Lead Senior Legal Counsel

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  • SAP Export Control is a central function responsible for ensuring SAP’s compliance with applicable exportcontrol laws and regulations, including trade sanctions. It defines SAP’s export control and trade sanctions compliance policy, advises the company on legal requirements and best practices, and monitors SAP’s deliveries on premise and in the cloud.
  • SAP Export Control further supports the company in analyzing and meeting export control and sanctions related market requirements and in dealing with customers, partners, authorities and policymakers worldwide.
  • SAP Export Control reports to the Executive Board. SAP Export Control includes an operations team responsible for ensuring compliance through appropriate export control compliance processes and measures and a legal team that supports the operations team and other functions at SAP with legal advice and with the implementation of new or changing regulatory requirements.
  • SAP Export Control is based at SAP’s headquarters in Germany, with employees in Germany, India, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Greater China, United Kingdom and the United States of America. It closely interacts with global and local functions in legal and compliance, security, product development, logistics and operations.
  • The Export Control Legal Team is looking for a Lead Senior Legal Counsel acting as Regional Export Control Coordinator for SAP’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.




The Regional Export Control Coordinator is the main driver for export control and trade compliance in SAP’s EMEA region and acts as a regional representative of the Export Control Team. The role requires building and leading a network of experts, drafting policies and procedures, and collaborating with impacted business units in their compliance efforts, all in an agile manner and within the complex and constantly changing export control and trade sanctions compliance environments.

The Regional Export Control Coordinator´s main tasks include:

  • Provide legal advice for activities relating to the export control and trade sanctions compliance of goods and services relevant to the EMEA region.
  • Interpret and explain export/trade related compliance requirements and regulations applicable to the region and assist in resolving issues.
  • Work closely with other members of the SAP Export Control Team, regional legal teams, local commercial teams and other functions at SAP, as required to ensure compliance with applicable regulations.
  • Cultivate a network of local Export Control experts in the various jurisdictions within the EMEA region.
  • Promote knowledge creation and sharing within the EMEA region.
  • Increase awareness of export control & trade sanctions compliance on management level.
  • Analyze changes in local laws and support local implementation projects.
  • Help strengthen the global export control & trade compliance community within SAP.
  • Support the Export Control Team in case of supervisory authority requests within the EMEA region.
  • Monitor the local processes within the EMEA region.
  • Provide education and training sessions.




Education and Qualifications

  • Graduation from accredited law school; further technical degrees or certifications are a plus.

Required skills

  • Rich expertise in export control and trade sanctions compliance regulations and strong desire to deepen understanding of export control and trade sanctions compliance laws for assigned region
  • Strong project management skills
  • Excellent/Fluent written and spoken English skills. Written and oral proficiency in other languages spoken in the assigned region would enhance the candidacy.
  • Strong written and verbal communication and presentation skills with the ability to convey processes, policies, and advice in an understandable manner
  • Strong C-level communication skill
  • Assertive and convincing personality, high level of commitment and flexibility
  • Good team-working skills
  • Ability to build and maintain collaborative relationships with peers, internal clients, and external customers
  • Ability to work and collaborate in an international environment




Minimum 5 years of work experience in the area of export controls and trade sanctions, either in the export control department or in the legal department of an international company, in a law firm or consulting company specialized in export control and trade compliance, or equivalent. Experience in cloud businesses is a plus.




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At SAP, we value a flexible work which allows every employee to run at their personal best. This is why, today, we pledge to flex – providing an approach that can fit every role, style, and location while continuing to meet our business and customer needs. With this pledge, we will provide:

  • An inclusive environment in which people have options of work models: work from home, at the office, or hybrid*, based on what fits best employee preferences and business requirements - employees discuss with their managers the possibilities and align together the best work setup.
  • Flexible work schedules, so employees can adapt their personal needs with their professional activities in a productive and satisfactory way.
  • A 100% trust-based workplace as the norm, not the exception. *subject to legal requirement



We are SAP

SAP innovations help more than 400,000 customers worldwide work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively. Originally known for leadership in enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, SAP has evolved to become a market leader in end-to-end business application software and related services for database, analytics, intelligent technologies, and experience management. As a cloud company with 200 million users and more than 100,000 employees worldwide, we are purpose-driven and future-focused, with a highly collaborative team ethic and commitment to personal development. Whether connecting global industries, people, or platforms, we help ensure every challenge gets the solution it deserves. At SAP, we build breakthroughs, together.


Our inclusion promise

SAP’s culture of inclusion, focus on health and well-being, and flexible working models help ensure that everyone – regardless of background – feels included and can run at their best. At SAP, we believe we are made stronger by the unique capabilities and qualities that each person brings to our company, and we invest in our employees to inspire confidence and help everyone realize their full potential. We ultimately believe in unleashing all talent and creating a better and more equitable world.


SAP is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to the values of Equal Employment Opportunity and provide accessibility accommodations to applicants with physical and/or mental disabilities. If you are interested in applying for employment with SAP and are in need of accommodation or special assistance to navigate our website or to complete your application, please send an e-mail with your request to Recruiting Operations Team: Americas: or, APJ:, EMEA:


EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability:

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their age, race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, age, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, et al), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, protected veteran status, or disability.

Successful candidates might be required to undergo a background verification with an external vendor.

 Requisition ID:316621 | Work Area: Administration | Expected Travel: 0 - 20% | Career Status: Professional | Employment Type: Regular Full Time  | Additional Locations: 

Requisition ID:  316621
Posted Date:  Jun 8, 2022
Work Area:  Administration
Career Status:  Professional
Employment Type:  Regular Full Time
Expected Travel:  0 - 20%

Dublin, IE, D24VF5D

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