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Strategic Growth Initiatives Counsel Associate Manager

Bucharest Job No. r00173047 Full-time

Job Description

Accenture is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. Accenture will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics. Accenture encourages applicants of all ages.

Global Legal Network (GLN) is a group of professionals operating globally from 10 countries. It provides a broad spectrum of differentiated services - focused on delivering value and innovation. We partner with Legal teams across Accenture to build efficiencies and centres of excellence related to Legal services; and through our size, geographic spread and language diversity, the Global Legal Network is able to drive quality, agility and speed in our services, aligned to Accenture’s relentless focus on maximum efficiency and operational effectiveness.

CORE and Global Services (CGS) is a group of legal professionals working and supporting different legal areas such as Compliance, Regulatory Offerings, Ethics, Procurement, Corporate Matters and the Services Areas aligned with the new offerings and technologies.

Key Responsibilities:

Generic Responsibilities:

  • Excellent understanding of Legal/GLN, and GSL area needs, goals, strategy, and opportunities, with very good understanding of relevant company policies.
  • Enhance subject-matter knowledge and proficiency in the concerned support area, act as a point of contact and escalation point for support area, understand, suggest, and encourage process improvements in the support area, build credible and effective relationships with onshore counsels and within GLN team.
  • Management of SharePoint and communication records, ensure creation of checklists and other process documents.
  • Identify and implement new initiatives in GSL support area or within Legal/GLN, ability to represent GLN, directly liaison with internal stakeholders on various issues, identify and drive trainings for the team for upskilling and professional development.
  • Represent GLN; directly liaison with internal stakeholders on various issues, build credible and effective relationships with onshore counsels and within GLN team.
  • Collaborate with tech team in development of new tool or enhancement of existing ones, supervise implementation of new initiatives in CGS support area or within Legal/GLN, and commit to ‘give back’ to GLN/Legal.

    Specific Responsibilities aligned to Role:

  • GLN resources partner with Legal teams across Accenture to align areas of work and drive efficiencies to ensure the best delivery of Legal services to our business clients. This role consists of SME type of legal counsel within the applicable area of support in GSL. The GLN GSL resource may be asked to provide support in any of the following areas and over time will develop their skills to work on such projects independently:

  • Contract drafting and negotiation: Draft and negotiate contracts related to research projects and related activities with clients, educational institutions and other non-profit organizations.
  • Offerings & Solutions: Shape offerings and solutions within the scope of Technology and Innovation by conducting legal assessments and providing recommendations to mitigate risks while enabling desired outcomes for the business. This includes analysis of ad hoc licensing arrangements for tools and software used by the business, as well as Offering/Asset investigation and clearance in coordination with technical resources/teams to facilitate open-source software, data privacy, export compliance and vendor contract reviews;
  • Business Risk: Provide risk assessments and recommendations to the applicable business team, including on implementation of risk management practices. Helping to shape commercial models and or research projects to manage legal and commercial risks;
  • Regulatory Compliance: Collaborating with enabling regulatory compliance by the relevant SMEs across the company. Help provide regulatory compliance reviews & advice to applicable geographies, including future-looking projections of any anticipated regulatory changes with potential impact on our business and on the strategic growth initiatives areas;
  • Advisory support to Legal Counsels: Enable and support in an advisory capacity Accenture’s Legal Counsels to efficiently handle day-to-day contracting on Research Project negotiations that are not owned by the Technology Innovation team. Drafting and providing contracting materials and job aids such as guidance and templates to said legal teams, and supporting relevant approvals and escalations where applicable;
  • Other type of responsibilities may include: (a) providing legal advice to Accenture business teams and to deal facing professionals, (b) independently drafting, analyzing, reviewing and/or negotiating low to high complexity agreements and documents, (c) performing legal research of laws and regulations or technical aspects applicable to assigned requests, (d) assisting with contract benchmarking, (e) delivering trainings, (f) leading specific ad-hoc projects, planning strategy, coordinating team members and aligning with other areas, (g) working with the business teams to evaluate inbound technology and data supply templates/agreements and outbound or client facing templates in different geographies, industries and regulatory environments, and (f) supporting clean teams (protocol audits, training / onboarding to new team members, exit / offboarding reviews)

Qualifications

Education:

Graduate Law degree (JD) or equivalent/similar. Post Graduate studies in the Talent Segment expertise is a plus.

Work Experience:

  • Minimum of 8 years of experience at law firms or as in-house counsel and/or in legal outsourcing.

Knowledge and Skill Requirements:

Generic Skills:

  • Experience at a law firm and/or as in-house counsel or in legal outsourcing, with special focus on transaction contracting, contract drafting and negotiation.
  • Product and offering counsel work, identifying risks and proposing solutions, risk identification & mitigation strategies.
  • Candidates should have experience drafting, reviewing, and/or negotiating a variety of low to high complexity agreements ideally with educational institutions such as universities in relation to joint research activities. including but not limited to NDAs, software and technology licensing, joint research agreements, demo/evaluation agreements, consulting services agreements, statement of work, etc.
  • Understanding of Intellectual Property (IP) concepts (trademark, copyright, right of publicity, patent), and experience in content review and clearances.
  • Experience in managing end-to-end projects, deals and teams on function specific processes and/or areas, worked with internal and external teams, and understands delivery requirements.
  • Demonstrate very good interpersonal skills, demonstrate promptness, accuracy and consistency with the activities supported, drive tasks to closure, is detail-oriented, with sound judgement, adaptable, with strong time management, prioritization, and organizational skills.
  • Able to work with internal and external teams, and understands delivery requirements, takes End-to-End responsibility of projects and teams, on function specific processes.
  • Good understanding of Accenture offerings and function specific services performed, of commercial agreements, legal and compliance fundamentals, of corporate business practices and contracting regulations.
  • Build trust-based relationships by delivering on commitments, ability to work under pressure, with exposure to senior Management Effectively manage priorities and stakeholder expectations.
  • Strong interest in learning about emerging technologies experience in the use of tools & databases, including proficient in the use of MS Office Suite of products.
  • Have a proven ability to work creatively and analytically in a problem-solving environment.
  • Have strong negotiation skills, including internally within the company and with customers or suppliers.
  • Demonstrate good judgment, an ability to prioritize and make decisions, and spot and mitigate risks.
  • Ability to design and shape presentations to executive leadership (business and senior legal professionals) and to effectively influence senior management.
     

Work Requirements:

  • Travel may be required.
  • Proficiency in English (other languages may be required depending on geography supported) with strong oral and written communication skills.

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