Contract Specialist

| Chicago

About Camelot Illinois

Camelot Illinois is the integrated business manager of the Illinois Lottery. The company is restoring transparency, integrity, and responsibility to the Illinois Lottery. In partnership with the state, Camelot is operating a modern lottery that truly benefits the people of Illinois. The company’s innovative approach places consumers, social responsibility and the state at its core, providing funding for schools, capital projects, and special causes. Camelot is committed to building a progressive organization with the strength and experience to grow the lottery and reinforce its rightful position as a force for good.

Camelot Illinois is a subsidiary of Camelot Lottery Solutions, a leading solutions and technology provider to lotteries around the world. Camelot Lottery Solutions digital and data platforms, and services power some of the most innovative and fastest growing lotteries in the world including the Irish and UK National Lotteries, Loterie Romande (Switzerland), and the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery.

Our sister company, Camelot UK, has operated the UK National Lottery since 1994. Camelot UK has an unrivaled track record for success, helping the UK National Lottery deliver over $80 billion to winners and $46 billion to good causes to date.

About the Team:

The Procurement team will be a model of transparency and collaboration at the core of all cross-functional commercial decision making.

Position Overview:

Within Camelot Illinois, the Contract Specialist reports to the Director of Procurement under the leadership of the Vice President of Compliance and General Counsel. The person in this position assists the Director in the implementation of policies and procedures by which contacts are established and contracts are approved. Established standards of good business practice, sound fiscal management and protection of the assets of the Illinois Lottery (and Camelot Illinois) are used as the criteria for approval of contractual arrangements.

Responsibilities:

  • Review, draft and negotiate contracts (e.g., master services agreements, consulting agreements, licensing agreements, non-disclosure agreements, professional service agreements, purchase orders and any amendments) according to the requirements of the State of Illinois
  • Evaluate the contractual provisions for the benefit of the Illinois Lottery and Camelot
  • Review all contracts with the Director of Procurement
  • Review the legal terms and conditions with Camelot’s Legal team and/or outside legal counsel
  • Serve as the point of contact for internal stakeholders and vendors on contractual matters. Act as the contractual “middleman” between employees and vendors, ensuring the timely review and approval and reconciliation of variations
  • Contribute to the creation of procurement contracts and form templates
  • Provide recommendations and negotiate directly with vendors and/or sales vendor contracts staff
  • Submit contracts to the State of Illinois and answer the State’s questions as needed
  • Maintain contractual records and documents, such as procurement forms, contract correspondence and notification of renewals
  • Manage contractual changes, status reports and other documents as necessary in collaboration with the Director of Procurement
  • Work with the Director of Procurement to maintain an efficient procurement process that complies with State requirements
  • Resolve project-related vendor performance violations of contractual scopes of work with Camelot’s relationship managers
  • Train other operational staff on the procurement process and terms and conditions of contracts relevant to their operation, including relevant elements of scopes of work
  • Assist in the development and implementation of procedures for procurement services as well as contract management and administration in compliance with the State of Illinois requirements and Camelot’s policy
  • Provide guidance to the Finance team regarding contract spending limits
  • Ensure that contracts are signed and executed (i.e., secure vendor signatures on contracts then monitor attainment of Camelot’s signatures), and signed contracts are communicated to all relevant parties
  • Collaborate with the Director of Procurement in ongoing contract related issue management and change management
  • Review proposed instant ticket games to ensure accuracy and compliance with applicable legal and industry standards
  • Prepare monthly governance reports
  • Perform legal research (e.g., Westlaw and PACER) for attorneys
  • Prepare and assemble responses to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests
  • Provide Finance department with invoicing information to assist with the budgeting process and ensure the accuracy in forecasting
  • Draft correspondence and provide administrative support as necessary
  • Provide assistance to the Legal and Procurement staff as needed

Requirements

Required:

  • Five (5) or more years of directly related work experience performing duties as described above
  • Demonstrated ability to interpret and apply contracts and the State of Illinois procurement regulations
  • Demonstrated competency in procurement and strategic sourcing to achieve cost savings
  • Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, contract management, procurement, or a related field from an accredited university
  • Demonstrated ability to perform legal research using online databases (e.g., Westlaw and PACER)
  • Flexible and collaborative team player
  • Comfort managing change and multiple projects at one time
  • Ability to build and foster positive relationships
  • Ability to maintain a positive attitude in an environment with competing priorities and meet, if not exceed, tight deadlines

Benefits

We’re a creative group of people at Camelot Illinois, passionate about our work. We are not interested in formality or too much hierarchy. We like to bring the best ideas forward as quickly as possible. We’re proud that we provide a lively and challenging environment for our teams to try new ideas and achieve their potential. If this sounds like a company you would thrive in, get in touch!

Career Growth

We want people who thrive in a relaxed, autonomous, results-driven environment to join our company. We believe the way to attract and retain the best talent is to offer a fulfilling career in an organization committed to growing its own future leaders. Career Development is a top priority and we will partner with employees to grow and progress their professional skill sets.

Benefits and Employee Policies

We bring our experience of working with European lotteries to Illinois. We also bring a European influence to paid time off, family leave and so on. We have created a strong ethical culture that is translated to each of our employees and business dealings globally. We offer a package of benefits and policies that competes with any private sector employer in the state. We ensure that every employee is engaged and has the necessary support to understand and implement the responsible gaming principles at work.

Moreover, we pledge to have the highest standards of respect, diversity and inclusion at our company and support and encourage our partners to do the same.

Camelot Illinois is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics.

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Location

200 W Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60606

An Insider's view of Camelot Illinois

What are some social events your company does?

Managing the Illinois Lottery takes a lot of hard work but we have a great People team that find things to let us unwind and encourages us to find fun too. We have weekly happy hours, on-site weekly yoga, team building events, department engagement events, sports leagues, and annual parties! We even have a knitting club now!

Will

Commercial Financial Analyst

What projects are you most excited about?

We’re constantly working on highlighting all the benefits the Lottery brings to the state, specifically its contributions to the Common School Fund, Capital Projects Fund, and our specialty causes: MS, HIV/AIDS, Special Olympics, Breast Cancer and Veterans charities. We want Illinoisans to know about and take part in contributing to these causes.

Emily Behn

Public Affairs Associate

What are some things you learned at the company?

Since joining Camelot Illinois, I helped build the Insights function, which I now lead. I love flexing between managing others and driving strategic decision-making across the organization. We are simultaneously figuring out our individual contributions, as well as how we work together to run the business. Its challenging and personally rewarding!

Larisa

Director Of Insights

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

People win the Lottery every day. From a return on the price of the ticket to $1,000 to $200 million, every dollar makes a positive impact on winners lives, and, in return, to the citizens of the state. We are working to restore faith in the Illinois Lottery and reassure Illinoisans that players do win.

Wendy Abrams

Senior Director of Corporate Affairs

What are Camelot Illinois Perks + Benefits

Camelot Illinois Benefits Overview

We offer a broad range of employee benefits including medical, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance, a retirement savings plan, access to training, Personal Discounts Program, Employee Assistance Program, and much more. We also offer regular team-building activities with people that love having fun, quarterly opportunities to connect with the community, social outings, & great work/life balance. We all have flexible hours, 26 days PTO, 6 weeks paid parental leave, 10 paid holidays, & 2 paid volunteer days.

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Camelot IL offers both FSA & HSA which helps employees cover out-of-pocket expenses with pre-tax contributions.
Disability Insurance
Camelot IL's disability insurance benefits is 60% of an employee's annual salary up to a $5,000 maximum monthly payout. Employees also have the option to purchase extra coverage.
Dental Benefits
Camelot's dental plan covers 100% of the costs of preventative care.
Vision Benefits
Camelot's vision insurance plan provides 100% coverage for annual eye exams after a $10 copay. $180 for frames and $150 for contacts every year.
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Camelot IL offers employer-paid life insurance to all full-time employees with 2x an employee's annual salary.
Onsite Gym
Free onsite gym, divvy bike membership, yoga classes, meditation workshops, & in-house chair massages.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Camelot's 401(k) retirement plan matches 100% of an employee's contributions up to 4% of their annual salary, with immediate vesting for matched contributions.
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Family is of the greatest importance and we want our employees to have adequate time off to care for and bond with a newborn, newly adopted or newly placed child. Camelot IL offers 6 weeks of time off
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
At Camelot IL, we recognize the importance of time off from work to relax, spend time with family, enjoy leisure activities, take care of yourself when you are sick, etc. We provide generous PTO.
Paid Volunteer Time
Camelot Illinois is committed to supporting our communities and provides employees 2 paid days per calendar year to volunteer at the nonprofit organization of their choice.
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
We call our dress code “Dress For Your Day,” which means you choose the attire that fits your schedule, environment, location, and personal brand.
Commuter Benefits
Qualified Transportation Accounts - QTAs allow employees to set aside pre-tax funds used for eligible transit and parking expenses related to commuting to work.
Company Outings
Recreational Clubs
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Camelot IL offers a wide range of training programs to all employees, including, eLearning, onsite training courses to enhance job-related skills and access to job-related conferences and seminars.

Additional Perks + Benefits

Free onsite gym + divvy bike membership, immediately vested in 401k with 4% match, Mega Millions & Game Changer staff awards, a rotational program for recent grads, engagement portal for pre-boarders, robust onboarding program + large L&D budget

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