Contracts Agent

Gulfport, MS

JOB SUMMARY

This position will develop contracts for our category management strategies and business partners.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

Education

· Bachelor’s degree in Business, Management, Law, Finance, preferred

· Formal education in contract language and law is highly preferred

Experience

  • Experience in procurement or contracts preferred

  • Maximo experience preferred

Knowledge and Skills

  • Contract law and drafting

  • Legal and commercial negotiations

  • Self-motivated and ability to work with minimal supervision

  • Customer focused with ability to build and maintain relationships with internal customers, suppliers, contractors and other key stakeholders

  • Effectively handle tight deadlines, large workloads, and multiple projects with positive enthusiasm

  • Superior written and oral communication, to successfully negotiate contract terms and write such contracts in a clear, logical and concise manner

  • Contract negotiations

  • Ability and determination to support multiple projects under tight deadlines

  • Excellent organizational skills are required to plan and manage assigned workload and customer expectations effectively to meet internal business unit requirements

  • Ability to think strategically and apply broad seasoned judgment to decisions

  • Effective Communications skills

  • Strong Customer Service skills

  • Analytical, negotiation and interpersonal skills

  • Ability to effectively work and participate in cross-functional and cross-company teams at all levels in the organization to ensure buy-in by multiple companies when working on system projects

KEY JOB RESPONSIBLITIES

  • Duties will include the daily support of all sourcing and contracting activities “from cradle to grave”, including advising customers on Request for Information (RFI) and Request for Proposal (RFP) preparation, lead pre-bid meetings, review of offers upon receipt from bidders, cost & price analysis, negotiations, risk assessment, preparing contract documents and agreements; assists in contract administration, incorporation of changes, expediting & follow-up, disposition of claims and contract closeout.

  • Expectations include outstanding oral and written communications with ability to excel in high- level communications with Management at multiple levels

  • Ensure that overall risk is properly controlled and mitigated

  • A typical agent will support projects continuously with defined turnaround parameters (Target Days) for all contract related documents (RFPs, Master Agreements, Non-Disclosure, Amendments, Statements of Work, etc.) throughout the year.

  • Ability to develop a detailed knowledge of the Southern Company procurement policies/procedures and have the capability to become a Subject Matter Expert (SME).

  • Expected to build and maintain a detailed knowledge and understanding of essential legal provisions, contract common law, contract formation issues, remedies, liquidated damages, litigation avoidance, and dispute resolution

  • Ensure all required terms and conditions are included in procurement documents and works with legal, risk management and financial services (accounting) to resolves contractor exceptions and issues in a timely manner

  • Ability or potential to draft contract language in the form of special conditions for complex, non- standard purchases

  • Responsible for identification and evaluation of new sources of supply, domestic and globally, when necessary to meet customer needs, including performing market research and analysis

  • Ability to build and maintain a fundamental to proficient knowledge of our contracting systems utilized in daily support

  • Conflict Resolution, the ability to engage and fix identified issues

  • Maintain the primary interface with contractors in an ethical and respectful manner while protecting the company’s interests

BEHAVIORAL ATTRIBUTES

· Must demonstrate behaviors consistent with the Southern Company values of unquestionable trust, superior performance, and total commitment

· Self-motivated

· Customer focused

· Strong work ethic

· Exhibits a strong sense of urgency

· Promotes teamwork

· Practices ethical behavior

· Displays creativity, initiative, and flexibility

· Learns from and utilizes experience

Mississippi Power , a subsidiary of Southern Company, provides clean, safe, reliable, and affordable energy to more than 192,000 customers and communities in 23 southeast Mississippi counties. In its 98th year, Mississippi Power is a leader in customer service, workforce development and education, environmental stewardship, and employee volunteerism. The company is an industry leader when it comes to working safely, providing around-the-clock reliable service and its expert storm response. Mississippi Power has been at the forefront of innovation in the state through strategic partnerships in electric transportation and solar energy. The company has worked with the Coast Transit Authority to put the state’s first electric public transportation bus in operation and with Forrest County Agriculture High School on the state’s first electric school bus. It also partnered with the Hattiesburg Zoo on a new electric train and worked with the country’s largest Domino’s franchise to electrify its delivery fleet. Also, a leader in renewable energy, Mississippi Power partnered with the Naval Construction Battalion Center to install the first microgrid at a Navy facility. The company was among the first to introduce utility scale solar in the state with nearly 160 MW of renewable energy produced, enough to power 23,000 homes for a year. Mississippi Power’s mission is to provide world-class value to our customers and communities every day.

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is a leading energy provider serving 9 million residential and commercial customers across the Southeast and beyond through its family of companies. Providing clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy with excellent service is our mission. The company has electric operating companies in three states, natural gas distribution companies in four states, a competitive generation company, a leading distributed energy infrastructure company with national capabilities, a fiber optics network, and telecommunications services. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, resilience, and sustainability, we are taking action to meet our customers’ and communities’ needs while advancing our commitment to net zero emissions by 2050. Our uncompromising values ensure we put the needs of those we serve at the center of everything we do and are the key to our sustained success. We are transforming energy into economic, environmental and social progress for tomorrow. Our corporate culture and hiring practices have earned the company national awards and recognition from numerous organizations, including Forbes, Military Times, DiversityInc, Black Enterprise, J.D. Power, Fortune, Human Rights Campaign and more. To learn more, visit www.southerncompany.com.

Southern Company is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

Job Identification: 4949

Job Category: Supply Chain

Job Schedule: Full time

Company: Mississippi Power

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