Senior Legal Counsel - France

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    Issy Les Moulineaux, Ile De France, France
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Senior Legal Counsel - Enterprise & Public Sector - France

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 enterprise and government customers, to help Cisco deliver solutions that are truly changing the way we all work, live, play and learn?

Role & Responsibilities
Cisco Systems is looking for an entrepreneurial and self motivated lawyer to support Cisco's enterprise and public sector business segments in France. This qualified attorney must be a native or fluent French/English speaker with skills and qualifications to practice commercial and contracts law in at least one European jurisdiction. The role will be based in Cisco's offices in Paris, France.

The Senior Legal Counsel for France will have a broad range of responsibility, including:
* Acts as the legal resource and trusted legal advisor, getting to yes balancing risks and providing sound advice to the management and support business functions.
* Gives accurate, timely advice to country management team/ sales leadership and other functions on the questions that are put to legal.
* Maintains management involved and informed at all times about documents and transaction developments and properly records transactions.
* Negotiation and closing of all legal agreements entered into by Cisco's corporate entities, including direct sales agreements, leases, financing arrangements, joint ventures and other relevant documents.
* Identifies the best resources for programs that are cross functional or multi-country. Effectively program manages teams that deliver against these projects.
* Participates in other projects as a legal subject matter expert
* Listens, empathizes and handles needs, objections, issues and concerns over contracts raised by internal clients and Cisco customers and their legal teams.
* Understands and works according to the commercial pressures of a sales business.
* Is prepared when needed to give advice that is urgent at speed. Is able to work and advise in ambiguous and fast-paced situations.
* Helps embed Cisco legal policy within the country teams and the relevant geographical business unit in order to minimize concerns. Educates and coaches the team and the business unit in order to transfer key legal knowledge and approach across the team and to the sales force.
* Embodies the Cisco Legal “Barbarian” attributes (“BARI”: Bold, Aggressive, Rapid and Instinctive). Focuses on how to get things done rather than how not to. Brings the attitude of an enabler rather than a block to business.

Minimum Qualifications
Applicants should have at least 7 years' broad commercial and corporate experience obtained at a top law firm practice or multinational corporate legal department. We require motivated, self reliant individuals with a proven ability to work within a large team and experience representing, or working for, large multinational corporations. Candidates should be individuals with a highly commercial approach who will thrive in a sales-oriented environment. Ability to take ownership of own development, attending trainings and staying up to date in legal developments in its jurisdiction/s. Creative, bold, a real change agent that helps improving the legal support to the sales teams and Cisco's news ways of doing business o working, cross-collaboration with other legal departments, contractual simplification, legal analysis of complex regulations, etc. Excellent written and verbal skills in English and French are essential.

Desired Skills
* Experience with all types of technology contract issues including intellectual property, software licensing, data protection and security, international and national export-import regulations and complex negotiations.
* Experience with technology product sales go to market and contract motions, including distribution agreements, systems integrator agreements and direct technology hardware sales, as well as associated services sales. Experience with managed services, cloud and outsourcing-type arrangements also desired.
* Experience contracting with public sector, state-run entities, including defense procurement transactions.
* Familiarity with international and national dispute resolution procedures
* Experience handling competition and antitrust legal issues in the context of the operations of a multinational corporation.
* Fully familiar with local data privacy and protection law and practice, particularly in relation to XaaS offers.
* Familiar with the regulatory environment for telecoms and related offerings in France.

About Cisco
The Internet of Everything is a phenomenon driving new opportunities for Cisco and it's transforming our customers' businesses worldwide. We are pioneers and have been since the early days of connectivity. Today, we are building teams that are expanding our technology solutions in the mobile, cloud, security, IT, and big data spaces, including software and consulting services. As Cisco delivers the network that powers the Internet, we are connecting the unconnected. Imagine creating unprecedented disruption. Your revolutionary ideas will impact everything from retail, healthcare, and entertainment, to public and private sectors, and far beyond. Collaborate with like-minded innovators in a fun and flexible culture that has earned Cisco global recognition as a Great Place To Work. With roughly 10 billion connected things in the world now and over 50 billion estimated in the future, your career has exponential possibilities at Cisco.

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