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Date: May 12, 2022

Location: New York, NY, US, 10281

Company: Associated Press

The Associated Press is an independent global news organization dedicated to factual reporting. Founded in 1846, AP today remains the most trusted source of fast, accurate, unbiased news in all formats and the essential provider of the technology and services vital to the news business. More than half the world's population sees AP journalism every day.



The Associated Press seeks a Contracts Manager for its Global Procurement Department at AP headquarters in New York. This position reports to the Director of Global Procurement.


Global Procurement is responsible for company-wide procurement of goods and/or services. The department’s mission is to maximize efficiencies and leverage procurement practices internally and externally to ensure “the best value at the lowest price” is consistently achieved. The Contracts Manager negotiates and manages the company’s purchasing related contracts. This position is a key contributor to the ongoing development of global procurement and directly contributes to the department’s performance.


The ideal candidate has a record of successfully negotiating legal and business contract terms and is a reliable self-starter capable of managing their own priorities as well as directing suppliers and their respective teams.



  • Review and negotiate a wide range of contracts, including professional services agreements, statements of work, confidentiality agreements, master services agreements, leasing (e.g. office equipment, corporate vehicles) and agreements for technology related services and software licensing
  • Develop standardized contract templates and clauses
  • Educate and assist internal customers with procurement contract inquiries, including advising on contract interpretation
  • Negotiate contract terms directly with vendors’ legal and business representatives
  • Manage the contracts database through database entries, tracking contract renewals and drafting termination notices, amendments and renewals as appropriate and training of end users on contract loading and use of the database
  • Proactively explore new opportunities for cost savings through discussions and education with internal customers on Global Procurement’s overall services and goals
  • Liaise with the legal department on contract negotiations as needed
  • Other projects as required


Desired Skills and Experience

  • A minimum of 7+ years’ experience working with contracts
  • Bachelor’s degree in a business administration, legal studies or a finance related major is preferred
  • Strong drafting skills are required
  • Excellent understanding of legal contract terms is required
  • Paralegal experience a plus
  • Ability to prioritize work to meet internal deadlines and expectations without sacrificing quality
  • Must have analytical skills suitable for understanding financial statements and statistics and technology related performance measurements (service level agreements)
  • Flexibility and willingness to take on projects as assigned in addition to day-to-day responsibilities
  • Excellent interpersonal and written communications skills with ability to communicate professionally with all levels of management, both internally and externally
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office - Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • SharePoint knowledge a plus


Employment is contingent on adhering to all company COVID-19 workplace safety policies and protocols, including providing proof of Covid-19 vaccination in accordance with applicable laws.


Advanced-level professional competency in written and spoken English language is required.  Authorization to work in the United States or United Kingdom for any employer is mandatory.


APPLICATION DEADLINE:  May 28, 2022 @ 11:59 PM ET


AP seeks to build an inclusive organization grounded in respect for differences. We support all aspects of diversity and provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or status as a veteran in accordance with applicable nondiscrimination laws.


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