Microsoft Commercial Attorney - Multi-Country Cluster Summary Microsoft has an immediate opportunity for an experienced attorney to join our Middle East Africa Corporate, External & Legal Affairs (CELA) team as the Attorney responsible for supporting our businesses in Egypt, Levant (Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq) and Near East (Pakistan). The professional will act as a key partner to local business and will oversee commercial legal and compliance issues affecting Microsoft in countries in which it operates in the region. The position will be based in Cairo.
The attorney will work as part of the Middle East and Africa (MEA) CELA team that includes government affairs professionals, attorneys, investigators and administrators. MEA encompasses 78 nations. It is headquartered in Istanbul, Turkey.
Specific Responsibilities Of The Position Include Ensuring Microsoft follows all laws and regulations, in coordination with HR, Finance and the business leadership; Supporting a wide array of commercial matters, including drafting, reviewing and negotiating commercial agreements, and providing advice across a broad range of subject matters including issues regarding Cloud Adoption, Intellectual Property, Competition Law, Marketing, and applicable regulatory matters;Working effectively with the local business and broader regional and corporate teams to help analyze legal risks, resolve issues and improve overall business strategy;Representing Microsoft in external forums on legal, regulatory, investigative and similar issues; Advocating for Microsoft Cloud Solutions with regulators, industry bodies and external customers by articulating our key contractual, compliance and certifications differentiators and Supporting local IP enforcement activities, litigation, and government investigations in close coordination with other regional CELA personnel. The successful candidate will have a law degree. He/she will have at least 5 years’ relevant experience as a commercial attorney and will have experience across jurisdictions in Africa, ideally in the IT industry. Experience dealing with diverse cultures, is a plus. Fluency (written and spoken) in English, Arabic, & French. Position ProfilePosition: Attorney, Multi-Country Cluster Location: Cairo - Egypt.
Responsibilities Key Areas of Responsibility: The Attorney will partner with the business teams and Microsoft’s network of Solutions Partners to drive Digital Transformation in priority customer accounts, Industries and Countries. He or she will own the task of removing blockers (whether legal or perception blockers) to the adoption of the Microsoft Cloud through the proactive engagement with Legal, Compliance, Risk and business decision makers in priority customers and Industry space. The Attorney will address novel legal and regulatory questions as the technology business moves into new areas. This person coordinates with other Microsoft regional CELA staff, Microsoft subject-matter specialists and outside experts to ensure coverage of all legal and compliance matters. The Attorney has primary responsibility for ensuring compliance of personnel in Microsoft businesses in Multi-Country Cluster (Egypt, Levant & Pakistan) with all relevant laws and regulations as well as with Microsoft policies. The Attorney works with internal clients and colleagues on programmatic agreements which involve varying degrees of localization as part of Microsoft worldwide and local offerings and is also responsible for preparing and revising standard forms of agreement, including licensing and services contracts. The Attorney assists internal clients to structure, prepare, negotiate and finalize agreements and letters of intent/memoranda of understanding and advises generally on the legal aspects of licensing, consulting and product support services, marketing, sales and distribution processes, outsourcing and vendor management issues. The Attorney supports Microsoft’s local IP enforcement activities, working closely with the Regional Anti-Piracy lead and other local and regional personnel to ensure that Microsoft’s enforcement efforts are effective and in compliance with applicable laws and policies.
Qualifications Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances.
Candidate Profile Key Experiences 3-5 years experience in the legal department of an international company (or similar experience in a law firm). Experience managing and implementing corporate compliance initiatives. Familiarity with IT, Telecommunications, Cloud & Intellectual Property laws and concepts. Experience handling or managing complex transactions. A strong understanding of business issues and thinking, preferably in the IT sector. Strong analytical, negotiation and drafting skills. Experience dealing with diverse cultures and managing and building strong client relationships. Excellent team player with the ability to work and communicate with a large number of diverse people, including senior management, in a high-pressured business environment, with a flexible, open, collaborative and results-oriented attitude. A record of professional growth and success.
Qualifications Three to Five years of relevant professional activity. Law degree. Excellent written and spoken French/English/Arabic.
The Successful Candidate Will Have the ability to prioritize and focus on doing a few things very well, with high impact. Have the ability to work proactively and independently while also being capable of working and contributing in a collegial team situation within the subsidiary and across the region. Help grow business opportunities through application of public policy and legal support. Manage a broad workload across legal and compliance functions to enable and support Microsoft’s priorities in Multi-Country Cluster. Adapt to a changing environment with creative solutions in support of regional business directions. Be able to leverage and build on the contributions of others - and share his/her own contributions to help make others successful.
Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer and supports workforce diversity. All applications for vacant positions will be welcomed and will be considered on the relative merits of the applicant against the role profile for the position regardless of color, race, nationality, ethnic origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, parental responsibilities, age, religion, or belief