JD Degree and a practicing member in good standing of a US state or international bar.
  • Stellar academic credentials required, including superior records from undergraduate institution and top-tier law school; participation in law review or advocacy program a plus.

Related work experience

  • 5-8 years in a large national law firm and/or major corporate law department

Core Competencies

  • Drives Innovative Business Improvements: Develops new insights into solutions that result in organizational improvements; promotes a work environment that fosters creative thinking, innovation and rational risk-taking.
  • Balances Immediate and Long-Term Priorities: Seeks to meet critical objectives while considering the impact of those decisions and activities on the ability to achieve long-term goals.
  • Delivers Results: Focuses on the critical few objectives that add the most value and channels own and others' energy to consistently deliver results that meet or exceed expectations.
  • Imports and Exports Good Ideas: Relentlessly seeks, shares and adopts ideas and best practices in and outside the Company and embraces change introduced by others.
  • Develops and Inspires Others: Builds and maintains relationships that motivate, guide, and/or reinforce the performance of others toward goal accomplishments. Develops self and others to improve performance in current role and to prepare for future roles; seeks and provides feedback and coaching to enhance performance.
  • Lives the Values: Demonstrates the values of The Coca-Cola Company through words, actions, and by example; fosters an environment that reflects the values of the Company.

Technical Skills

  • Legal Advice. Ability to develop and effectively communicate sound legal advice and/or analysis, including the suggestion of alternative business solutions and best practices while taking into account client's role, objectives and risk tolerance.
  • Client Objectives and Risks. Ability to determine and understand client objectives and risk tolerance. Includes knowledge of methods and/or techniques used to determine to identify objectives or risk tolerance and ability to incorporate the information in making legal decisions.
  • Strong oral and written legal advocacy skills.
  • Legal Memoranda. Ability to research and draft legal memoranda.
  • Legal Research.  Ability to conduct and analyze legal research to determine applicable legal principles. Knowledge of and ability to use legal research resources, including electronic research tools.
  • Legal Solutions. Ability to devise legal solutions that reduce financial liability, costs and negative publicity to acceptable levels.
  • Manage Outside Counsel. Ability to determine appropriate role of outside counsel, including setting parameters for involvement. Includes ability to determine appropriate staffing and controlling fees, costs and expenses.

Job Requirements:

Years of Experience:

5-7 Years Experience

Leadership Behaviors:

  • DRIVE INNOVATION: Generate new or unique solutions and embrace new ideas that help sustain our business(encompassing everything from continuous improvement to new product and package innovation). 
  • COLLABORATE WITH SYSTEM, CUSTOMERS, AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS: Develop and leverage relationships with stakeholders to approximately stretch and impact the System (Company and Bottler).
  • ACT LIKE AN OWNER: Deliver results, creating value for our Brands, our System, our customers, and key stakeholders. 
  • INSPIRE OTHERS: Inspire people to deliver our mission and 2020 Vision, demonstrate passion for the business and give people a reason to believe anything is possible. 
  • DEVELOP SELF AND OTHERS: Develop self and support others' development to achieve full potential. 

Growth Behaviors:

  • GROWTH MINDSET: Demonstrates curiosity. Welcomes failure as a learning opportunity.
  • SMART RISK: Makes bold decisions/recommendations.
  • EXTERNALLY FOCUSED: Understands the upstream and downstream implications of his/her work. Tracks and shares external trends, best practices or ideas.
  • PERFORMANCE DRIVEN AND ACCOUNTABLE: Has high performance standards. Outperforms her/his peers.
  • FAST/AGILE: Removes barriers to move faster. Experiments and adapts. Thrives under pressure and fast pace.
  • EMPOWERED: Brings solutions instead of problems. Challenges the status quo. Has the courage to take an unpopular stance.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class. Apply
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