Senior German Commercial Counsel, EMEA (R7792)


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We are hiring a solid Corporate Counsel / Senior Corporate Counsel, with 5 – 7+ years’ experience, to join our expanding EMEA Commercial Legal department in this fast growing, truly globally distributed company.
Reporting to the Senior Director, EMEA Commercial Legal, this position will be ideal for a self-sufficient and resourceful mid-level attorney located in Amsterdam, London or Munich.

What you will be doing:

  • Primarily responsible for negotiating and structuring a wide variety of commercial contracts (including channel agreements, cloud/ SaaS and software subscription contracts, and related professional services
    contracts), in support of our Sales and Partner organizations in the EMEA Central Region (e.g. Austria, Germany and Switzerland).
  • Engage closely with the wider Legal Department spread across the USA and APJ and Elastic’s go-to-market, finance and compliance organization. 
  • Supporting EMEA & Global Legal team members on ad hoc projects – as directed.
  • Help to build and strengthen workflow processes between the Legal Department and other departments within Elastic to enable dealmaking and compliance initiatives.
  • Partner with co-workers who are sharp and motivated, combined with a company culture that is open, welcoming and unequaled.

What You Bring Along:

  • You are qualified and legally permitted to practice law in Germany and have 5 – 7+ years’ experience in the drafting and negotiation of technology contracts (including cloud/ SaaS and software subscription contracts
    and related professional services supply contracts).
  • Experience &knowledge of relevant laws and legal systems in jurisdiction(s) in Central Europe (including Austria, Germany and Switzerland). 
  • You will have the ability to balance legal risks with business strategy. Candidates who have experience both in-house and at a major national or international law firm are preferred.
  • You thrive while independently running your own time in a demanding, fast-paced environment, are able to handle ambiguity and rapidly shifting priorities with flexibility, patience, and humour.

Moreover, you have/are:

  • A self-starter by nature - you have the proven track history to balance multiple projects and recalibrate advice in view of shifting priorities, legal developments, and risk tolerance.
  • Experience with, or at least a good working knowledge of, complex software licensing and cloud business models and related legal issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to consistently deliver outstanding results.
  • Familiarity with data protection and privacy issues and concerns in the context of technology transactions, as a significant plus.
  • Prior experience representing high-growth companies is strongly preferred.
  • Ability to collaborate and function well in a distributed team environment.
  • Ability to participate in some limited travel requirements.
  • Written and spoken German.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Additional Information - We Take Care of Our People

As a distributed company, diversity drives our identity. Whether you’re looking to launch a new career or grow an existing one, Elastic is the type of company where you can balance great work with great life. Your age is only a number. It doesn’t matter if you’re just out of college or your children are; we need you for what you can do.

We strive to have parity of benefits across regions and while regulations differ from place to place, we believe taking care of our people is the right thing to do.

  • Competitive pay based on the work you do here and not your previous salary
  • Health coverage for you and your family in many locations
  • Ability to craft your calendar with flexible locations and schedules for many roles
  • Generous number of vacation days each year
  • Increase your impact - We match up to $2000 (or local currency equivalent) for financial donations and service
  • Up to 40 hours each year to use toward volunteer projects you love
  • Embracing parenthood with minimum of 16 weeks of parental leave

Different people approach problems differently. We need that. Elastic is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, national origin, age, marital status, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law, ordinance or regulation.

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