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Sr. Specialist Legal Operations (Preferred Partner Program)

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 10065046 Location Burbank, California, United States Business The Walt Disney Company (Corporate) Date posted Jan. 31, 2024

Job Summary:

** Please note: This role sits in Burbank, CA and this person will be required to be on-site 4x/ week. **

Sr. Specialist, Legal Operations

Business: The Walt Disney Company (Corporate)

Job Overview:

The Disney Legal and Government Affairs (LGA) Department seeks a Senior Specialist, Legal Operations to support external spend management.  Reporting to the Manager, Legal Operations, this role will provide value to the company by creating analytical reporting across our framework of 500+ domestic and international firms.  This role will also be a key collaborator and contributor in analytical reporting specific to an Outside Counsel Partner Program, working with executive leadership, Legal Operations, and Procurement to substantiate both competitive and non-competitive RFP models.  As part of our commitment to further outside counsel DEI goals, the analysis created by this Sr. Specialist will be critical in helping develop strategic spend models across a diverse body of work.  This role will be a part of the Legal Operations team, which drives efficiency, effectiveness, and business value to the Legal community.

Overall Outside Counsel Spend & Legal Professional Services (50%)

  • Support internal budgeting for the organization when engaging outside counsel, consisting of 500+ Domestic and International firms

    • Facilitate budget sheet creation between domestic and international LGA leadership, outside counsel, and Disney Procurement across various areas of spend (including but not limited to RFPs)

    • Facilitate competitive analysis as required, specifically for matter areas of high-spend

    • Along with the Manager of Business Operations, provide a strategic overview of spend trends that align with programmatic outside counsel goals

    • Leveraging metrics, identify areas of continued growth and efficiencies by engaging our International markets  

    • Lead exploration of delivery and service models that provide value

    • Support updates across our Billing Guidelines 

  • Analyze legal professional services spend

  • Collaborate with Sourcing & Procurement and Finance teams

  • Cultivate a deeper understanding of the legal services landscape and establish a presence in the Legal Operations groups to share and obtain best practices

Outside Counsel Partner Program (50%)

  • Coordinate business reviews with those firms participating in a strategic Outside Counsel partner program, sharing KPIs and creating a feedback loop for fostering continuous improvement

    • Expected to conduct solo interviews with the firm as needed, exercising judgement, and asking analytical probing questions based on previous answers

    • Track and measure metrics for reporting and goal delivery

    • Support to create executive style summaries utilizing data and industry benchmarks

    • Synthesize data capture across firms, drawing correlations and observations where applicable

  • Partner on outside counsel DEI goals and conduct analysis to ensure progress

    • Collate and analyze DEI survey data as available, including but not limited to Mansfield or other

    • Support ongoing conversations and communication between TWDC LGA and outside counsel by identifying key DEI data metrics as needed

    • Advancing outside counsel DEI may include planning and hosting events and facilitating meetings

  • Partner with Disney GIS/Privacy to conduct and select for annual review of outside counsel

  • Role will be expected to run independently, as needed, showing initiative and identifying business opportunities when arise with little supervision.

  • Advance reporting and communication cadence for internal and external stakeholders

  • Support business continuity on how we engage non-partner outside counsel and legal professional services

    • Maintain processes and workflows that align with outside counsel program goals

    • Collaborate in the exploration of delivery and service models that provide value

    • Support Billing Guidelines Updates

  • Analyze, administer and manage legal professional services spend

  • Collaborate with Sourcing & Procurement and Finance teams

  • Cultivate a deeper understanding of the legal services landscape and establish a presence in the Legal Operations groups to share and obtain best practices; make recommendations when opportunities arise

Here’s what you will need to be successful in this role:

  • Able to communicate clearly and effectively to a diverse array of audiences, including senior executives

  • Ability to prioritize and multitask while meeting tight deadlines

  • Ability to coordinate and liaise with multiple departments using strong project management and sound judgment skills

  • Passionate about transforming business operations using technology with complimentary processes and creating a culture of continuous improvement

  • Knowledgeable about Legal concepts and processes

  • Curious about data and the ability to analyze programs effectively

  • Ability to prioritize large collection of projects and tasks, always keeping business value as the guiding principle

  • Extensive experience using Microsoft Office suite, specifically strong proficiency in Excel, Word, and PowerPoint

  • Collaborative personality and a team player

  • Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills

Required Education

  • Bachelor’s degree

  • Preferred experience with Legal and/or finance and/or Project Management functions

It would be great if you also had these skills/experiences:

  • Prior experience in a Disney department is a plus

  • Prior experience in sourcing & procurement

  • Advanced degree or certification in Business Administration or Economics


The hiring range for this position in Burbank, CA is $77,100.00 to $103,400.00 per year. The base pay actually offered will take into account internal equity and also may vary depending on the candidate’s geographic region, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience among other factors. A bonus and/or long-term incentive units may be provided as part of the compensation package, in addition to the full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits, dependent on the level and position offered.

About The Walt Disney Company (Corporate):

At Disney Corporate you can see how the businesses behind the Company’s powerful brands come together to create the most innovative, far-reaching and admired entertainment company in the world. As a member of a corporate team, you’ll work with world-class leaders driving the strategies that keep The Walt Disney Company at the leading edge of entertainment. See and be seen by other innovative thinkers as you enable the greatest storytellers in the world to create memories for millions of families around the globe.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: Disney Entertainment, ESPN, Disney Parks, and Experiences and Products. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with TWDC Enterprises 18 Corp., which is part of a business we call The Walt Disney Company (Corporate).

TWDC Enterprises 18 Corp. is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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