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Legal & Data Privacy Counsel

Location: Madrid Spain
Job ID: 1022965HV
Date Posted: Dec 20, 2022
Segment: IT
Business Unit: Hitachi Vantara
Company Name: Hitachi Vantara Corporation
Profession (Job Category): Legal

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Role Title: Commercial and Data Privacy Counsel

Location: Madrid/Barcelona/Lisbon/Porto



Summary of Role

We are seeking a qualified lawyer (5-8 years PQE) who is fluent in English and Spanish and, preferably, also in Portuguese to join our EMEA legal team.

The successful candidate will have primary responsibility for providing legal support to the business in Spain and Portugal and will also work on data privacy projects in the EMEA region. Ideally we would like a lawyer with experience of working on technology transactions but we are particularly keen to find candidates who are passionate about technology, Cloud, big data, analytics and new emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things.

What you'll be doing?
  • Providing transaction support for direct and indirect sales, working as an integrated and essential part of the business teams within the company's legal entities located in Spain and Portugal.
  • Providing advice on the GDPR and working with the data privacy team in EMEA and globally.
  • Assisting the legal team in EMEA-wide legal initiatives including supporting corporate functions such as marketing and HR and liaising with the global legal team on cross-jurisdictional projects, compliance and export matters.
  • Involvement in the project management of roll-out and localization of EMEA-wide legal infrastructure (e.g. template contracts, drafting databases, training and playbooks) based on key business strategies of the above groups by the sales-supporting lawyers in the various EMEA countries.
  • Possibly supporting the EMEA General Counsel from time to time on M&A matters primarily in the US but also on a global basis.
  • Becoming a trusted and integrated part of the EMEA legal team and the wider global legal team.

What you bring to the team
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and Spanish are required, practical knowledge in the Portuguese language would be preferred.
  • Very good knowledge of commercial contract law in the area of technology (hardware, software, services including consulting services).
  • Practical knowledge and experience of the GDPR and related programs.
  • Solid experience (gained in-house) in drafting, negotiating and vetting commercial contracts that address complex/difficult issues, e.g. managed services and cloud contracts, general IT contracting, distribution and other partner contracts and product leasing.
  • An understanding of software licensing/technology transfer and working knowledge of European intellectual property and competition laws.
  • Some exposure to international trade aspects of product and services distribution (e.g. export compliance) SOX and anti-bribery/corruption laws (e.g. FCPA).
  • Experience working with a global company or a major regional division of a global company.
  • Ability to successfully manage several projects with simultaneous deadlines and to manage workload prioritization effectively.
  • An understanding of the implications of legal judgments on our business objectives and the trade-offs between business requirements and risk.
  • Ability to display analytical reasoning, creativity, conceptual ability, critical thinking and judgment.
  • Ability to summarize issues succinctly and be flexible and pragmatic with advice. - always looking for a solution to a problem
  • Ability to work collaboratively with legal and business colleagues, customers and vendors.
  • Ability to foster good relationships within the business and with the broader global legal team.
  • To be intellectually curious.
  • To be a self-starter, able work independently and with a good degree of initiative.
  • A desire to have an understanding of, and to be passionate about, Hitachi Vantara's products, services and business.

Our Company

Hitachi Vantara is part of the Global Hitachi family. We balance innovation with an open, friendly culture and the backing of a long-established parent company, known for its ethical reputation. We guide customers from what's now to what's next by unlocking the value of their data and applications to solve their digital challenges, achieving outcomes that benefit both business and society.

Our people are our biggest asset, they drive our innovation advantage and we strive to offer a flexible and collaborative workplace where they can thrive. Diversity of thought is welcomed and our employee base is represented by several active Employee Resource Group communities. We offer industry leading benefits packages (flexible working, generous pension and private healthcare) and promote a creative and inclusive culture. If driving real change gives you a sense of pride and you are passionate about powering social good, we'd love to hear from you.

Our Values

Research tells us that some applicants, especially those from underrepresented groups, can be put off from applying for roles if they need flexibility or feel they don't meet all of the set criteria. We strive to create an inclusive environment for all and are open to considering home working, compressed/flexible hours and part-time arrangements. Get in touch with us to explore how we might be able to accommodate your specific needs.

We are proud to say we are an equal opportunity employer and welcome all applicants for employment without attention to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status. With Japanese roots going back over 100 years, our culture is founded on the values of our parent company expressed as the Hitachi Spirit:

Wa - Harmony, Trust, Respect

Makoto - Sincerity, Fairness, Honesty, Integrity

Kaitakusha-Seishin - Pioneering Spirit, Challenge
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