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Senior Corporate Counsel, Global Trade

Redmond, WA
Full Time
Practice Areas: International Trademark Job #: 1034227 Exp.: 7+ Years
This role requires: sound, principled and consistent judgment in fast-paced ambiguous environments; a thorough understanding of trade – in particular export controls – laws and regulations and the relevant government agencies and bodies responsible for their implementation and enforcement; a track record of cross-collaboration; strong commitment to integrity; solution-driven creativity and a business-enabling mindset; excellent verbal and written communication, including the ability to drive clarity from the complex. The role will report into the Global Trade Legal team within Corporate, External and Legal Affairs (CELA).

  • Monitor legal and regulatory developments; distill and clearly communicate their impact to Microsoft senior leadership and key stakeholders.
  • Develop and execute regional and multilateral external engagement strategies that include advocating for innovative and effective export control and other trade law approaches to achieving national security and foreign policy objectives.
  • Counsel Microsoft key stakeholders on trade-related legal and regulatory developments and strategies.
  • Work with business partners and other key stakeholders to operationalize regulatory developments and strategies, and to assure compliance globally.
  • Advance a collaborative, holistic, and compliance-by-design environment across the enterprise that fosters trust in Microsoft while enabling business.
  • Identify and propose opportunities to reduce complexity and mitigate risk, including through automated solutions.
  • Through excellent communications, help to improve decision-making on key compliance issues by, for example, managing a coordinated approach to a complex problem.
  • Employ creative approaches to resolving issues that arise in existing commercial and government contracting relationships, including pre-litigation legal disputes and inquiries.

Basic Qualifications:
  • Juris Doctor or international equivalent OR Completion of a Legal Apprenticeship.
  • 7+ years working as a practicing attorney on trade matters in a government agency, law firm, or in-house legal department.
  • Experience partnering with government agencies or bodies responsible for trade laws or regulations, including export controls.
  • Ability to understand technical details.
  • Willingness to travel, both domestically and internationally, as needed (and when safe to do so).
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including experience simplifying complex technical trade issues for executives.
  • This role is based in our Redmond, WA campus or Washington, DC campus.
  • Successful candidate must be a U.S. Citizen. This position requires verification of U.S. Citizenship to meet federal government security requirements.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • 5+ years’ experience as an attorney in international trade practice area (e.g., export controls).
  • A mix of corporate law firm and in-house experience is a plus.
  • Experience with cutting-edge technologies, including disciplines such as digital and telecommunications, artificial intelligence, and space and satellites.
  • Experience advocating for and influencing export control and other trade policy.
  • Knowledge and experience in exports, imports, supply chain, economic sanctions, and non-U.S. export regulations (e.g., BAFA, UN, EU, UK BIS) regulations.
  • Excited and passionate about innovating on behalf of our partners and customers.
  • Proven ability to distil the complex to non-SME or technical audiences.
  • Ability to influence within a geographically diverse team.
  • Experience with assessing compliance risks in the business and developing proactive strategies to mitigate risks.
  • Hands-on project management experience, including excellent organizational skills, the ability to manage multiple and varying mission-critical projects at once, and to follow through and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently while being able to contribute successfully to cross-functional teams.
  • Ability to demonstrate sound and practical business judgment even in ambiguous situations.

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