In-house Lawyer – ThoughtWorks

Job Title:   In-house Lawyer
Duty Station: Kampala,
About ThoughtWorks:
ThoughtWorks understands that
amazing human beings are the essence of exceptional organizations. ThoughtWorks
is a community of passionate individuals whose purpose is to revolutionize
software design, creation and delivery, while advocating for positive social
Job Summary: The
Thoughtworks In-house Lawyer will take responsibility for the African part of
our global legal team and play an important role in the development of our
business. We have a relaxed, informal and intellectually-challenging
environment that we think would suit a lawyer looking for the chance to work
autonomously within a unique environment. Based out of Accra, Kampala or
Johannesburg, this role will take responsibility for all legal queries for
Africa. Working as part of a global team you will advise the local leadership
teams and provide general commercial legal advice across a variety of areas.
You must be able to draft and negotiate consulting agreements; provide business
advice in a legal context; recognize potential legal problems and prevent
escalation at an early stage; obtain and manage relationships with outside
counsel; address compliance issues; and handle various other matters which may
arise. We have a flat organization in which people are encouraged to contribute
outside the sphere implied by their title. 
You may critique a sales presentation one minute and have your legal
judgment second-guessed by a programmer the next.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Be
    responsible for the delivery of efficient and effective legal advice &
    support to ThoughtWorks’ Africa business and other ThoughtWorks global
    offices as required
  • Offer
    efficient, timely and practical legal advice and strategic guidance to the
    Pan-African Management Team, together with the Commercial & Finance,
    Sales & Marketing, People, and Delivery and Technical Assurance
  • Support
    the Business Development and Client Engagement teams in the creation,
    review and negotiation of bespoke proposals, contracts and other legal and
    commercial documentation with ThoughtWorks’ clients and business partners
    (e.g. consultancy agreements, partnership agreements, license &
    support agreements, statements of work, letters of intent, etc.)
  • Support
    in defining negotiation strategy and the negotiation of commercial
    arrangements, and become a primary point of contact for the Business
    Development and Client Engagement teams
  • Provide
    expert advice and guidance on the legal aspects of various matters
    pertaining to ThoughtWorks’ main areas of commercial focus – Contract and
    IT Law, Intellectual Property Rights, Software Licensing (including Open
    Source Software) and Employment Law
  • Proactively
    recognize and highlight concerns and areas of potential exposure to risk
    as well as escalation of legal issues to the Management Team as
  • Provide
    training in, and help raise awareness of, key legal and commercial issues
    affecting the ThoughtWorks’ consulting and business communities
  • Address
    and manage legal compliance issues
  • Obtain
    and manage relationships with outside counsel as appropriate
  • Actively
    participate in the global community of the ThoughtWorks legal team
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    applicants must have seven or more years’ experience in PQE
  • Admitted
    to practice in Ghana, South Africa, or Uganda
  • Strong
    contract drafting and negotiation experience
  • Possess
    the ability to communicate with and earn confidence of business people
  • Highly
    self-motivated lawyer who wants to participate in the business direction
    of a rapidly expanding diverse company, you’ve found the right place.
  • Fluent
    spoken/written English is required. Fluency or proficiency in Amharic,
    Arabic, Berber, French, Hausa, Igbo, Oromo, Portuguese, Somali, Swahili or
    Yoruba also helpful
  • Solid
    commercial contract/non-contentious experience, ideally in an Information
    Technology environment
  • Wide
    range of commercial experience and some employment law experience is
    highly desirable
  • Past
    experience in or knowledge of business financial accounting practices
  • Possess
    the ability to manage a wide variety of relationships; you’ll be as happy
    working with our developers as you are the CIO of one of our clients.
Personal Competencies:
Communication: Can explain complex legal concepts to a
layperson, without resorting to legal jargon.
Integrity: Works well with others, respectfully. Admits
when they are wrong or do not understand or know something. Seeks credibility
over authority. Is (or shows a desire to be) involved in advancing social and
economic justice (Pillar 3) activities or has actively sought out pro-bono
Team Work: Actively builds relationships with
colleagues and clients. Respects the opinion and diversity of people different
from themselves. Is suspicious of hierarchy. Not hung up on having their own
office. Works in a style that’s collaborative and open-minded. Confident
without being arrogant.
Curiosity: Interested in clients and their business
beyond sorting out legal problems. Intellectually curious about technology –
has an inner geek. Goes above and beyond to learn about ThoughtWorks and what
we do.
Creative: Focused on providing commercial legal advice
rather than the most legally correct answer. Finds innovative ways to be part
of the wider ThoughtWorks world.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified
candidates who desire to work with ThoughtWorks in the above mentioned
portfolio should endeavour to visit the web link below and click Apply now if
convinced you have the job requirements.
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