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ProfileDirector - Corporate Counsel Duties: Serves as primary legal lead for two key business functions - Strategy and Commerce – Technology Partners (Online Booking Tools). Partners with the OBT team, and provides end-to-end support to the Hotel team, and is additionally member of the Hotel Leadership Team. Envisions the design, implementation, execution and improvement of contracting processes and oversight for issues arising from these business pillars, who are driving and implementing projects to pursue digital strategy and objective to become the first digital travel management company . Primary responsibility for overseeing various legal issues associated with Hotel business pillar, which includes relationships with Hotel program clients and suppliers at a global level, and in regional markets to the extent required. Collaborating closely with legal teams supporting other business functions namely customer and markets, global supplier management (airlines, rail, ground transportation etc) and products and technology. Primary lead for drafting, reviewing and negotiating Hotel, as well as Technology Partners (OBT) commercial contracts at a global level and in regional markets, and providing support to and collaborating with business and legal teams working on global distribution systems and third party channels where needed. Legal support provided on an as needed basis in other business areas supported by the Strategy and Corporate Functions Legal Team (Strategy and Commerce (including third party channels, e-commerce and marketing), global HR, Traveler Services, Finance). Key executor for contract processing to achieve greater efficiencies and develop innovative ideas to execute transactions. Provide thought leadership for legal matters relating to the Hotel business and Technology Partners, including review and design new policies and procedures to ensure greater coordination / efficiency in legal support (and technology support) for the business. Support efforts to improve workflow, including updates to contracts database. Lead initiatives to anchor relationships between inhouse legal team and business team to ensure strong relationships organically with clients and a solid customer experience, other than when emergencies / issues arise. Creatively engage with global business teams to proactively deepen responsiveness and engagement with Legal. Liaison with compliance and data privacy counterparts on commercial negotiations or other inquiries. Regularly advise business leaders and other members of the business on legal matters relating to Partners and the Hotel business. Train and educate on legal matters for teams working in Hotel and Partners, and provide regular updates to in-house legal team. Liaise with outside counsel as needed, ensuring best value advice for the business subject to budget. Participate in and/or lead additional projects as required.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: University degree. Law degree. Authorized to practice law and in good standing. Law firm experience preferred, preferably in an international firm. Preferred: Travel industry ; technology ; e-commerce and marketing ; regulatory. 0-5 years PQE experience. Language skills desired. Experience working / living in different jurisdictions where operates a plus. Communication and Interpersonal Skills. Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in written language to a wide array of audiences. Ability to work across boundaries in a multicultural environment. Ability to inspire geographically dispersed teams. Experience supervising and/or leading internal investigations. Positive attitude. Comfortable working collegially and collaboratively as part of a global legal and compliance team. Business skills. Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills. Strong organizational skills and follow through. Ability to break down complex data, simplify and communicate recommendations to business owners. Self-starter. Strong project management skills. Ability to make independent decisions and lead courageously. Computer knowledge. IT skills. Word, PowerPoint and preferably Excel. Familiarity with legal database software preferred.
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