EY Technology Contracts Counsel in Atlanta, Georgia

Technology Contracts Counsel

Core Business Services

Requisition # ATL003QM

Post Date Apr 23, 2018

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Job Summary:

The Associate Director of Legal for Technology Sourcing, a member of the Contracts Practice Group (CPG) within the EY Global Legal function, will be responsible for providing advice, counsel, and legal support to EY’s Technology Sourcing function, EY Technology and EY's Global Innovation team.

This role involves advising EY's Technology Sourcing team on key legal issues related to the procurement and use of technology products and services, including software, hardware, cloud, SaaS, agile development, managed services, outsourcing, and emerging technologies (such as robotics process and intelligent automation, artificial intelligence, data analytics, and blockchain).

This role will work as part of a team of technology lawyers that serve as the primary point of contact for the Technology Sourcing team that supports EY's Technology and Global Innovations teams, and will be responsible for negotiating the legal terms and conditions in innovation and technology procurement contracts; identifying and mitigating legal risks present in procurement, development, reselling, and co-development contractual relationships; providing business and legal analysis and related guidance to EY's Technology Sourcing and Global Innovation teams surrounding the development and use of innovative and emerging technologies; and ensuring that the development, procurement, and use of such technologies is in compliance with EY policy and governance processes, and is undertaken in a manner consistent with EY's broader global strategy.

The work is complex, often urgent, and high in volume and requires significant and recent experience in the negotiation of technology contracts. Excellent contract drafting and negotiations skills, current market knowledge related to emerging technologies and unique legal challenges and considerations inherent in such contracts, strong background and understanding of intellectual property law, superior ability to manage multiple competing priorities in a compressed timeframe and to interact on a regular basis with senior members of the organization, as well as experience working with large technology vendors as well as small, emerging innovative vendors will all be critical success factors for this role.

This role reports to the Legal Lead for Technology Sourcing, who is based in Atlanta.

Responsibilities:

The Associate Director of Legal for Technology Sourcing will serve as a key advisor to the Technology Sourcing function with regard to contracts and contractual relationships related to EY's development, procurement, and use of technology products and services, and will be primarily responsible for the drafting, advising and negotiation of a wide range of technology agreements for the benefit of EY's Technology and Global Innovations teams.

This responsibility includes:

  • Serving as a trusted advisor to Technology Sourcing by counseling on key legal risks associated with contracts related to technology, including software, services, emerging technologies, robotics process automation, AI, as well as advising on legal issues related to EY's development, use and licensing of such technology to EY clients.

  • Working as a member of a global team of lawyers who serve as the primary point of contact for Technology Sourcing, EY Technology, and EY's Global Innovation team with respect to legal issues related to the use, procurement, and offering of current and emerging technology products and services. The successful candidate will be knowledgeable in (and be expected to remain current in) rapidly evolving requirements in relevant areas of the law and will ensure that Technology Sourcing, GCO, and other key stakeholders are regularly updated with regard to the changing legal and regulatory landscape surrounding the use and development of current and emerging technologies

  • Working with Technology Sourcing to facilitate speed to contract, while ensuring that relevant risks are readily identified, escalated to GCO and business leadership, and appropriately addressed and mitigated in accordance with Global GCO protocols.

  • Providing business practical legal advice and guidance to key internal clients and stakeholders regarding potential issues stemming from EY's adoption, use and offerings related to current and emerging technologies.

  • The ability to effectively assess, balance, and communicate to business stakeholders and GCO leadership the risks and benefits associated with the multiple and sometimes competing objectives related to EY's procurement, adoption and use of technology.

  • Understanding legal and client business goals and how they impact the types of products and services procured.

  • Collaborating closely with local counsel on technology contacts where the goods or services will be used in connection with the delivery of EY’s services to clients.

  • Training fellow members of the legal team in London, Atlanta and in EY’s offshore legal support team (and potentially in local jurisdictions) regarding legal issues presented in contracts for the use or procurement of emerging technologies, and assist fellow team members or local counsel when working through IP, innovation, or technology issues by providing guidance and direction, as requested or appropriate.

  • Coordinating with and supporting cross functional teams (data privacy, information security, open source, and tax) as necessary or appropriate to support contractual or operational needs related to technology and innovation.

  • Ensuring that accurate and sufficient contractual documentation is developed to effectively document procurement transactions and to protect EY’s interests.

  • Understanding EY policies relevant to procurement transactions and how contract drafting, negotiation and execution impact and are impacted by such policies.

  • Applying the effective use of existing or new tools and processes to daily work and towards developing, recommending and implementing solutions to enhance the performance of the organization.

  • Managing workflow in a highly dynamic environment and remaining highly responsive, reliable, communicative, and accountable to team leadership and other members of the GCO and Technology Sourcing team.

  • Building relationships using sound partnering and negotiating skills with stakeholders and clients.

  • Building relationships and teaming seamlessly with other members of the Global Legal team, within Contracts Practice Group members as well as the other Legal Practice Groups, as appropriate, to deliver exceptional service to clients of GCO.

  • Developing and delivering training on legal matters, knowledge sharing and best practice across the legal network, technology sourcing and business, where requested or appropriate.

Qualifications

  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written;

  • Excellent negotiation and interpersonal skills;

  • Excellent subject matter expertise in technology transactions and the applicable market, legal and regulatory environment impacting and informing such transactions;

  • High degree of cultural and emotional intelligence, and demonstrated aptitude for resilience, flexibility, and ability to adapt to changing circumstances and dynamics;

  • Ability to team effectively with colleagues in other functions and geographic locations;

  • Ability to grasp, understand, and accurately articulate and document complex legal and contractual principles;

  • Expertise in negotiation techniques, contract law, contract drafting, licensing, intellectual property and project management relevant to complex technology contracts, emerging technologies (including in respect of open source software), and managed services;

  • Keen ability to assess size and scope of contemplated transactions and to tailor contracts accordingly;

  • Highly responsive with ability to manage high workload volumes efficiently and effectively; and

  • Solution oriented with focus on exceptional client service.

  • JD required; approximately 8-10 years’ experience.

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