Legal Counsel

Cognizant

Budapest, Hungary

The role

The EMEA legal team of Cognizant is looking to add a German speaking IT technology and outsourcing lawyer to its nearshore team. The candidate will play an integral role in the continued expansion of Cognizant’s EMEA business, both in terms of existing service lines and new growth areas.

Responsibilities

The candidate will after initial training support the review and mark-up of a broad variety of customer contracts and other client facing documents for transactions across a range of jurisdictions (with focus on DACH region) and industries. The candidate will collaborate with local counsel as required on issues of local law. Her/his main focus will be the review of services and outsourcing agreements, statements of work, subcontractor agreements and other contracts under various applicable laws. The successful candidate will be part of the growing legal team of the EMEA region, which consists of 57 lawyers located in 13 countries.

The role will encompass a wide variety of legal and commercial issues and transactions, varying greatly in nature, complexity and value. It will involve work on all phases of deals, ranging from the proposal/bid review stages to conducting internal and external negotiations. The candidate will work closely with internal business teams and other stakeholders on contract reviews and risk assessments and quickly gain an understanding of Cognizant’s business. Topics relating to intellectual property, warranty, liability, indemnity, data privacy and project risks in the context of IT and BPO services will be particularly relevant.

Qualifications and Profile

The ideal candidate is a civil law trained and qualified lawyer and has three to ten years practice in either contract negotiation or contract management (in a law firm and/or in-house). Experience in commercial contracting accompanied by the ability to balance legal risks with commercial and operational needs of the business is essential; experience working on IT services and outsourcing contracts is a clear plus.

Skills

Skills necessary to fulfill the job successfully include:

  • Ability to draft, review and negotiate English and German language contracts;
  • Confident and impactful communication with people at all levels and backgrounds in English and German (verbally and in writing);
  • Precision in legal drafting and business communication;
  • Knowledge of contract law and practice from a civil law perspective;
  • Ability to assess legal risks in the context of the deal and the wider business, and balance these with commercial needs;
  • Confidence to act as the “conscience” of the company and escalate where required;
  • Able to multitask with rapidly changing priorities and to manage multiple tasks in a dynamic environment;
  • Self-starter and able to work independently and remotely, flexible, strong and self-assured personality;
  • Comfortable operating within an international environment with a diversity of cultures;
  • Analytical problem solving and project management skills;
  • A strong “client first” mentality;
  • Experience working in another European jurisdiction or ability to review and draft contracts in other European languages is a plus.

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