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Experian Contracts Counsel in Costa Mesa, California

Experian is seeking an experienced attorney with several years of experience working with complex agreements for sophisticated clients in a variety of industries, including telecom, financial services, public sector, fintech, and technology. The position will provide you the opportunity to negotiate contracts directly with Experian’s business clients, requiring in-depth work with and understanding of agreements for a variety of products and services, includingcreditand marketing data services, SaaS, licensed software, consulting, professional services, and analytics, as well as NDAs, evaluation agreements, teaming agreements, standard terms and conditions, service level agreements, and master services agreements.

As a front-line negotiator, you will find creative solutions that meet both Experian’s and its clients’ business and compliance needs and ensure that negotiated contracts comply with Experian policiesandbusiness practices, and regulatory requirements. This position requires coordination with various stakeholders and subject matter experts in various roles, includinginformation security,internal and regulatory compliance, sales, product marketing, corporate legal, and finance to help drive transactions to successful completion within the required (and oftentimes aggressive) time frame.

You will also maintain and enforce contracting policies, which will involve obtaining and documenting approvals for non-standard terms and pricing, assisting sales teams with on-going administration of client contracts, advising management on contractual terms and risks, and providing training to sales and other departments on contract issues and negotiation strategies. You will need to be adept at using your judgment and making sound decisions quickly in order to facilitate deal execution while minimizing risk to Experian’s interests.

*Qualifications: *

  • AJ.D.from an accredited university
  • Admission to California Bar or another state bar
  • 5-7 years of experience in a law firm or corporate legal environment or contracts department
  • High level of comfort in a large, complex corporate environment
  • Ability to effectively support numerous business units with diverse needs and changing priorities
  • Excellent contract drafting skills
  • Ability to lead a contract negotiation, understanding how to balance key risks and opportunities to reach a mutually acceptable agreement while maintaining a professional decorum and fostering strong internal and external relationships
  • Working knowledge of and significant experience negotiating critical contract terms, such as Limitations of Liability, Indemnification, Warranties, Termination, Data Security, and Confidentiality
  • Experience aligning contract terms to meet revenue recognition requirements and accounting rules for various types of services, including software and custom development projects
  • Ability to communicate substantive content via email in an impactful and concise manner
  • Familiarity with FCRA, GLB, UDAAP, GDPR, CCPA, and HIPPA is desirable
  • Proven ability to prioritize multiple tasks to meet competing priorities and/or deadlines
  • Strong organizational and communication skills (both written and oral)
  • Proven success working directly with and in support of a sales-focused organization
  • Demonstrated strong interest in and desire to use and embrace technology
  • Excellent and advanced Microsoft Word skills
  • Proficient in Adobe products, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • experience preferred, but not required

Some Attributes of a Successful Candidate:

  • General comfort interacting directly with business/technical colleagues and executive leadership in order to provide succinct, results-oriented advice in connection with contract terms and business policies/practices
  • Confident decision-making abilities and a willingness to exercise appropriate levels of discretion in order to enable business outcomes
  • Passion for learning, both as a lawyer and more generally as a business professional
  • Dependable and responsive – willingness to go above and beyond when business needs dictate
  • Problem solver with a “take charge” mentality
  • Team player with a positive attitude – collaborative, contributes to team success, and willing to take on a challenge
  • Welcomes and provides constructive feedback
  • Adaptable and flexible with a mindset toward innovation and growth
  • Values customer service and sincerely wants to help where needed – truly enjoys working directly with clients and sales people at all levels


Working for a leading FTSE 50 global information services company is just one of the rewards of joining Experian. Our benefits package is designed to reward contribution and loyalty and to attract the kind of talented individuals who have their pick of employers. That is why we offer a highly competitive package which comprises:

  • Competitive base salary
  • Aggressive bonus plan
  • Core benefits including: full medical, dental, vision, matching 401K and the opportunity to work with a global leader

Experian is listed on the London Stock Exchange (EXPN) and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index. Total revenue for the year ended March 31, 2019 was $4.8 billion. Experian employs over 17,000 people across 44 countries.

Experian is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Anyone needing accommodation to complete the interview process should notify the talent acquisition partner. The word "Experian" is a registered trademark in the EU and other countries and is owned by Experian Ltd. and/or its associated companies.

EEO Including Disability/Veterans

Job: *Legal & Compliance

Organization: *CIS

Title: Contracts Counsel

Location: California-Costa Mesa

Requisition ID: 203886