The Associate Counsel is the lead for French legal matters under the direction of the company’s General Counsel, provides insight and counsel to Corcentric’s global management team regarding French business and employment law as needed, and provides ongoing operational oversight for the company’s offices in Aix-en-Provence. This role leads in the development and review of contracts, master service agreements, vendor agreements, credit agreements, NDAs, and supports/advises on human resources matters.
Oversee the preparation and negotiation of various commercial agreements and contracts, including, but not limited to, master services, licensing, consulting, subcontract, project (e.g., statements of work, change orders, etc.), independent contractor and vendor agreements.
Coordinate input on a cross-functional basis from operations, supply management, project management, legal, business development and finance to prepare, review and negotiate such agreements.
Lead and/or coordinate with outside counsel on additional legal activities such as corporate governance and maintenance, employment matters, litigation including mainly contract defense and collections, intellectual property protection and general risk management including assisting in the creation and evolution of policies and procedures, insurance management, etc.
Prepare regular updates on key metrics through the legal dashboard and track legal pipeline/queue. Manage backlog efficiently to ensure timely and effective turn-around and substantive input to all contracts.
Ensure that relevant internal audiences have accurate information on the status of all legal matters and contract negotiations on a regular basis.
Assist in the legal aspects of Corcentric’s collection efforts with customers on an as needed basis.
Serve as corporate Data Protection Officer and perform related duties as necessary. Partner with HR, IT, Compliance and the business teams to ensure corporate compliance with applicable laws, rules, regulations and contractual requirements. Advise on GDPR matters.
Manage corporate business registrations ensuring compliance with applicable laws.
Provides senior-level guidance, coaching, problem-solving and leadership in coordination with other functional leaders to ensure a smooth flow of daily operations in Aix-en-Provence as needed.
Required Education and Experience
JD and current license to practice law in France.
Transactional/contracting experience; Licensing/IP, human resource experience highly valued.
Strong background on the implications of GDPR and compliance with the law.
In house counsel and information technology experience strongly preferred.
Demonstrated ability to operate as a strategic business thinker while not losing sight of the tactical/operational details.
Expert interpersonal skills, with the ability to interact productively and collaboratively with personnel at all levels and to positively influence the decision-making of others.
Ability to successfully deliver a high volume of work on short timelines, often involving multiple competing deadlines, simultaneously.
Ability to work independently as well as the ability to work well as part of a team, both under minimal direct supervision.