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Contracts Support Specialist

National Auto Research
1903272 Requisition #

Contract Support Specialist


National Auto Research (NAR), a division of Hearst Business Media and a member of the Hearst Organization is looking for a Contract Support Specialist. Commonly referred to as “Black Book”, NAR is THE leading provider of electronic and web-based technology tools used in vehicle pricing and automotive data throughout the automotive industry. The Contract Support Specialist is responsible for supporting business operations in analyzing and facilitating company contract requirements, terms and conditions to ensure compliance with appropriate laws, regulations, corporate and compliance policies and business unit procedures. This position works with external clients and internal business teams on objectives relating to contract activity and is an alternative point of contact for communications with legal, finance and business team disciplines for resolution of contract issues and disputes.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Supports the Contract Administrator in all facets of contract negotiation, management and administration duties, ensuring that contracts are negotiated, administered and closed in accordance with corporate and compliance policy and procedure.
  • Under the supervision of the Contract Administrator, drafts forms and templates of contracts and agreements consistent with regulatory and enterprise policies.
  • Maintains the official record of negotiations and accurate files of all contractual documents and correspondence.
  • Maintain detailed and organized files for each contract which will include the original contract, relevant correspondence, changes/deviations, amendments, and clarifications
  • Prepare and revise client contracts and confidentiality agreements in accordance with Hearst contracting standards
  • Assists in audits, reviews, and other special projects.

Required Skills

  • 2+ years of business, finance, procurement, contracts, legal or project management work
  • Experience working with Intellectual Property (IP) Contracts preferred
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel. Salesforce and contract management systems a plus.
  • BA in related field or relevant work experience:

Soft Skills:

  • Relationship management and collaboration skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work under pressure, adapt to constantly changing priorities and managing a wide variety of projects a plus.
  • Strategic and analytical thinking
  • Great sense of humor which is brought to work every day!


About Black Book

Black Book is best known in the automotive industry for providing timely, independent and accurate vehicle pricing information, and is available to industry qualified users through subscriptions to our website, mobile applications and licensing agreements. Black Book has provided innovative products and services including new and used vehicle value services, custom data licensing solutions, and lender origination and risk analysis since 1955.


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Black Book offers its employees a variety of health, fitness and savings benefits.


Comprehensive options for medical, dental, vision, disability, and life insurances for you and your family, including domestic partners.


An annual $300 reimbursement for fitness equipment, gym memberships, and more.


Immediate access to 401(k) plan with generous employee match and HSA with yearly employer contribution.

Paid Time Off

Vacation, personal, volunteer, holiday, and sick days available to each employee.

Work Hard, Play Hard

Employees are provided with a variety of snacks, fresh fruits, and drinks each and every day.

Employee Recognition

Every year, the Pinnacle Award and Extra Mile Awards are given to employees who go above and beyond.


Black Book is an equal opportunity employer.

Commitment to Community Service

We believe in giving back to our communities and to help encourage our employees to do so, we provide two days off each year for people to spend with the organization of their choice.

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One of the many things I love about Black Book is how we all strive for a strong supportive culture. We are a sincere culture promoting trust and mutual support from a diverse group of employees possessing a genuine sense of integrity as individuals.

Lee Brewer

Great people attract great people. The quality of your team can play a big role in employee happiness. At all levels, people working at Black Book are great and fun to be around. I get to meet new people from all walks of life and build a lasting relationship with familiar faces. I love the way my team and I are able to interact and encourage each other to help us grow better at our jobs. My co-workers are amazing, hard workers that I'm proud to work alongside. After 5 years, I can call Black Book my second home.

Carrie Jones

What I love about Black Book is the small family atmosphere. The employees here trust one another and I believe that that has helped to establish us as the industry leader we are today, as well as helping me grow personally and professionally.

Josh Giles