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About the role

As a Consultant, Legal Counsel, you will mainly partner with business line management, business development executives, and other functions on commercial matters in all stages of deals including review of proposals and responses to RFPs.  This role reports to the Director, Senior Legal Counsel Japan, and work in coordination with the Group Manager, Senior Legal Counsel and the Manager, Legal Counsel.  

Key Role Responsibilities

Day-to-day, you will structure, review, draft and negotiate commercial arrangements, especially service agreements, NDAs and other related documents, including proposals, responses to RFPs, and quotes.
Assist business lines management, business development executives, and finance and delivery teams in clarifying and balancing risk and reward in relation to the service offerings and individual client arrangements, and mitigating risk to protect the company's assets and profitability.
Stay abreast of legal developments affecting Avanade, its clients and industries and synthesize the information to incorporate it into company’s transactional practices.
Resolve issues and disputes, minimize potential for litigation and foster protection of Avanade’s reputation.
Counsel, advise and educate company employees in regard to legal and risk management issues, representing Avanade and its interests.
Develop/support internal guidelines, toolkits, and packaged knowledge on various legal and business issues.
Develop in-depth subject matter expertise in legal to benefit the business.
Structure, review, draft and negotiate commercial arrangements, especially master service agreements and client engagement agreements as well as related documents.
Manage external counsels as necessary.
Handle other duties as may be assigned by the Director, Senior Legal Counsel Japan.

Scope of Work

Nature of Work:  Creates and implements work plans for assigned projects, programs, and/or clients against established operational objectives; supports translation of group strategy into objectives and work plans.
Scope of Work:  Provides operational leadership for work efforts requiring significant coordination.
Complexity:  Complex problems that consistently span work domains, requiring considerable judgment of contextual factors.
Discretion:  Wide latitude in approach to work, including ability to reshape work plans, guided by professional best practices and domain expertise.
Organizational Impact:  Work efforts have significant impact on near- and medium-term Avanade and/or client operations.
Supervision Received:  Works independently, with occasional validation of work efforts against strategic and operational objectives.  Significant latitude in judgment & approach.

Knowledge Applied:  Applies advanced knowledge of learned occupation/discipline and strong business operational acumen.About you

You are a positive and committed person who is passionate about the law and technology. You are not afraid to speak your mind, and enjoy a dynamic and creative environment. You have the ability to work in a team and manage competing priorities and adapt quickly to change. You are a people person who has the ability to build relationships at all levels within the organization. You have a curious mindset and a strong interest in understanding the business and what drives performance. 

In addition, you have:

A university law degree.
3+ years of broad experience in commercial and transactional matters, preferably in technology and consulting, in a law firm and/or fast-paced corporate multinational legal department environments.
Preferably, bar admission in Japan or the U.S. (but not required).  

Key Role Skill & Capability Requirements

Well-refined business perspective.
Ability to work collaboratively as a member of a team in an intense, fast-paced environment.
Disciplined, focused and dedicated to meeting high standards of excellence.
Positive experience working within a hierarchy and corporate multinational matrix both live and virtually across time zones.
Proven ability to meet deadlines on short time frames and under pressure with the ability to set and adjust priorities quickly.
Strong time management, prioritization and organizational skills.
Highly responsive and follows through on commitments.
Good problem solving skills and resourceful.
Superior communication skills, particularly with respect to active listening to and integrating information from various sources quickly and communicating legal advice in a practical form in a business context.
Extensive experience in structuring, negotiating, drafting and reviewing commercial arrangements, including complicated technology consulting agreements.
Advanced knowledge of contract law and general business law.
Up-to-date working knowledge of Microsoft products.
Fluent in Japanese and English (reading, writing and speaking).

What Avanade offers you

The ability to create change for a living – for your clients and for yourself. Our employees average over 50 hours of professional development per year. And, every employee receives a discretionary allowance as part of our extended benefits program to support your work-life balance on what you need to be at the top of your game. In addition, you will get to collaborate with passionate colleagues from around the globe on projects that make an impact. 

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About Avanade

Avanade is the leading provider of innovative digital, cloud and advisory services, industry solutions and design-led experiences across the Microsoft ecosystem. Every day, our 59,000 professionals in 26 countries make a genuine human impact for our clients, their employees and their customers. 

We have been recognized as Microsoft’s Global SI Partner of the Year more than any other company. With the most Microsoft certifications (60,000+) and 18 (out of 18) Gold-level Microsoft competencies, we are uniquely positioned to help businesses grow and solve their toughest challenges.

We are a people first company, committed to providing an inclusive workplace where employees feel comfortable being their authentic selves. As a responsible business, we are building a sustainable world and helping young people from underrepresented communities fulfil their potential. 

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