Legal Counsel

Location: Brisbane
Job Type: Full time
Reference: JT507860BRI

Accenture is one of the world’s leading organizations providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations, with over 411,000 employees; offices and operations in more than 200 cities in 55 countries; and net revenues of $32.9 billion for fiscal 2016.

Legal professionals at Accenture deliver and coordinate legal, contract and commercial advice and counsel in support of Accenture and our clients' business objectives, working to manage and mitigate risk and ensure compliance with laws and company policies. Accenture offers a compelling mix of work and training opportunities, work environment and structure for career progression.

Job Summary:

A hands-on transactional role supporting the complex deals within Australia and New Zealand across a broad range of industries, service types, emerging technologies and offerings.

The Legal Services group provides and manages all legal advice and support to Accenture. Legal Services prides itself on providing objective, focused, commercially relevant advice and solutions based on an understanding of the law and Accenture's business, which is essential in a competitive marketplace. The role is dynamic and demanding with opportunities to work on leading edge technology and service offerings. The Legal Services team works closely with each deal team to find ways to achieve our clients’ and our own objectives whilst managing risk as well as compliance with contractual obligations, policies and obligations at law.

As a member of the Legal team, you are expected to be a steward for Accenture’s business and people, and an exemplar of Accenture’s core values.

Key Responsibilities:

As part of the Legal team you will lead the negotiations of and support a portfolio of complex deals across different industries and types of offering, with the following key responsibilities:

  • Advise deal teams on shaping of the business opportunity within the transaction

  • Work with finance, solution and commercial teams to identify and manage issues across the transaction and architect usable solutions

  • Work with deal teams to develop effective negotiating strategies

  • Form part of the negotiation team and lead the legal negotiations to conclude the contractual documents

  • Manage the escalation process for key legal and commercial risks

  • Prepare and provide briefings to legal and business approvers, and other stakeholders

Work Experience:

  • Minimum 6-10 years post-qualifying experience

  • Admitted to legal practice in Australia / licensed member of a Bar or local equivalent professional body

  • Deep experience in technology and/or relevant commercial transactions that demonstrates an increasing level of transactional responsibility and complexity

  • Previous experience in a law firm or in a fast-paced corporate legal/transaction group for an IT services vendor would be of assistance in performing this role

  • Understanding and experience in Australian Government and State government procurement desirable

Knowledge and Skill Requirements:

  • Strong systems integration, and outsourcing contracting experience working on complex transactions.Experience in mobile application, digital, SaaS and cloud transactions would be a bonus.

  • Intellectual curiosity to continuously learn about new technologies and market trends and an ability to adapt to rapidly changing services and offerings including identifying and managing new risks as they arise

  • Demonstrated business/commercial acumen

  • Solutions orientated to assist to structure client transactions to be most advantageous from a legal and business perspective (“thinking outside the square”)

  • Strong negotiation skills with a demonstrated ability to lead contract negotiations and extensive experience in dealing directly with senior client counsel and negotiating teams

  • Resilient under high pressure; able to balance between moving a deal forward and maintaining objectivity about the soundness of the deal and compliance with Accenture principles and standards

  • Confidence in dealing with all levels of management

  • Innovative mindset and not constrained by how things are typically done

  • Ability to oversee, counsel, guide, train and support other legal counsel, and manage external legal support

  • Ability to independently manage drafting, reviewing and negotiating transactional documents and correspondence on a range of transactions

  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a broader team

  • Appreciation of diversity management and cultural awareness

Accenture is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace. All suitably qualified applicants will receive equal and fair consideration for employment.