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Senior Legal Counsel - English and Spanish OR French



Requisition ID: 290560
Work Area: Legal
Expected Travel: 0 - 10%
Career Status: Professional
Employment Type: Regular Full Time



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SAP is seeking a Senior Legal Counsel to work within its Field Legal Organization in the Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region.  Based in Portugal, you will be a part of the EMEA Field Legal Team and will provide legal expertise for SAP and its business teams, particularly SAP’s sales teams, across the region  Primary responsibilities include drafting and negotiating multiple complex technology cloud, service, license, and related agreements to help achieve SAP’s business growth strategies and objectives, within SAP risk tolerances, while maintaining SAP policies, and complying with applicable laws.  In addition, the position might support other internal lines of business/practice areas such as marketing, bankruptcy, procurement, etc. You will act as a prime contact for the relevant sales and related business teams and provide legal advice and counseling focusing primarily on cloud agreements, as well as on a wide variety of matters, including intellectual property, licensing, data privacy, and license compliance matters.  


You will need to demonstrate the ability to draft and negotiate complex agreements, working with SAP’s Centralized Deal Support (“CDS”) and Commercial Finance teams in their drafting of cloud agreements (focusing on the legal aspects), work with sales and services professionals, pricing and revenue recognition teams, and others, in a fast-paced environment.  The ability to work with a team across a wide organization is critical.  This position spends a significant amount of time in customer facing negotiations. Experience in the Cloud (software-as-a-service) sector is strongly preferred.




  • Effectively structure, draft, redline, and negotiate with customers complex terms and agreements including cloud agreements, software licensing, professional services agreements, data processing agreements, etc. in support of SAP’s Cloud, Software, and Services business.
  • Work closely with internal Sales, Pricing, Revenue Recognition, Centralized Deal Support teams during the drafting and negotiation process. 
  • Serve as an escalation point for Shared Services, Commercial, and Sales Teams for legal and contracting issues.
  • Support SAP’s corporate business goals and objectives by serving as a true business partner, balancing legal risks appropriately against the commercial objectives whilst ensuring compliance with all relevant policies and procedures of SAP.
  • Identify contractual risks and suggest alternatives that lead to optimal solutions. Working cross-functionally with sales, finance, and operations teams to ensure that contractual terms are compliant with legal, regulatory, and company policies and risk preferences.
  • The ability to integrate legal, business, technical, and practical analysis, and a high level of motivation, are essential. 
  • Assist in handling various field and corporate legal matters, including but not limited to, bankruptcy, privacy, IP and claims management.
  • Assist with special projects as assigned.
  • Provide senior legal services.




  • Graduation from accredited law school. 
  • Meets applicable requirements to practice law in Spain with existing in-house experience specialized in commercial contracts. 
  • Excellent drafting and negotiating skills, experience with and expertise in negotiating key terms for Cloud Agreements, such as data protection, data analysis, security, compliance/regulatory, limitation of liability terms, etc. would be beneficial.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage workload independently.
  • Hands-on, customer centric, confident, autonomous, self-motivated and must enjoy working within a changing and dynamic organization, able to work under pressure and strong enough to stand own ground.
  • Strong interpersonal, leadership and communications skills.
  • Excellent/Fluent English and Spanish or French language skills – written and oral.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills.
  • Ability to provide timely responses to client base, providing sound legal advice with appropriate business perspective.
  • Able to influence colleagues at all levels of the organization. 




  • 5+ years of appropriate legal experience
  • Experience in providing legal counsel to sales teams


Success is what you make it. At SAP, we help you make it your own. A career at SAP can open many doors for you. If you’re searching for a company that’s dedicated to your ideas and individual growth, recognizes you for your unique contributions, fills you with a strong sense of purpose, and provides a fun, flexible and inclusive work environment – apply now.

To harness the power of innovation, SAP invests in the development of its diverse employees. We aspire to leverage the qualities and appreciate the unique competencies that each person brings to the company.

SAP is committed to the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity and to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with physical and/or mental disabilities. If you 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: Careers.NorthAmerica@sap.com or Careers.LatinAmerica@sap.com, APJ: Careers.APJ@sap.com, EMEA: Careers@sap.com).

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Senior Legal Counsel - English and Spanish OR French

Facility:  290560
Posted Date:  Oct 17, 2021
Work Area:  Legal
Career Status:  Professional
Employment Type:  Regular Full Time
Expected Travel:  0 - 10%

Porto Salvo, PT, 2740-262

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