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Position: Assistant General Counsel - Transactions
Location: Oak Brook, IL
Crowe LLP is seeking an Assistant General Counsel for a transaction-focused practice. This Assistant General Counsel will principally review, revise, and negotiate professional services and technology-related agreements for the firm as well as assist in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of Crowe’s contracting process. Identifying apparent and hidden risks associated with the task presented and collaborating with others to manage those risks are key functions of the role. The Assistant General Counsel will report to the General Counsel within Crowe’s Firm Risk Management business unit and will have significant exposure to the company’s partners, management, and all functional areas.
Role and Responsibilities:
Develop a detailed understanding of Crowe’s service lines and technology products and their associated risks;
Draft and negotiate professional services and technology-related agreements, including master services agreements, engagement letters, confidentiality agreements, business associate agreements, SaaS agreements, data protection agreements, software licenses, subcontractor agreements, government contracts, and related statements of work;
Review requests for proposals (“RFPs”) in order to identify areas of risk and advise partners and other business personnel on appropriate risk mitigation strategies;
Negotiate vendor agreements with an understanding of how the vendor will support Crowe’s business and the risks associated with the vendor’s services or products;
Apply US and international privacy and data protection laws as well as information security requirements in the review and negotiation of client and vendor agreements;
Improve existing contract templates and write new contract templates as the need arises;
Evaluate and improve contracting process activities, leveraging technology to create efficiency as much as possible to reduce the burden on firm leaders;
Document and expand our playbook for contract negotiation for common contract issues; and
Supervise and mentor others in their career development.
Crowe’s Firm Risk Management business unit and Legal Department are critical components of Crowe's organizational structure. The Assistant General Counsel focused on transactions will support the General Counsel and other Crowe personnel by crafting creative and practical legal and risk management solutions to issues faced by both the firm and its clients. Crowe’s Legal Department seeks acceptable ways to get to “yes” more often than “no.” To perform this function, the Assistant General Counsel must learn general firm practice in a wide variety of areas, proactively identify issues presenting risk to the firm, and act as a driver of good business process. A successful candidate will commit to learning Crowe’s multiple business lines at a detailed level and be a leader capable of developing and maintaining close working relationships with the firm’s other business leaders.
The Legal Department manages a large volume of requests, and candidates must have the ability to fluidly manage workload in accordance with business objectives and internal client priorities. Candidates for this position must possess superb organizational skills, business judgment, strategic thinking, and writing and verbal communication skills. Candidates must have the ability to lead and must be unafraid of rolling up their sleeves to take on tasks as needed. Where direct reporting lines are not in place, the candidate should have the ability to motivate others through influence. Enthusiasm for learning new technology and a strong knowledge of Microsoft Office are required. As a member of a smaller department, our attorneys are expected to work on a variety of legal matters outside of their central role. Additional experience that will be helpful for this role – but is not required – includes reviewing state or federal government contract requirements and assessing compliance capability; working in governmental, accounting, or financial regulatory sectors; and advising on a range of intellectual property matters as they relate to marketing, trade secrets, licensing, patents, and copyright.
Candidates must have at least ten years of relevant experience in a law firm, government agency, or in-house counsel role and be admitted to a state bar in good standing. Candidates will be required to take and pass the Illinois bar, but Illinois admission is not a prerequisite. In the pandemic environment, you will be expected to work primarily from home. Once pandemic safety-related precautions ease, candidates will be expected to work two-three days per week in our Oak Brook, Illinois office, and may work at home or in our Chicago office during other days of the week.
The above statements are intended to describe the essential job functions and level of work performed by individuals assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties performed by personnel occupying this position.
About the Team:
Firm Risk Management (FRM): Among its many responsibilities are supporting compliance with professional and firm quality controls, providing legal counsel for the firm and conducting due diligence activities related to firm investments, combinations and acquisitions.
At Crowe, we know that great people is what makes a great firm. We value our people and offer employees a comprehensive benefits package.
We will cultivate your talent in an inclusive culture that values diversity. You will have the chance to meet on a consistent basis with your Career Coach who will guide you in your career goals and aspirations.
Crowe (www.crowe.com) is one of the largest public accounting, consulting and technology firms in the United States. Crowe uses its deep industry expertise to provide audit services to public and private entities while also helping clients reach their goals with tax, advisory, risk and performance services. Crowe is recognized by many organizations as one of the country's best places to work. Crowe serves clients worldwide as an independent member of Crowe Global, one of the largest global accounting networks in the world. The network consists of more than 200 independent accounting and advisory services firms in more than 130 countries around the world.
Telecommuting is allowed.
Internal Number: 22399
About Crowe LLP
Your Journey at Crowe Starts Here:At Crowe, you have the opportunity to deliver innovative solutions to today’s complex business issues. Crowe’s accounting, consulting, and technology personnel are widely recognized for their in-depth expertise and understanding of sophisticated process frameworks and enabling technologies, along with their commitment to delivering measurable results that help clients build business value. Our focus on emerging technology solutions along with our commitment to internal career growth and exceptional client value has resulted in a firm that is routinely recognized as a “Best Place to Work.” We are 75 years strong and still growing. Come grow with us!
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