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Legal Counsel

Req id:  8988

Gaithersburg, MD, US Columbus, OH, US San Mateo, CA, US Alpharetta, GA, US


As the Information Company, our mission at OpenText is to create software solutions and deliver services that redefine the future of digital. Be part of a winning team that leads the way in Enterprise Information Management. 


The Opportunity:


OpenText is seeking a commercial Legal Counsel to join OpenText’s in-house legal team based in our Gaithersburg, Maryland, San Mateo, California, Alpharetta, Georgia or Columbus, Ohio offices. This is a diverse role that will include drafting and negotiating a wide variety of commercial technology agreements in support of Americas region sales activity for OpenText’s Enterprise business, including software licenses, professional services and cloud services agreements, resolving commercial disputes, providing legal guidance on company transactions and new go-to-market products, and monitoring changes in laws and regulations. The role is one of trusted Legal advisor.  Working with cross-functional groups, diverse internal clients, and handling escalations are also key components of this position.  


You Are Great At:  


  • Working effectively and pragmatically in a fast-paced environment
  • Managing multiple responsibilities
  • Understanding the complexities of a multi-faceted business
  • Drafting and negotiating a wide variety of commercial agreements
  • Communicating complex matters clearly and solving problems
  • Building positive working relationships with teammates, subject matter experts, internal clients and customers
  • Providing high quality, practical legal support


What It Takes:


  • Strong academic record and experience working in a law firm and/or in-house within a corporate environment
  • 3+ years previous experience conducting contract negotiations preferred
  • Juris Doctor degree from an accredited institution
  • Admitted to practice law in at least one U.S. state
  • Enthusiastic, hard-working, enjoy working in a team environment and confident working at a senior level with lawyers and other professional colleagues. 
  • Interest in learning new technologies and business models; and willing to make recommendations and participate in the decision-making process.
  • Experience doing business with governmental organizations (Federal, state and local) and regulated industries a plus.
  • Solid “hands on” experience drafting, negotiating and providing guidance on a wide variety of agreements, particularly in software licensing, hosted/ cloud based product agreements, professional services contracts, maintenance and support agreements. 
  • Knowledge of working within the IT sector and assisting sales executives on commercial and sales transactions.
  • Background in contract support for a variety of business functions including sales, marketing, engineering and other internal clients.
  • Ability to advise management on risks across the business and strategies for mitigation.
  • Good judgment, integrity, and attention to detail 
  • Think creatively, act professionally.


At OpenText we understand and value diversity in our employees and are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We hire the best talent regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, sex, age, veteran status or sexual orientation. If you require accommodation at any time during the recruitment process please email accommodationrequests@opentext.com. Applicants have rights under Federal Employment Laws including but not limited to: Family and Medical Leave Act (FLMA)Equal Employment Opportunity  and Employee Polygraph Protection Act


Our growing team is mapping the future of Information Management, and we continue to make new discoveries that expand its boundaries. Join us and be part of a winning team, where the opportunities for your career are limitless. 

From its innovative start as a research project by University of Waterloo professors in 1991, OpenText has grown into a global company with offices in more than 35 countries. Our high- performance culture has forged our growth and is an excellent fit for people looking to push themselves to learn and do more.

It’s our time to lead, and as part of our team, it will be your time too. Our continued growth will provide you the opportunity to explore, learn and chart an exciting career path while enjoying a good work-life balance. 

If you thrive in a dynamic work environment, there is always a new horizon to explore. We are proud to offer excellent benefits, challenging work and competitive financial rewards. 

Our employee programs prioritize employees’ well-being and that of their families. We offer a comprehensive benefit plan, education assistance, a wellness/fitness reimbursement and time off to volunteer. 

Social events 
With offices around the world and flexible work arrangements, OpenText strives to make sure all our employees feel connected. Teamwork extends to our social lives too from local social events to company-wide activities, we want our employees to take time to relax and have fun.  

Corporate Citizenship  
Corporate Citizenship is more than a program for us, it is engrained in our purpose, impact, and approach to doing business. Through numerous volunteer initiatives, we support education and innovation for global change.

Explore your career and your potential. Become an OpenText Voyager.

Nearest Major Market: Washington DC

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