Sr Corporate Counsel

Palo Alto Networks, Inc.
Aug 31, 2023
Sep 28, 2023
Contract Type

Our Mission

At Palo Alto Networks everything starts and ends with our mission:

Being the cybersecurity partner of choice, protecting our digital way of life.

Our vision is a world where each day is safer and more secure than the one before. We are a company built on the foundation of challenging and disrupting the way things are done, and we're looking for innovators who are as committed to shaping the future of cybersecurity as we are.

FLEXWORK is an employee–centric reimagining of how we work. We built FLEXWORK based on employee feedback – it is about flexibility, trust, and choice whenever possible. It's been a journey of disruption that has yielded the best of our values. We offer as much flexibility as possible, and choices that enable you to be most productive, including benefits that meet your needs and learning opportunities that you feel passionate about.

Your Career

The Senior Corporate Counsel will provide advice and assistance on a range of legal matters including commercial, intellectual property, compliance, corporate and data protection / privacy focused in EMEA, but may also support other matters in other regions as needed. The Senior Corporate Counsel will report to the Vice President Legal – EMEA & LATAM, based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. You will be part of a fast–moving, collaborative legal team that impacts all go–to–market aspects of the business. The team is focused on developing our next generation technology agreements, customer programs and channel partner programs to scale across the entire Palo Alto Networks platform.

This position works closely with sales, business operations, deals desk, revenue, finance, and other cross–functional teams and is a critical resource for colleagues in EMEA and globally. Strong candidates are proactive, solutions–driven, and independent, with direct and leading experience in drafting and negotiating consulting, software, cloud services, vendor financing, data protection, information security, and hardware agreements.

Seeking individuals who

  • Are unrelenting in pursuit of the company's goals and objectives and are constantly seeking self–improvement
  • Can persevere in the face of challenges in implementing new businesses and go to market programs
  • Can adjust according to the situation, learn new things, innovate, and try new approaches
  • Possess self–confidence in their own abilities while understanding that there is always room for improvement and that others' experience and knowledge are valuable
  • Are diplomatic and assertive
  • Can manage time and prioritize tasks
  • Demonstrate the highest level of adherence to not only what is legal but also what is right
  • Can apply their knowledge to real–world scenarios
  • Can function as part of a team, placing the success of the whole above the needs of the self
  • Have a desire to explore the unknown and question the status quo in pursuit of better, more effective and/or efficient solutions
  • Have a positive attitude, high empathy, and control over their emotions, especially in unscripted, chaotic, and stressful situations

We expect office–based employees to be in the office four days per week, with one day working from where they choose. We believe being together facilitates casual conversations and those magic moments where we can work on issues and ideas informally. These moments build capability and deepen trusted relationships and allow our people to feel safe in taking risks and being disruptive. Like so many companies, we are working through the details and things could change . but in general if a role is deemed office–based we want our teams to be together four days per week.

Your Impact

  • Review, negotiate, and conclude complex commercial contracts involving software, subscriptions, professional services, hardware, customer support, including sales, licensing, subscription, data protection and other commercial and intellectual property agreements that comply with the company's policies and risk tolerance
  • Respond promptly and effectively to legal requests from sales, operations, senior management, marketing, corporate finance, and other internal clients, and advise on recommended courses of action and legal risks
  • Advise on data protection/privacy questions and issues as they arise and implement recommended courses of action, policies, and procedures to comply with EU data protection/privacy requirements
  • Assist with global expansion efforts and foreign subsidiary management
  • Assist in training employees on legal issues and company policies, including anti–corruption, code of business conduct and ethics, data protection / privacy and assist with implementation
  • Help to build and maintain scalable frameworks and processes
  • Collaborate with other teams within legal to ensure consistency and to address issues relating to data privacy, intellectual property, and compliance
  • Provide legal advice as necessary, including identifying processes, legal requirements, registrations, and procedures, and ability to judge when and how to escalate identified issuesAssist with business operations on trade compliance matters
  • Support the continuous improvement of standard form agreements, policies, and legal processes
  • Handle additional tasks and special projects as needed

Your Experience

  • 8+ years of relevant legal experience with ability to work both independently and with a team and show demonstrated success, including a minimum of 5 years in–house experience
  • Qualified to practice in at least one European Union jurisdiction
  • Superior and proven written and verbal English language skills are required
  • Significant experience advising clients on structuring sales, licensing, subscription, privacy, and other commercial and intellectual property transactions and arrangements
  • Extensive experience with data protection/privacy requirements, including GDPR and other data protection/privacy regimes
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, business judgment, strategic thinking and superior work ethic and must be dynamic and highly team oriented
  • Ability to work efficiently with cross–functional teams and manage numerous complex projects simultaneously under tight deadline pressure
  • Flexibility to work on a broad variety of legal matters
  • Experience in network security or other high technology is preferred
  • Trade compliance experience is a plus
  • Public sector and public tender experience is a plus
  • Experience working at a European subsidiary of a foreign parent is a plus
  • Periodic travel required within EU and occasional travel to HQ in Santa Clara, California
  • English fluency required
  • Second EU language strongly preferred

The Team

Our dynamic Legal team has a strong impact on all go–to–market aspects of the business. We are unrelenting in our pursuit of the company's goals and objectives and are constantly seeking improvements and eagerly taking on new challenges. We value a positive attitude and high empathy. We adjust according to the situation, learn new things, innovate, and try new methods. We value collaboration, function as a team and know that our colleague's experience and knowledge are valuable. We demonstrate the highest level of adherence to not only what is legal but also what is right. We apply our legal knowledge to real–world scenarios, have a desire to explore the unknown and question the status quo in pursuit of better, more effective solutions.

You're passionate about driving complex legal issues to a business solution with strong buy–in from internal stakeholders. You think creatively but with a higher purpose, motivated by our mission to protect our digital lives.

Our Commitment

We're trailblazers that dream big, take risks, and challenge cybersecurity's status quo. It's simple: we can't accomplish our mission without diverse teams innovating, together.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for all qualified individuals with a disability. If you require assistance or accommodation due to a disability or special need, please contact us at .

Palo Alto Networks is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity in our workplace, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or other legally protected characteristics.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.