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Senior Legal Counsel (Software Licensing)

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Wolters KluwerSyracuse, NY
  • Job SummaryThis role will appeal to a lawyer interested in supporting and participating in a fast growing, dynamic, international enterprise software business with compelling products that make a positive contribution to the world.
  • Enablon is a business of unit within Wolters Kluwer Legal & Regulatory Division, which serves customers of all kinds around the world with expert information, solutions, software, and services in the area of law, business, and regulatory compliance.
  • Wolters Kluwer's Enablon is a leading provider of Sustainability, Environmental Health & Safety and Operational Risk Management software.
  • Global companies rely on Enablon solutions to manage their environmental and social performance, minimize risks and improve profitability.
  • Enablon is looking for a Senior Legal Counsel with software license experience.
  • Either to work a twice a week from our office based in Chicago on West Adams St; or open to 100% remote work nearest to a Wolters Kluwer office in CST or EST. Must be able to visit the office quarterly.
  • Providing hands-on legal counselling and business partnering in structuring and drafting, negotiating, interpreting, managing and enforcing complex and high value commercial transactions, including (i) licensing and software arrangements (including SaaS services and related implementation agreements), (ii) master services agreements and related statements of work, (iii) partnering, reseller, joint venture and strategic alliance arrangements, and (iv) vendor and consulting agreements.
  • Work closely with the management team and sales leaders of the Enablon business unit on customer contracts, as well as other general commercial, corporate and contractual matters, and advise on litigation, regulatory compliance and dispute matters.
  • Develop a strong rapport and working relationship with the local management team to help drive the delivery of effective and high-quality legal services which are appropriately linked to relevant business needs of the business unit, while at the same time helping drive greater consistency of approach and standards across Wolters Kluwer businesses.
  • Help to educate business teams about contracting forms, intellectual property rights and obligations, commercial and legal risks and approval procedures.
  • Provide comprehensive legal counseling regarding a broad spectrum of corporate, commercial, and intellectual property matters impacting an international software business.
  • Help identify regulatory and compliance issues that may impact the business, including data privacy regulations, sanctions (e.g. U.N. and U.S. Sanctions Programs) and FCPA; and work collaboratively with subject matter experts on these areas.
  • Work closely with Enablon management on contractual and regulatory exposures and risks relating to development of new customer offerings or services and related customer agreement terms, promotional and marketing activities, data protection and cybersecurity risks across different offerings and in diverse media and premise-based or mobile IT devices, and international market expansion.
  • Develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the business, its people, organization, markets, products, customers, competitors and regulatory environment to identify trends and provide high level legal/commercial advice to the businesses.
  • Effectively manage outside counsel in a cost-effective manner who may support certain Enablon legal needs, whether transactional, litigation or compliance in nature, and appropriately work with other attorneys within the WK Law Department who may also be involved in supporting certain matters and managing outside counsel.
  • Candidates must have a law degree from an internationally recognized educational institution.
  • Minimum of 6 years of progressively responsible corporate/commercial legal experience.
  • Experience must include a nationally recognized law firm, and/or the corporate law department of a medium-to-large-sized company.
  • Experience must include hands-on drafting and negotiation of sophisticated commercial contracts and technology agreements, including software license and support agreements, software-as-a-service (SaaS) agreements and consulting agreements
  • Experience conducting negotiations in a global, matrixed environment managing urgent priorities from multiple stakeholders is preferred
  • Strong intellect, excellent legal acumen and rigorous analytical skills
  • Superior legal drafting and negotiating skills
  • A "can do" solutions orientation
  • Excellent communication, organizational and management skills
  • Technical knowledge, interest and proficiencyOur OfferIn return, we offer the opportunity to join a collegiate and effective global legal team that collaborates with a highly successful, growing, market-leading organization with a strong mission and values, as well as a competitive salary and excellent benefits.
  • Our working practices and cultures are modern, flexible and focus on getting the most from our people; which we understand can mean different things to different people.
  • Associated topics: attorney corporate, business, company, compliance office, corporate, internal, lawyer, legal department, llp, market

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