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Director, Legal Counsel - IS Strategy and Transactions in Allendale, NJ at Stryker Corporation

Date Posted: 1/10/2019

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Job Description

The Director, Legal Counsel -- IS Strategy and Transactions -- to be based in Allendale, NJ -- will be a key legal partner to Stryker's Global Information Systems function.  This attorney will work closely with the Information Systems function on a broad range of matters impacting the IS Function, including compliance issues, policies, and Information System related vendor transactions.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Establish and maintain standards for buy-side technology related contracts
  • Draft and negotiate strategic and routine information technology agreements including SaaS, software licensing, services, outsourcing etc. and proactively handle various commercial matters   
  • Support IS compliance with regulations, contracts and software licenses
  • Support software license audits and negotiate settlements
  • Establish standards for use of open source code (e.g., when to use, license compliance).
  • Responsible for contributing to solutions to complex problems which could have a significant impact on the company
  • Responsible for prioritizing multiple issues and coordinating with large project groups to develop solutions to complex problems
  • Responsible for providing legal advice related to significant issues and making decisions related to legal matters which could have a large financial impact on the company including areas involving litigation, intellectual property, compliance with laws, investigations, contracting, government relations, sales agreements, tender agreements, company secretarial issues, tax matters, and supply or vendor relationships among others
  • Responsible for a significant number of issues, prioritizing and delivering timely results
  • Decisions will affect all global areas of the organization including regulatory, finance, human resources, operations, supply chain, manufacturing, and R&D
  • Provide timely advice and counsel to clients including contractual rights      
  • Advise the businesses on laws, regulations, and Stryker policies        
  • Develop and provide in-house training and education    
  • Follow, implement, develop and improve internal processes          
  • Collaborate and communicate with colleagues, senior management and outside counsel 
  • Manage and strategize with outside counsel       
  • Assist on other matters as needed          

Education & Special Trainings:

  • Law degree and admission to practice law in New Jersey or eligible for NJ in-house counsel limited license

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Requires in depth experience drafting, advising and negotiating contract terms related to data security and privacy
  • Requires a thorough understanding of and division-level leadership interaction with all areas of the organization including other functions (regulatory, finance, human resources, operations, supply chain, manufacturing, R&D, sales and marketing), other divisions and geographies
  • Requires frequent interaction with outside organizations including industry associations, law firms, vendors, customers, government agencies, court systems, regulatory authorities, law enforcement authorities, consultants, health care professionals and contractors
  • Minimum 5 years applicable professional experience; prior professional experience considered          
  • Demonstrates strong judgment, professional demeanor and business acumen          
  • Demonstrates ability to work effectively with colleagues in a global organization         
  • Embraces and supports change in a dynamic environment   
  • Reacts positively to changing needs and demands   
  • Demonstrates ability to inspire, educate and empower others
  • Ability to work well independently and in a team       
  • Possesses strong analytical and drafting skills          
  • Experience providing timely legal advice in a highly regulated environment preferred 
  • Demonstrates a commitment to integrity and accountability   
  • Provides guidance and direction to others and demonstrates strong potential leadership skills
  • Possesses strong communication skills and ability to convey complex legal principles clearly and concisely   
  • Has a general understanding of business financials and reporting     
  • Has the ability to allocate resources effectively and, where relevant, general understanding of the budgeting process, expense and headcount management.   
  • Possesses strong organizational skills and is able to manage numerous projects and conflicting demands in a fast-paced environment         
  • Possesses strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate at all levels of corporate organization           
  • Maintains confidential information    
  • Demonstrates proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite       

Work From Home: No

Travel Percentage: Up to 25%

Stryker Corporation is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. Stryker is an EO employer – M/F/Veteran/Disability.

Stryker Corporation will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

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