Legal and Contracts Manager

Montréal, QC

The Legal and Contracts Manager oversees the bidding and proposal cycle for the Legal and Contracts group. The role involves identifying risks, providing risk mitigation recommendations, preparing statements of compliance, contracts, and related agreements. The Legal and Contracts Manager ensures that compliance and governance procedures are implemented, enforced, and adhered to in all areas related to the business unit, particularly during the bidding and proposal cycle, and drafts/negotiates general terms and conditions to protect the company's interests and ensure project profitability.


Key Responsibilities

  • Draft, structure, implement, and manage contractual documents based on internal processes to establish and maintain good business relationships with customers;
  • Participate in the preparation of bid and proposal packages following internal processes, from the decision not to bid to the implementation and management of the contract;
  • Conduct legal research and provide opinions as needed;
  • Participate in price, delivery, and general terms and conditions negotiations with customers;
  • Manage contracts during the execution phase;
  • Liaise with procurement, finance, and other departments to ensure proper communication of the main contract conditions to suppliers and subcontractors;
  • Continuously review contracts regarding financial, legal, and technical obligations and monitor program changes;
  • Stay updated on all projects assigned by participating in various internal and external meetings;
  • Support periodic internal and external audits;
  • Provide legal support, including contract summaries, intellectual property management, legal analysis, and opinions;
  • Prepare briefings for management and stakeholders on the status of proposals and contracts;
  • Monitor risks, escalate issues, and propose action plans or solutions;
  • Coordinate information and participate in handling litigation files;
  • Handle access to information requests and various governmental declarations and requirements as they arise;
  • Assist the local Trade Compliance Officer regarding export control matters, as necessary; and
  • Implement and oversee the Thales group’s governance and compliance program and processes.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Law degree (LLB or equivalent) or equivalent experience;
  • If a licensed attorney, membership in good standing with a provincial bar;
  • A minimum of three years of experience practicing commercial law for a law firm, government, or corporation, or equivalent;
  • Practical knowledge of public procurement policies and procedures;
  • Ability to organize and prioritize contractual and commercial risks;
  • Negotiation skills and ability to effectively reach negotiated compromises;
  • Written and verbal communication skills in English and French;
  • Strong interpersonal skills; and
  • Ability to work independently.


Special Requirements

  • Experience managing defense contracts under the Defense Production Act and the Canadian government's procurement processes; and
  • Knowledge of equipment, software, technology, or technical data controlled under the Canadian Export Control List, the Canadian Controlled Goods Program, the Canadian Industrial Security Program, the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), and/or the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). All candidates must meet the eligibility criteria outlined in the Canadian Controlled Goods Program and be able to obtain a Canadian NATO Secret clearance.


What We Offer

Thales offers a comprehensive benefits program to all full-time employees working 24 hours or more per week and their eligible dependents, including the following:

  • Retirement savings plans (RRSP, DPSP, TFSA) with company contribution and matching contribution to a DPSP, with no vesting period.
  • Company-paid holidays, vacation, and sick leave.
  • Voluntary life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, critical illness insurance, long-term disability insurance.
  • Employee discounts on home and auto insurance.


Thales is an equal opportunity employer which values diversity and inclusivity in the workplace. Thales is committed to providing accommodations throughout the recruitment process. Applicants selected for an interview who require accommodation are asked to notify us upon the interview invitation; our team will gladly work with each candidate to meet their specific needs. All accommodation information will be treated confidentially and used solely to provide an accessible candidate experience.


This position requires direct or indirect access to hardware, software, or technical information controlled under the Canadian Export Control List, the Canadian Controlled Goods Program, the Canadian Industrial Security Program, the US International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), and/or the US Export Administration Regulations (EAR). All applicants must be eligible or able to obtain authorization for such access, including eligibility to the Canadian Controlled Goods Program and the ability to obtain a Canadian NATO Secret clearance.

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