Contracts Counsel - Bilingual (FR/EN)

Toronto, Ontario, Canada Legal Full-time
Cision Ltd is a leading global provider of innovative earned media software and services to public relations and marketing communications professionals. Cision’s Communications Cloud platform allows users to identify key influencers, craft and distribute strategic content, and measure meaningful impact of PR and Communications Teams’ campaigns. Cision has over 4,500 employees with offices in 23 countries throughout the Americas, EMEA, and APAC. For more information about our products and services, visit www.cision.com and follow us on Twitter @Cision.
 
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The Contracts Counsel is responsible for orchestrating end-to-end management of the negotiation process of client contracts inclusive of; partnering and supporting Sales teams and clients nationally, championing best practice contract administration, and providing legal counsel on contractual and business issues, as well as product development, to mitigate risk and ensure compliance with all contractual requirements in both English & French.

Key Accountabilities

  • Draft and negotiate commercial contracts for various business units including NDAs, technology agreements, partnership agreements and vendor contracts.
  • Manage the negotiation process adhering to corporate standards and protocol including but not limited to; negotiating client contracts, facilitating the preparation and execution of contracts, and managing the continuous enhancement of client contract workflow.
  • Collaborate with Sales teams and clients, lead meetings as necessary throughout the negotiation process to gain understanding of potential risks and assist with deal-closing. Advise Sales teams on client contracts, products, sales, disputes and terminations and other inquiries.
  • Maintain records of contract activity for benchmark purposes, draft and reinforce processes to improve overall contract administration, and champion compliance and accuracy of content with stakeholders to ensure the integrity of all contracts.
  • Coordinate training and awareness activities with all key stakeholders (internal and external) to ensure contractual agreements in place are clear, fair and legally binding.
  • Advise on various other commercial initiatives within Cision which may include compliance activities and policies.
  • Review key RFPs and proposal responses for legal compliance and support the RFP Specialist in responding to tender requests to win new clients and business.
  • Research and analyze various legal issues, and perform other duties as required.

Qualifications

  • Fluency in French/English, oral and written is required.
  • LLB or JD is required. Working knowledge and/or experience of Quebec contract law is preferred. LLM is an asset.
  • 5+ years of experience as a lawyer with software and services contract drafting and negotiating experience, preferably in the technology field.
  • Familiarity with software legal/licensing concepts such as intellectual property, limitations of liability, indemnification, etc.
  • Familiarity with technology and/or software-as-a-service (SaaS) licensing and data privacy is an asset.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Working knowledge and broad exposure to the service sector, working with Sales teams and clients and commercial law is required.
  • Working knowledge and expertise drafting or working with RFP responses, tender and sales documents is an asset.
  • Working knowledge of Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) and Freedom of Information and Privacy Act is an asset.
  • In-depth attention to detail, analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work well with key internal stakeholders in various levels within the organizational hierarchy.
  • Ability to prioritize and work under tight deadlines in a service-oriented and sales-driven environment.
  • Organized, efficient and able to handle multiple tasks with ease and professionalism. Self-directed, results-oriented and able to work independently.
  • Computer skills, especially Microsoft Office.  Basic knowledge of Salesforce or other CRM software is preferred. 
  • Willingness to master new and unfamiliar areas of practice.


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