Senior Corporate Counsel/Avocat d'enterprise - General Service Provider Segment - Paris

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    Issy Les Moulineaux, Ile De France, France
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Senior Corporate Counsel/Avocat d'enterprise - General Service Provider Segment - Paris

The Business Entity
Cisco is the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate, and our legal department has embraced the productivity improvements and innovations that networked business architectures provide. Like the networks we build, our team is a broad network of individuals collaborating in a flexible, dynamic environment. We partner with a world class group of sales executives and engineers with a focus on disruptive, creative solutions to help meet our customers' needs.

The Team
Would you like to work in a dynamic in-house legal department that is using technology to transform both its own legal department and how law is practiced around the world?

Can you see yourself negotiating strategic and complex deals with leading technology companies, global financial services companies and large service providers, to help Cisco deliver solutions that are truly changing the way we all work, live, play and learn?

Role & Responsibilities
* Draft, negotiate and process contracts with Cisco customers. Agreement types include: direct sale, RFP/RFIs, resale, nondisclosure, software license/sublicense, evaluation, purchase, Cloud contracts, XaaS, dispute settlements and alliance agreements. Named Service Provider customers will be assigned.
* Provide advice and contract interpretation to Cisco senior management on the provisions of specific agreements as well as legal issues that might impact the business, with a particular focus on the enhancement of the Service Provider area of business.
* Secure proper approval on nonstandard legal, financial, technical and business issues raised in contract documents
* Review, analyze and maintain standard contracts and other business documents.
* Participate on and lead departmental and cross-functional teams focused on continuous process improvement.
* Assure conformity and consistency in application of Cisco legal and business policies and practices.
* Support the training requirements of client organizations by providing presentations on key legal/contract issues that impact the business.
* Demonstrate very strong skills and competence in European Competition Law and relevant guidance to the business teams.
* Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications
* Adaptability. The individual will be comfortable working in a fast paced environment and demonstrate the ability to successfully manage frequent changes in priorities, deadlines and workload.
* Business/Legal Knowledge. The individual will have direct work experience which provides an understanding of most relevant contracting principles and Cisco business environment and experience applying this knowledge to contracting activities.
* Communication and Influence. The individual will have strong communication skills, including the ability to professionally and concisely communicate (in writing and verbally) complex legal and business issues with senior staff both inside and outside the company.
* Continuous Learning. It is most important that the individual have a track record demonstrating the capacity and strong desire to learn new things and quickly apply that knowledge to specific tasks. As a senior-level position in the Legal Department, we are looking for well-developed skill levels coupled with an appetite to continue to learn new and enhance existing key competencies.
* Critical Thinking. The individual will have a track record of conducting careful and thoughtful analysis of complex legal and business agreements and the ability to weigh and articulate the risk and reward of various scenarios.
* Organizational Abilities. The individual will have well developed organizational and prioritization abilities allowing for the smooth and simultaneous management of multiple projects with complex and demanding deadlines.
* Relationship Management. The individual will have successfully operated in a matrixed team setting and been able to foster strong relationships with clients, support team members, suppliers, partners and/or customers.

Desired Skills
Legal skills:
* Detailed knowledge of commercial, contract and business law. Working knowledge of, intellectual property and antitrust law.
* The ability to read and understand complex contract provisions
* The ability to draft language for inclusion in a broad range of contract types
* Significant direct experience negotiating business transactions including some experience negotiating complex business transactions
* The candidate needs to be able to negotiate and draft contracts in English and in French. The knowledge of another European language is always considered valuable.

General Business skills:
* Concisely and persuasively convey ideas both in writing and verbally
* Understand corporate structure and organization charts
* Negotiate to a specific goal with little supervision
* Develop and deliver small and large group presentations
* Operate well in a team environment and act as a lead if required
* Anticipate and be responsive to customer/client requirements
* Read, understand and interpret basic financial reporting
* Identify and manage the flow of key information both up the management chain as well as across the client base
* Manage complex business transactions with little supervision including meeting deadlines, compliance with Cisco process and effective use of Cisco Playbook and other support materials
* Operate efficiently in a highly automated environment heavily dependent on e-enabled tools and communications systems including high proficiency in and effective use of basic desktop applications (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
* Influence/build relationships with all levels of management in Cisco
* Have a working knowledge of Cisco's technology and strategic direction