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Date: 13-Oct-2021

Location: Herndon, United States

Company: Tata Communications

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Tata Communications is seeking a highly motivated and qualified lawyer to join its legal department. The position is based in Herndon, VA (USA). The successful candidate will be part of our Commercial Legal Team. The primary function will be to provide commercial transaction support for sales and business teams located within the region, and other locations as required; and to support cross functional projects and initiatives.
Responsibilities include:
• Reviewing, drafting and negotiating "standard" and "non-standard" commercial agreements for the provision of services, with minimal supervision, and advising business/sales team of relevant issues;
• Managing multiple matters at a time, including complex transactions, and proactively engaging with internal stakeholders to drive a deal to closure;
• Applying strategic and innovative thinking to support new business, including for the review and launch of new products and services. The company is in a fast-paced growth phase with several fresh resources coming on board to support new business. The role will require working closely with relevant business teams to guide them on the established company processes and provide strategic advice on how to structure the contract/ engagement.
• Managing multiple internal customers and stakeholders at a time (including senior stakeholders in the Company) and communicating clearly and effectively with them;
• Providing training for business/sales teams on legal or related issues for commercial agreements or processes where required;
• Providing legal support for miscellaneous matters including HR, leases;
• Assisting the Company's IPR team with respect to intellectual property matters;
• Instructing and managing external legal counsel(s) where appropriate;
• Developing knowledge of and applying skills to interface with and refer matters to other legal department teams as required (including procurement, compliance, regulatory and litigation) and ensuring timely closure of transactions in accordance with Company strategy and policies;
• Proactively addressing risk management;
• Supporting miscellaneous know-how and best practice documentation projects, including creating and updating standard templates and acting as SPOC for cross-functional projects assigned;
• Performing legal research/analysis and drafting opinions and position papers

Broad outline of the Role

Skills, qualifications and core strengths:
• A LLB (or equivalent) degree with admission to the bar in at least one relevant (USA) jurisdiction;
• At least 8 years post qualification experience, with solid performance in both domestic and international general corporate, commercial and contract law;
• Knowledge/experience related to the telecommunications and/or technology industries;
• Other transactional experience will also be considered - particularly related to software licensing, IT/IP, and/or outsourcing;
• Excellent technical drafter with a strong understanding of contract law, the judgment to escalate items where appropriate to other legal teams (e.g. compliance/regulatory) and/or the General Counsel;
• Experience of managing multiple matters at a time, including complex transactions, and proactively engaging with internal stakeholders to drive a deal to closure;
• The ability to think out of the box and to apply strategic and innovative thinking to support the business;
• Ability to work autonomously (with minimal supervision), and yet work collaboratively with other members of the legal team;
• Understanding of different cultures and legal systems and ability to make fast, accurate on the spot decisions on complex legal issues facing companies on a daily basis; and
• Motivated and proactive individual who provides solutions and can close matters promptly.

Purpose - Broad objective of the role

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Operating Network - Key Internal

Size and Scope of Role - Financial

Size and Scope of Role - No. of direct reports

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