Legal Counsel Springer Nature -United States

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The Legal Counsel functions as part of an integrated global team with the opportunity to contribute to the growth and success of Springer Nature both regionally and globally. Reporting to the Head of Legal (North America), this role supports the development of best-in-class internal legal support for North America as part of a proactive and agile licensing, publishing, and commercial team. The Legal Counsel also plays a crucial role in collaborating with colleagues in the global legal organization to support Springer Nature businesses and functions through a legal business partner approach. This role also has the potential to expand over time to include counseling editorial team on publishing matters and support for other segments of the business.

Play an essential role in working with the Senior Legal Counsel to support the drafting and negotiation of license agreements for North American customers.
Support the US Sales team on site licensing to public and private institutions. Provide support in connection with the sales and licensing workflow globally.
Review, draft, negotiate and advise on a broad range of commercial contracts, in consultation with internal stakeholders and the Head of Legal, which could include agreements for the acquisition and exploitation of intellectual property rights (including a variety of publishing contracts).
Be an influential, trusted advisor and legal business partner to Springer Nature businesses by providing commercial and strategic advice sensitive to the company’s global business strategy.
Provide advice at all levels of the organization, at both an executive and operational level, which is accessible, commercially sensitive, and technically strong across a full range of legal issues (e.g., commercial contracts, intellectual property, data privacy, licensing).
Contribute to the Legal team’s strategy and knowledge development.
Any other duties that can reasonably be expected or defined by the Head of Legal.

Experience, skills, and qualifications:
Juris Doctor from an ABA-accredited law school
Admitted Attorney & Member in Good Standing of New York State Bar or admitted to any State bar and licensed as in-house counsel in New York
A minimum of 3+ years experience at a law firm or in-house with general corporate/commercial/IP matters
Strong commercial awareness
The ability to manage organizational change
The ability to foster alignment and influence decision making
Good legal research, analysis, and drafting skills
The ability to provide clear, accurate, and consistent advice
Efficient, rigorous, and well-organized, with good attention to detail and persistence in problem-solving
Self-motivated team player that is comfortable with some autonomy
Excellent communication (verbal, written, and presentation) skills with an open, direct communication style and willingness to engage in constructive debate
Willingness to take on multiple responsibilities and the ability to multi-task and work in a dynamic and fast-paced environment
High level of integrity and strong professional ethics

Publishing and media law, including copyright, defamation, rights of privacy and publicity, internet, and social media, an advantage but not required
Language proficiency in German and/or Spanish is a plus but not required
State and Federal contracting experience is a plus but not required

If you are an internal applicant please inform your line manager.

Springer Nature US provides a comprehensive and competitive benefits package which includes the benefit offerings listed below:

  • Medical, Dental and Vision
  • 401(k) with company match and contribution
  • Hybrid office working policy, Summer Hours, and paid time off
  • Flexible Spending and Commuter programs
  • Multiple Life insurance options
  • Disability coverage
  • Tuition Assistance
  • Voluntary benefits: Identity Theft Protection, Pet Insurance, and Legal Assistance Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Family friendly benefits and a variety of employee discounts
  • An array of Employee Social Networks

Annualized Base Salary Range: $140,000 – $160,000. The salary offer may vary based on work experience, education and skill level.

Springer Nature is an Equal Opportunity Employer that complies with the laws and regulations set forth in the following “Equal Employment Opportunity Is The Law” poster:

At Springer Nature we value the diversity of our teams. We recognize the many benefits of a diverse workforce with equitable opportunities for everyone. We strive for an inclusive workplace that empowers all our colleagues to thrive. Our search for the best talent fully encompasses and embraces these values and principles.

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