Job ID : 1095308 Date Updated : May 10th, 2021
leading global firm

Legal Counsel, Manager

Hiring Company world leading organization
Location Available across Japan
Job Type Permanent Full-time
Salary 9 million yen ~ 19 million yen

Job Description

About the role

As a Manager, Legal Counsel, you will mainly partner with business line management, business development executives, and other functions on commercial matters in all stages of deals including review of proposals and responses to RFPs.

This role reports to the Director, Senior Legal Counsel Japan, and work in coordination with the Group Manager, Senior Legal Counsel.

Key Role Responsibilities

  • Day-to-day, you will structure, review, draft, and negotiate commercial arrangements, especially service agreements, NDAs, and other related documents, including proposals, responses to RFPs, and quotes.
  • Assist business lines management, business development executives, and finance and delivery teams in clarifying and balancing risk and reward in relation to the service offerings and individual client arrangements, and mitigating risk to protect the company's assets and profitability.
  • Stay abreast of legal developments affecting its clients and industries and synthesize the information to incorporate it into the company’s transactional practices.
  • Resolve issues and disputes, minimize the potential for litigation, and foster protection of Avanade’s reputation.
  • Counsel, advise, and educate company employees in regard to legal and risk management issues, representing and its interests.
  • Develop/support internal guidelines, toolkits, and packaged knowledge on various legal and business issues.
  • Develop in-depth subject matter expertise in legal to benefit the business.
  • Structure, review, draft and negotiate commercial arrangements, especially master service agreements and client engagement agreements as well as related documents.
  • Manage external counsels as necessary.
  • Handle other duties as may be assigned by the Director, Senior Legal Counsel Japan.


General Requirements

Minimum Experience Level Over 6 years
Career Level Mid Career
Minimum English Level Fluent
Minimum Japanese Level Native
Minimum Education Level Bachelor's Degree
Visa Status Permission to work in Japan required

Required Skills

Scope of Work

  • Nature of Work: Creates and implements work plans for assigned projects, programs, and/or clients against established operational objectives;

supports translation of group strategy into objectives and work plans.

  • Scope of Work: Provides operational leadership for work efforts requiring significant coordination.
  • Complexity: Complex problems that consistently span work domains, requiring the considered judgment of contextual factors.
  • Discretion: Wide latitude in approach to work, including the ability to reshape work plans, guided by professional best practices and domain expertise.
  • Organizational Impact: Work efforts have a significant impact on near- and medium-term Avanade and/or client operations.
  • Supervision Received: Works independently, with occasional validation of work efforts against strategic and operational objectives.

Significant latitude in judgment & approach.

  • Knowledge Applied: Applies advanced knowledge of learned occupation/discipline and strong business operational acumen.

About you

You are a positive and committed person who is passionate about the law and technology. You are not afraid to speak your mind and enjoy a dynamic and creative environment.

You have the ability to work in a team and manage competing priorities and adapt quickly to change. You are a people person who has the ability to build relationships at all levels within the organization.

You have a curious mindset and a strong interest in understanding the business and what drives performance.

In addition, you have :

  • A university law degree.
  • 5+ years of broad experience in commercial and transactional matters, preferably in technology and consulting, in a law firm and / or fast-paced corporate multinational legal department environments.
  • Preferably, bar admission in Japan or the U.S. (but not required).

Key Role Skill & Capability Requirements

  • Well-refined business perspective.
  • Ability to work collaboratively as a member of a team in an intense, fast-paced environment.
  • Disciplined, focused, and dedicated to meeting high standards of excellence.
  • Positive experience working within a hierarchy and corporate multinational matrix both live and virtually across time zones.
  • Proven ability to meet deadlines on short time frames and under pressure with the ability to set and adjust priorities quickly.
  • Strong time management, prioritization, and organizational skills.
  • Highly responsive and follows through on commitments.
  • Good problem-solving skills and resourcefulness.
  • Superior communication skills, particularly with respect to active listening to and integrating information from various sources quickly and communicating legal advice in a practical form in a business context.
  • Extensive experience in structuring, negotiating, drafting, and reviewing commercial arrangements, including complicated technology consulting agreements.
  • Advanced knowledge of contract law and general business law.
  • Up-to-date working knowledge of Microsoft products.
  • Fluent in Japanese and English (reading, writing, and speaking).


Job Location

  • Available across Japan

Work conditions

Job Type Permanent Full-time
Salary 9 million yen ~ 19 million yen
Salary Bonuses Bonuses paid on top of indicated salary.
Work Hours 9:00 ~ 18:00

Hiring Company Information

Company Type Large Company (more than 300 employees) - International Company
Non-Japanese Ratio About half Japanese
Recruiter Company Information

SK Global Co Ltd

Legal Counsel, Manager - 1095308

Company Description


Legal Job Seeker  was established to offer the best possible service to the Legal / IP and IT business community in Japan. We are able to deliver excellent results to both our clients and our candidates and our focus being on excellent quality, professionalism and sincerity. We strongly believe that we have the expertise and knowledge to introduce the best people to fill legal & IP positions in Japan. Our team has an excellent in depth knowledge of the Japan job market to source the right candidates for high performance.

Career Advice

We promise to help you through the process of finding your next position. As a candidate you will receive genuine advice and assessment. We will market your skills the best way we know how, guide you through your interviews and give you our best advice possible. We will only submit your resume to a client with your knowledge and agreement. In short, making a career move is one of the most important decisions you may face, and we promise to guide you through every step of the way and maintain a professional and courteous manner, no matter what your decision may be.

About Legal Job Seeker

LJS is a division of a team of experienced, talented legal recruiters who are committed and dedicated to the search and placement of qualified Patent Attorneys , Lawyers and qualified legal and compliance professionals with a strong interest in the legal area, as well as supporting placement into international patent and law firms. Our company holds an impressive track record of successfully completing a large number of legal and compliance searches for both our International and Japanese clients based in Tokyo. Our knowledge of the industry, specialist recruitment methodology and our approach to recruitment has made us uniquely special from other agencies to ensure that we deliver the best results for our clients and candidates.

Our Approach Commitment to Excellent Service

Our company is committed to providing an excellent and personal service to both our clients and candidates. We believe that every hiring decision impacts all areas of peoples lives and therefore we are extremely careful in our recruitment approach and placements. Our philosophies regarding recruitment are as follows.

Honesty Innovation Commitment Accountability Professionalism Service and Team work

We at LJS work collectively to deliver service we can be proud of, and are able to deliver results in the shortest period of time. Whether you are looking for talented individuals to join your team, or a brand new challenge yourself, we promise to deliver the best possible service we can.

Our Area of Expertise

We aid, assist and work with both Japanese and International clients who are looking to hire qualified individuals in both Japan and overseas and non- qualified legal & IP professionals. Our area focuses on mid to senior level legal & IP positions in Tokyo and covers all levels of seniority.