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Director/Senior Director of Legal, San Francisco Bay Area

Job Type
Practice Areas
Technology & Commercial Transactions,
Company Name
Solutus Legal Search
Job Title
Director/Senior Director of Legal, San Francisco Bay Area


Our client, a fast growing software startup with high-profile, global clients, has exclusively retained Solutus Legal Search to assist the executives in their search for the company’s first legal executive and commercial lawyer. This is an exceptional opportunity to provide leadership and partnership to a company on the frontiers of its next big growth leap. Experience working in-house in a commercially-focused legal role in a high growth SaaS business is a must. This role will report to the VP of Operations. Title will depend on years and depth of relevant experience. ­­­­­­­­­­

This attorney will lead the commercial legal function team (with eventual management responsibilities), work with the senior leadership team, deal desk and other functions to support all of the Company’s commercial transactions. S/he will provide leadership on the commercial operations team and will collaborate with several verticals including sales operations, finance, sales executives, information security and procurement to build scalable processes.

Duties also include negotiating commercial agreements including enterprise SaaS customer agreements, SOW’s, DPA’s, technology partnerships, reseller agreements and procurement agreements. As part of the responsibilities, the successful attorney will create and refine standard form agreements, playbooks and legal processes that mitigate risks while enabling deal velocity and scale. S/he will also manage regulatory risk relating to data privacy and data security.

The Ideal Candidate will Possess:

  • 8+ years of legal experience including 4-5 years of commercial software/SaaS legal experience
  • Legal experience drafting and negotiating: enterprise SaaS customer agreements, SOW’s, DPA’s, technology partnerships, reseller agreements and procurement agreements
  • Business acumen with the ability to effectively drive business forward with a thoughtful and practical approach
  • Demonstrated  capability to work efficiently, learn quickly, prioritize and meet demanding deadlines in a fast-paced environment, work well under pressure and adjust to frequent change
  • Excellent communication, drafting and negotiation skills
  • Ability to build and maintain strong relationships with executive, colleagues, customers, partners and external advisors
  • A passion for technology and a practical approach to problem-solving with the ability to effectively counsel internal clients with clear, concise and constructive advice to meet business needs
  • The desire and willingness to roll-up-your-sleeves and work with all levels of the organization
  • Unquestioned ethics and integrity
  • JD degree from an accredited law school and active bar membership

Experience in the following is a plus, but not required:

  • Data  privacy and data security regulation and practice, particularly as applied to a SaaS business in the marketing tech/ad tech space
  • Experience working with Open Source licensing models applied to enterprise customers
  • International experience
  • Supported a business(es) through a period of significant year over year growth
  • Establishing commercial infrastructure, processes, compliance and  efficiency programs

This is a unique opportunity to join a thriving software company and have significant impact in the company’s continued growth and success. Culture is terrific and the executive to whom this attorney will report is awesome. Compensation is competitive.

Our client is committed to creating a diverse workforce and encourages candidates representing diversity to apply for consideration.

Solutus Legal has been selected as the exclusive representative on this desirable search. Interested candidates, please submit resumes to search@solutuslegal.com for consideration. Resumes submitted directly to our client will be forwarded to Solutus for review and evaluation.

Ref. #584-SLS





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