Senior Legal Counsel
The candidate will provide hands-on legal assistance in structuring and drafting, negotiating, interpreting, managing and enforcing complex and high value commercial transactions, including (i) customer arrangements (including the preparation of master services agreements and related statements of work), (ii) partnering, reseller, joint venture and strategic alliance arrangements, (iii) vendor and consulting agreements, and (iv) licensing and software arrangements (including SaaS services and related implementation agreements), business rules, content or data procurement (via inbound licenses or purchases), software procurement and development and IT services procurement agreements, and other types of high value licensing-in and licensing-out arrangements. Will provide comprehensive legal counseling regarding a broad spectrum of corporate, commercial, and intellectual property matters impacting, including matters and legal issues related to software licenses, SaaS services, and financial services. Counsel on litigation and regulatory and compliance matters impacting the company's businesses, including data privacy regulations, sanctions (e.g. UN and US Sanctions Programs) and FCPA. Effectively manage outside counsel (in the US and abroad) in a cost-effective manner who may support certain legal needs, whether transactional, litigation or compliance in nature, and appropriately work with other attorneys within the Law Department who may also be involved in supporting certain matters and managing outside counsel (e.g., litigation, HR matters, certain IT/IP areas). Develop a strong rapport and working relationship with the company's management teams to help drive the delivery of effective and high quality legal services which are appropriately linked to the relevant business needs, while at the same time helping drive greater consistency of approach and standards throughout the company's businesses. Help educate the various business, IT and Sales teams in company's about contracting forms, intellectual property rights and obligations, commercial and legal risks and internal contract review and approval procedures and best practices. Work with the Legal team on process and commercial contracting improvements within the company, to help create greater consistency and process within the company in general, including appropriate contract standardization, contract management and contracting process improvement for existing, new or acquired business units and product lines including the use of contract management and collaboration software and other technology. Develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the company's businesses, their people, organization, markets, products, technologies, customers, competitors and regulatory environment, in order to identify trends, spot potential issues and provide high level legal/commercial advice to the businesses. Perform other special assignments or projects as assigned.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate should have a Law degree (J.D. or LL.B. or equivalent degree) from a nationally recognized educational institution or relevant equivalent experience. Must have 7+ years of progressively responsible corporate/commercial legal experience from a nationally recognized law firm or the corporate law department of a medium-to-large-sized company. Experience must include hands-on drafting and negotiation of sophisticated domestic and international commercial contracts and technology agreements, including software license and support agreements, software-as-a-service (SaaS) agreements and consulting agreements (master agreements and statements of work). Experience conducting negotiations in a global, matrixed environment and managing urgent priorities from multiple stakeholders is needed. Experience identifying risks and key issues and providing practical legal advice to business clients is required. Superior legal drafting and negotiating skills are essential. Technical knowledge, interest and proficiency is a must.
Req. #: R0018868
Wolters Kluwer Financial Services
400 East Court Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309