This Senior Commercial Counsel role is a full-time role and will serve as a key member of the Calix legal team with primary focus on managing and partnering with the business teams on a variety of commercial contracts and negotiations working cross-functionally across the Calix organization.
We are looking for a strong team player motivated to be part of a growing company someone with a builder mentality who is nimble and creative, with demonstrated agility in delivering results in a dynamic environment.
As part of a small legal team, he or she must be collaborative and collegial with a willingness to support the continuous development of the legal function and related programs in a variety of areas in collaboration with the other attorneys.
Reporting to the Associate General Counsel Platforms and Product Operations, and also supporting the Associate General Counsel Field Operations, he or she will have substantial responsibility representing the company in contract negotiations working directly with business partners across different functions, drafting and closing of transactions, and advising on a range of commercial and related matters, legal risk considerations and overall risk management.
This is a Director-level position that requires a strong foundation of legal knowledge and extensive experience in handling technology company commercial transactions together with the ability to balance legal advocacy with strategic objectives, excellent drafting and communications skills, and strong business acumen, with exceptional organization and attention to detail.
He or she will be looked upon to collaborate effectively across functions, prioritize to meet business deadlines and drive projects to completion.
The ideal candidate will be collaborative, business-minded and team-oriented, with a willingness to roll-up the sleeves and pitch in and to work effectively within a dynamic and growing environment.
Advise and collaborate with internal teams, including engineering, sales and marketing, supply chain, HR, IT, finance and professional services teams, on a full range of issues related to commercial contracting for inbound and outbound activities
Review, negotiate and draft a wide variety of agreements including software licensing, SaaS, master purchase agreements, master services agreements and related statements of work and change orders, development agreements, design agreements, reseller and channel partner agreements, professional services, subcontractor and partnership agreements, device development, co-promotion agreements, supply agreements, consulting agreements, recruiting agreements and nondisclosure agreements
Collaborate closely with business teams across different functions and applying appropriate judgment and problem-solving skills to achieve deal objectives
Advise and represent company’s interests in commercial disputes and litigation, including working effectively with outside counsel where relevant
Assist in the continued development and revisions to commercial agreements and contracts clause playbook to support the legal function
Drive implementation of continuous improvements for scalable and effective processes, including the contracting process
Other projects and duties in support of legal function
Skills and Requirements :
7+ years of commercial contract and business law experience, primarily with technology companies, including 3+ years at a national or top regional law firm;
commercial arbitration and litigation experience a plus
J.D. from accredited U.S. law school and active bar membership in good standing (preferably CA)
Extensive experience drafting and negotiating with large suppliers, technology providers and customers in the telecommunications and / or technology space, with a record of outstanding achievement
Demonstrated skills as a strong negotiator with the ability to navigate through complex agreements with minimal supervision and to work independently to represent the company in identifying and effectively addressing risks and nonstandard terms
Track record of exercising sound judgment in advising and recommending risk mitigation in a wide range of business transaction
Good understanding and knowledge of subject areas relevant to technology contracts, including intellectual property rights, software licensing, service level agreements, data rights and privacy laws and regulations, data breach and security standards and requirements, supply chain continuity and transition services
Outstanding legal drafting and written and verbal communication skills
Demonstrated ability to exercise sound legal judgment, business decision-making and problem-solving skills in a variety of business and commercial situations
Excellent work ethic, with strong track record of professionalism, maturity and collegiality
Demonstrated ability to work self-sufficiently to prioritize and manage workload and close projects against tight deadlines while thriving in a fast-paced environment
Unquestioned ethics and professional integrity with a high level of accountability, coupled with strong organizational skills
Team player with strong interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with cross-functional groups
Solid working knowledge of MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Acrobat Pro and database systems