Cummins Inc. Corporate Paralegal in Indianapolis, Indiana

Corporate Paralegal


Cummins is a place big enough to coach and develop a global workforce and create the world’s leading clean, engine technology. We’re also small enough for you to find your fit and personal passion with a team of dependable, innovative thinkers who are developing their careers within a diverse, inclusive, empowering environment.

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Our Distribution Unit delivers reliable, durable, high performing products to our global partners. Working in an innovative space, you’ll develop high tech solutions that will fuel your advanced career skill set and empower you to own your career. Our integrated businesses demand the talents and creativity of individuals with a wide range of skills and experience.

This is an exciting opportunity in Indianapolis, Indiana for a Corporate Paralegal. Cummins USA is where you can work on industry leading projects.

Your impact will happen in these and other ways:

  • Manages, develops, and implements project(s) of varying complexity and size in assigned functional area.

  • Partners with business stakeholders to ensure a successful project completion.

  • Leads multiple projects from inception to completion; facilitates project planning sessions with internal stakeholders to determine the scope and objectives of each project; works with business stakeholders to establish project performance goals; designs project plan, develops timeline, identifies project milestones, and tracks performance against performance goals and timeline.

  • Identifies, tracks, and works with others to resolve project issues.

  • Monitors and communicates project status to project team.

  • Plans and monitors project budget, conducts research and analysis; provides input into the design and development of project plans and timelines.

  • Manages project risk; uses quality tools to identify areas of risk; works with others on the team and outside the team to identify alternatives or solutions.

  • Documents and shares team learnings with other teams; draws on other project team experiences to enhance the success of the project.

  • Maintains project notes, databases, and other records; monitors measures and communicates with Project Sponsor and other stakeholders on status of specific projects and assignments.Identifies and assigns appropriate resources to accomplish various project tasks; guides and coaches team members through various stages of the project; provides developmental feedback to team members.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Client Service: Serve as a liaison to in-house counsel, outside counsel and representatives of the Corporation, including its various business units and Supply Chain, in order to effectively manage flow of information in a variety of transactions, including contract negotiations with OEM customers, contract negotiations with suppliers, formation and dissolution of joint ventures and subsidiaries, financing arrangements, tax matters and real property matters.

  • Transaction Support: Assist lawyers with all aspects of transactional work. This will include, but not be limited to:

  • Assisting with due diligence, including organizing responses to Cummins due diligence requests, preparation and tracking of consent and notice letters;

  • Maintaining / organizing preliminary agreements such as non-disclosure agreements and letters of intent; and Preparation of closing documents and closing binders.

  • Document Preparation: Basic document preparation and drafting including, but not limited to, first drafts of board resolutions, corporate minutes, and government filings and responses to government requests for information.



Corporate Governance - Review and update corporate entity records for Cummins family of entities including: preparation of annual resolutions, bylaw and operating agreement amendments; management of master entity records; and performing an annual audit of entity directors and officers for all Cummins family of entities.

Issue Management - Maintains a cross-functional project issues list, with appropriate prioritization based on the issue's level of importance. Drives appropriate and timely resolution and approval of changes to the project plan.

Scope Management - Solicits and organizes customer requirements (Voice of the Customer) and tracks the status of project deliverables. Uses a Value Package Profile (VPP) or other appropriate scope-defining document and manages change. Manages the connections between multiple levels of scope detail in related additional documents (e.g. Tech Profiles or equivalent documents).

Schedule Management - Develops and maintains a cross-functional schedule. Proficient at one or more schedule management tools. Knows the right level of detail needed to use the tool effectively.

Resource Plan Management - Develops and manages a cross-functional resource plan for a project. Knows the right level of detail needed to complete the processes and use the tools effectively.

Stakeholder Management and Communication - Identifies, engages and manages stakeholders on a project or groups of projects. Overcomes obstacles and resistance among stakeholders. Effectively stratifies stakeholder needs and creates and executes communications plans to fit the unique needs of each type of stakeholder.

Business Planning/Strategy - Familiar with tools for financial analysis and its relevance. Knows when, where, and how to get assistance.

Cross-Functional Knowledge - Understands the more detailed hand-offs between functional areas on a project and knows the detailed work of at least one functional area.

Project Risk Management - Leads teams in the development of a project FMEA and/or 9-box project risk summary and identifies and manages the actions to mitigate the risk.

Other required skills:

  • Strong critical thinking skills with the ability to follow instructions, and the good judgment to ask questions when necessary.

  • Excellent organizational and communication (both written and verbal) skills.

  • High attention to detail and accuracy.

  • Team player with the ability to navigate networks and interact at every level of the organization.

  • Proactive attitude, comfortable taking initiative.

  • Excellent client service skills and ability to work on multiple matters simultaneously.


  • Minimum 10 years of experience in a similar role in a law firm or corporate legal environment supporting transactional matters.

  • Experience in industrial manufacturing and/or supply chain preferred.

Required Education, Licenses or Certifications

College, university, or equivalent degree required. Paralegal certification and/or Indiana notary certification preferred.

Compensation and Benefits

Base salary rate commensurate with experience. Additional benefits vary between locations and include options such as our 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan, Cash Balance Pension Plan, Medical/Dental/Life Insurance, Health Savings Account, Domestic Partners Coverage and a full complement of personal and professional benefits.

Cummins and E-verify

At Cummins, we are an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer dedicated to diversity in the workplace. Our policy is to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified persons without regard to race, gender, color, disability, national origin, age, religion, union affiliation, sexual orientation, veteran status, citizenship, gender identity and/or expression, or other status protected by law. Cummins validates right to work using E-Verify. Cummins will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.

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Primary Location United States-Indiana-Indianapolis-US, IN, Indianapolis, Cummins DBU Headquarters

Job Type Experienced - Professional / Office

Recruitment Job Type Professional - Experienced

Job Posting Feb 7, 2018, 1:15:35 PM

Unposting Date Ongoing

Req ID: 180000N1