Red Hat Software

Senior Attorney - Italian speaker

Red Hat Software

Dec 8th, 2022
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About the job:

The Red Hat Commercial Legal team is looking for a Commercial Attorney to join our EMEA commercial legal function in our EMEA headquarters in Munich, Germany or our Farnborough or London, UK offices. You will be responsible for supporting the EMEA Red Hat business. In this role, you will work on a globally dispersed team within the Red Hat legal department to support Red Hats sales and procurement activities in structuring, negotiating, and closing contracts. You’ll also collaborate with our finance and product management teams. We’ll need you to have excellent communication skills to interact with internal and external business clients while addressing complex issues in an accurate and clear, yet thorough manner.
As an ideal candidate, you will have the personality and presence to thrive in a fast-paced environment, characterized by rapid business growth and a changing technology and business landscape. This position requires significant interaction with the highest levels of EMEA management and sophisticated business clients.

What you will do:

  • provide legal support for the quickly growing business of Red Hat in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Italy will be one of the focus countries/regions
  • be responsible for the negotiation of Open Source software related contracts, including software licensing and software maintenance agreements; consulting agreements; reseller, distributor, cloud, hosting, OEM and other partner agreements; supply agreements
  • educate customers about open source licensing and Red Hat’s subscription business model
  • design the deals with view to revenue recognition principles
  • support and coach sales-teams on deal structure and contract negotiations
  • be the central point of contact for the roll-out of any new and updated agreements (including liaising with external counsel and translators)
  • act as interface between Sales, Operations and Finance
  • coordinate with management, as appropriate, to ensure any and all contractual matters are handled in a timely, efficient, and cost-effective manner and to ensure that processes and procedures will be developed and applied consistently, serve as a point of contact for legal, intellectual property and policy issues for Red Hat EMEA executives
  • serve as a trusted advisor and business partner by providing counsel and guidance for the accomplishment of overall business objectives of Red Hat, such as fostering a culture of innovation, while ensuring full compliance with applicable laws and regulations and avoiding unacceptable risks. Develop a thorough understanding of and familiarity with Red Hat’s business, its people, products, technology, markets, facilities, customers and competitors to identify trends and formulate strategies accordingly.
  • participate in region-specific Legal initiatives and cross-regional projects


What you will bring:

Here at Red Hat, we believe in the strategic importance and the legal implications of our business model. The ideal candidate would possess a blend of relevant contract transaction experience, software technology background, and a passion for our open source mission.
  • Master degree in law, preferably with an English or Italian legal qualification.
  • The ideal candidate is admitted to the national bar or holds an equivalent qualification.
  • 5+ years of professional experience as an attorney/in-house lawyer, including substantial commercial transactional experience.
  • Excellent communication skills. Ability to speak, write and negotiate fluently in English, and Italian and ideally one more European language.
  • excellent oral and written communication skills; acute attention to detail; excellent analytical abilities,
  • ability to work independently, prioritize and execute flawlessly on multiple concurrent and often competing deliverables, whilst managing expectations of the business and meeting. deadlines,
  • outstanding interpersonal skills, including diplomacy and flexibility, and the ability to interface effectively and engender trust and confidence with personnel at many different levels,
  • ability to work as a team member of the legal department in a scalable and accountable manner,
  • demonstrating flexibility and autonomy,
  • enthusiasm and “self-starter” qualities enabling him or her to manage responsibilities with an appropriate sense of urgency; desire “to make things happen”,
  • exposure to a US based company and understanding of the cultural nuances would be a plus.

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