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Senior Commercial Counsel - Digital

  • GE Transportation
  • Experienced
  • Posted 10/16/2017 5:50:04 PM
  • 2833419
  • Job Function: Legal
  • Business Segment: GET Transportation
Location(s): United States; Illinois; Chicago


About Us:
GE is the world's Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. Through our people, leadership development, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for global customers by speaking the language of industry.
GE offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, and competitive compensation. GE is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

Role Summary:
Reporting to GE Transportation Executive Counsel – Commercial, the Senior Commercial Counsel – Digital will be responsible for providing commercial legal support for the GE Transportation Digital business organization as well as other commercial software activities within GE Transportation.

Essential Responsibilities:
The Senior Commercial Counsel – Software Transactions will provide assistance to our sales and operations teams to support and facilitate sales of equipment and services with software content, commercial software development, licensing, integration and data migration transactions.

This counsel position will be tasked with building solid tools and processes around contract drafting and negotiation, and to provide software related legal support and guidance to our Digital and other sub-businesses for domestic and international software-related commercial transactions. This role will work closely with other members of our Legal team, including primarily the Senior Commercial Counsel – Digital Solutions, to help coordinate necessary legal support for the business, and will provide software transaction guidance across the GET legal function.

In addition you will:
  • Draft, review, and negotiate a broad range of commercial sales agreements for equipment and services, as well as software licensing, integration and data migration commercial agreements, including statements of work, inbound and outbound software licenses, service level and support services, consulting services, partner agreements and nondisclosure agreements
  • Support the GE Transportation software development community, commercial operations and enabling functions with respect to legal matters related to the operation and commercialization of software-related products
  • Provide advice and counsel regarding a wide range of legal and compliance matters, including data privacy, cybersecurity, and other matters concerning development and operation of software, licensing of third party software and use of open source
  • Provide training and advice to business clients on legal and compliance issues
  • Develop playbook and processes to enable consistency in agreements across commonly negotiated terms
  • Provide legal support to the GET Digital business regarding contract interpretation and guidance.
  • Work closely with members of the IP team to select the most appropriate form of protection and help grow the GET IP portfolio in the software technology area
  • Maintain commercial and risk management policies and procedures, and ensure consistent application of these through sound partnering with business client


Qualifications/Requirements:

  • Juris Doctorate (JD) from an accredited law school
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in business law, with significant contract drafting and negotiating experience; including experience in reviewing and negotiating product and service sales agreements, software licensing, integration and data migration statements of work, service level and support services, professional services agreements or similar agreements.
  • Member in good standing with the State Bar


Desired Characteristics:
  • Strong communication and negotiation skills
  • Experience practicing in the software/technology practice of a top level law firm or large corporation
  • Experience in effectively participating in cross-functional business and legal teams in addressing and resolving legal issues
  • Experience in handling sophisticated commercial and technology transactions and developing strategic and innovative plans for collaboration with key business partners
  • Understand key commercial risks and areas for opportunity and able to lead project risk review process and assessments
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully negotiate contracts that manage risk while allowing commercial success
  • Proven capability of working in a matrix environment and of leading by influence
  • Willing to work at a detail level
  • Clear thinker; ability to effectively identify and solve problems
  • External focus; understands customer needs, marketplace dynamics, industry trends and competitive landscape in the industry / function


Locations: United States; Illinois; Chicago

GE offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, and competitive compensation.  GE is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

GE will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditional upon the successful completion​ of a background investigation and drug screen.


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