Counsel, Commercial Contracts

  • The New York Times
  • Sep 16, 2021
Full time Legal

Job Description

Key Responsibilities:

  • Review, draft and negotiate a wide range of commercial agreements, including:
    • technology and IT agreements (such as SaaS, networking, software license and ad tech and data license agreements),
    • online terms and platform agreements, 
    • master and professional services agreements,
    • vendor, consultant, and supplier agreements,
    • other agreements to support U.S. and international business activities. 
  • Handle all transactional work for the print business, including print, paper, distribution, and related agreements.
  • In coordination with privacy and data governance colleagues, review, draft and negotiate contracts and amendments relating to data privacy and protection.
  • Work closely with and function as team lead for the strategic sourcing department and risk committee.
  • Work closely with and function as team lead for the contracts management system.
  • Review, draft and negotiate other agreements, such as brand and content licensing, content distribution, marketing, sponsorship, venue rental, and other traditional and new media agreements.
  • Identify and analyze legal issues, help determine business terms and structure transactions, and provide advice to colleagues that balances business objectives and legal risk.
  • Coordinate the improvement of standard form agreements and legal processes, including developing training and templates, supporting a contract management system, and working with our procurement function.
  • Remain current on legal decisions, statutory changes and other developments, and advise clients accordingly.

Minimum Required Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate and J.D. degrees from recognized institutions and a member of the New York Bar.
  • At least five years’ relevant work experience that includes the handling of a broad range of commercial and technology transactions. 

Additional Requirements:

  • Substantial understanding of commercial, technology, intellectual property, and licensing laws.
  • Ability to contribute to discussions of general business issues; to work well with a wide range of clients; and to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to balance competing demands under time pressure.
  • Excellent judgment and professional integrity.
  • Working knowledge of domestic and international privacy law (e.g., GDPR and CCPA).