Senior Legal Counsel - Commercial & Technology (Zurich)

Beekeeper AG
Switzerland (CH)
Salary dependant on experience + Share Options + Company Benefits
11 Mar 2021
08 Apr 2021
Job Title
In House Counsel
PQE Level
Contract Type
Full Time

Senior Legal Counsel

Salary dependant on experience + Share Options + Company Benefits


  • You will be responsible for reviewing, drafting and negotiating SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) contracts for the business working closely with sales teams as well as NDAs, Professional Services Agreements, Service Level Agreements and Partner Agreements and Vendor Agreements in Switzerland, the United States, Germany and internationally
  • You will handle other project-based work within the scope of the legal department responsibilities on as-needed basis
  • Work closely with the Data Protection Officer (DPO) in all matters relating to Data Protection and Privacy, assisting in the drafting and/or reviewing data security policies, standards, processes and tools, ensuring Beekeeper’s compliance with data security legal requirements in the respective markets; and through the provision of sound advice on deal structures and associated risks for Data Protection Agreements
  • You will be able to influence the contracting processes, building templates and standard forms where required and help further establish the legal function in line with company needs as it continues its rapid growth
  • You will work closely with Finance and procurement to support the review and negotiation of supplier contracts, Statements of Work, Framework / Services Agreements by providing legal support for complex transactions and rapidly adapting to evolving negotiations
  • Assist in driving compliance through drafting, reviewing, updating, and helping to audit and enforce internal policies and procedures, as well as, conduct various compliance training workshops

What we look for in you for the Senior Legal Counsel role

  • Qualifications & Post Qualification Experience:  8 + PQE (at least 2 years inhouse) and
    • Common law qualified (LLB / JD) or
    • Civil law qualified with a common law LLM. 
    • Civil law qualified with at least 5 years common law experience
  • Bar admission in Switzerland is not required
  • Experience in an international environment drafting related B2B software, SAAS and technology related agreements
  • You are familiar with data privacy and protection law and practice, particularly in relation to SaaS offers
  • IAPP certification or similar
  • Being able to work at a fast pace with focus is a must for this role. Candidates must be able to prioritize responsibilities to manage a large workload with very tight timelines
  • Start Up / Scale Up experience, willing to tackle matters in and outside areas of expertise with professional enthusiasm and a self-starting mindset to collaborate with colleagues around the globe.
  • Good experience and knowledge with our main legal jurisdictions Switzerland, Germany and the US
  • Strong negotiation and influencing skills
  • Pragmatic, smart and collaborative team player who is detail-oriented, independent, confident and resourceful
  • Ability to use sound judgement to address complex issues while maintaining an appropriate balance between legal and business requirements
  • Outstanding communication and negotiation skills
  • Speak and write both clearly and concisely in (plain legal) English with a flexible style adaptable to different needs globally, including non-legal audience
  • German Business Fluent (B2 to mother tongue) (spoken and written)

Bonus Points

  • Experience in corporate law, labour law, IP, litigation
  • Experience with Salesforce and/or SAP
  • Experience with reseller and other types of channel agreements
  • Experience in a startup/growth environment
  • Experience in Compliance and/or Risk
  • German Business Fluent (B2 to mother tongue) (spoken and written)