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Principal Corporate Counsel, Commercial

Company: Microsoft
Location: Redmond
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Microsoft is on a mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Our culture is centered on embracing a growth mindset, a theme of inspiring excellence, and encouraging teams and leaders to bring their best each day. In doing so, we create life-changing innovations that impact billions of lives around the world. You can help us achieve our mission. Microsoft has an immediate opening for an experienced attorney to join the Commercial Team in the Corporate, External, and Legal Affairs (CELA) department. The position, based either in Redmond, Washington, or another office within the US, offers many opportunities to take part in driving Microsoft's strategic growth and success. Your primary responsibility will be providing commercial transaction support and strategic thinking across a variety of Microsoft business groups including consulting services and Microsoft's Worldwide Commercial Business and beyond.ResponsibilitiesLegal Advice and Counsel - You will act as the legal contact for assigned business clients and advise on related legal issues, including providing commercial deal support for Microsoft's Consulting Services and Worldwide Commercial Business as well providing deal support to CELA's global field legal teams. You will advise a global, dynamic Consulting Services business on scalable solutions and offerings and on a broad range of complex legal, business, and transactional issues, including intellectual property, privacy, security, liability, defense obligations and regulatory compliance. You will work directly with executives, business development professionals and CELA teams to analyze legal risks, devise creative solutions and develop strong, trusted advisor relationships. Expertise - You will contribute proactive counseling to clients and CELA colleagues using your commercial deal knowledge and experience, including in relation to data protection. You help drive cross organizational input and company alignment on professional services privacy and data protection terms. You will provide relevant education, training, and support to the worldwide CELA field community. Act as the primary legal contact for assigned clients and advise on related legal issues, including support for the organization advising on data, security, and privacy compliance across Worldwide Commercial Business. Communication - You will organize and simplify issues and ideas in written or verbal communication; you will work collaboratively within and across Legal and Corporate functions; you will identify and engage appropriate stakeholders in Legal andCorporate Affairs and escalate issues when necessary. You will identify, anticipate, and apply legal concepts and reasoning in a practical and commercial way to help accelerate deal velocity, scalability and to mitigate risks.QualificationsKnowledge, Skills and Abilities Negotiations - The ability to achieve mutually satisfying agreement in negotiations with customers and partners by listening to their needs and objectives, acting as counsel to your business clients, to effectively close out complex technology and digital transformation deals. Analytical Thinking - The ability to collect information and identify fundamental patterns, trends, and risks in complex settings. This includes the ability to gather, integrate, and interpret information from several sources; use information to generate insights; and make decisions to help deal scale, flow, and pace. Legal and RegulatoryRequirements- Knowledge of the rules, regulations, and other statutory requirements, guidelines, and standards relevant to complex technology deals, including in relation to the intersection of technology and data privacy and security. Legal Acumen - The ability to interpret, analyze, and advise on the company's legal position. This includes the ability to apply knowledge of the legal framework related to one's practice area, use legal information to diagnose key issues, and develop strategies and plans. Creativity - The ability to develop and present creative solutions to challenges affecting the company and our customers. Relationship Management - The ability to develop and maintain strong working relationships with supervisors, staff, managers, customers, and vendors. This includes expressing empathy and compassion when dealing with the needs and problems of others, being approachable, taking time to address the concerns of coworkers, and treating others with respect and dignity. Communications - The ability to communicate clearly, diplomatically, and effectively to an audience that may include senior business clients, legal colleagues, customers, and others. Intellectual Property Knowledge - Knowledge of how intellectual property rights apply to technology and complex deal settings. Required/MinimumQualificationsJuris Doctorate Degree or Equivalent International Degree Active license to practice law in a jurisdiction and capable of meeting admission requirements in relevant jurisdiction. Minimum of 5+ years' experience as a practicing attorney or equivalent practice of law. Minimum of 3+ years of experience as an attorney handling complex deals, including professional services and digital transformation transactions for large corporations globally, or similar experience in representing corporations. Additional orPreferred QualificationsExperience as an attorney with strong knowledge of privacy and data protection issues for a large corporation or similar experience is a plus. Technical or engineering background and/or passion for technology, and experience in cloud computing, AI technologies, and related legal issues. Excellent negotiation, legal drafting, and communications skills. Sound judgment that incorporates strong legal analysis, a pragmatic approach, and consideration of business goals, risk tolerance, and external stakeholder priorities. Enthusiastic "team player" who enjoys partnering with cross-functional teams to solve complex issues and works collaboratively to generate consensus across diverse points of view. Demonstrated ability to thrive in ambiguous settings and with a bias for action in a fast-paced, fluid, highly matrixed environment. Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request via the Accommodation request form.Benefits/perks listed below may vary depending on the nature of your employment with Microsoft and the country where you work.Benefitsand PerksIndustry leading healthcareSavings and investmentsGiving programsEducational resourcesMaternity and paternity leaveOpportunities to network and connectDiscounts on products and servicesGenerous time awayJobSummaryJob number: 1024148Date posted : 2021-04-13Travel: 0-25%Profession: Legal & Corporate AffairsRole type: Individual ContributorEmployment type: Full-TimeExperience: Experienced professionalsSDL2017

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