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Posted on: 08 May 2024





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Legal Counsel

About Us
Sophos is a worldwide leader and innovator of advanced cybersecurity solutions, including Managed Detection and Response (MDR) and incident response services and a broad portfolio of endpoint, network, email, and cloud security technologies that help organizations defeat cyberattacks. As one of the largest pure-play cybersecurity providers, Sophos defends more than 500,000 organizations and more than 100 million users globally from active adversaries, ransomware, phishing, malware, and more. Sophos’ services and products connect through its cloud-based Sophos Central management console and are powered by Sophos X-Ops, the company’s cross-domain threat intelligence unit. Sophos X-Ops intelligence optimizes the entire Sophos Adaptive Cybersecurity Ecosystem, which includes a centralized data lake that leverages a rich set of open APIs available to customers, partners, developers, and other cybersecurity and information technology vendors. Sophos provides cybersecurity-as-a-service to organizations needing fully managed, turnkey security solutions. Customers can also manage their cybersecurity directly with Sophos’ security operations platform or use a hybrid approach by supplementing their in-house teams with Sophos’ services, including threat hunting and remediation. Sophos sells through reseller partners and managed service providers (MSPs) worldwide. Sophos is headquartered in Oxford, U.K. More information is available at www.sophos.com. 

Role Summary

As a Legal Counsel at Sophos you will help drive the long term, sustainable growth of Sophos by managing the risks in our supplier, channel and customer contracts, negotiating prudent positions for the company with an eye to the key considerations in every different situation.  You will work with stakeholders throughout the business to understand and advise on the risks associated with commercial projects as they arise.

What You Will Do:
  • Form a key part of a small but dynamic global commercial legal team providing legal support and advice to a growing cyber security business
  • Manage a wide variety of internal customer queries using our Jira ticket system
  • Advise on legal risk on new and ongoing business projects, new go to market offerings and advise on managing the associated risks
  • Negotiate a wide variety of supplier, customer and channel agreements in varying jurisdictions globally leveraging your legal knowledge and bringing an astute commercial approach to all of them
  • Deal with a variety of contract types, some simple and others complex, prioritizing according to business need
  • Draft bespoke contracts to deal with commercial use cases in a pragmatic way that meets the business’ needs
  • Establish and maintain relationships with different parts of the business to understand Sophos’ business needs to allow your negotiations to focus on relevant risks and enable you to provide problem-solving, practical solutions
  • Identify areas for business improvement, initiating or leading change programs which enhance customer experience.  These could include things like designing and delivering training, automations and battlecards on key legal areas to assist the business to pre-empt issues
  • Work to improve processes and look for efficiencies in systems to improve our reach and help manage the company’s overall risk
  • Be an active team member, engaging in team meetings, thriving on healthy debate in an atmosphere where we all strive to learn from each other as key contributors
  • Support the team’s global workload while other team members are offline 
  • Carry out legal research as needed and know when you need to obtain advice from external counsel

  • What You Will Bring:
  • Qualified solicitor with experience (5 years +) in commercial law, ideally in an IT environment
  • Demonstratable problem-solving skills in contract drafting, review, red-lining, and negotiation on high stakes complex contracts under time pressure
  • Sound judgment and the ability to analyse situations and information swiftly and present your thoughts to the business in a succinct manner
  • Skilled in drafting a variety of legal contracts with an in depth appreciation for commercial law coupled with a risk based, pragmatic approach
  • The imagination to find creative solutions to meet the needs of the business whilst minimizing Sophos’ exposure to legal risks
  • A personable and open mindset, willingness to learn from all of your colleagues inside and outside of legal with a collaborative approach in a high paced work environment
  • Ability to focus on the right questions, tailor your communications to your audience and manage internal customer expectations
  • Ability to prioritize your workload, meet deadlines and see a task through to completion

  • Desirable

  • Experience dealing with public sector contracts and tender processes, particularly in the US
  • Data privacy experience
  • Experience with devising automations to serve internal clients 
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    Ready to Join Us?
    At Sophos, we believe in the power of diverse perspectives to fuel innovation. Research shows that candidates sometimes hesitate to apply if they don't check every box in a job description. We challenge that notion. Your unique experiences and skills might be exactly what we need to enhance our team. Don't let a checklist hold you back – we encourage you to apply.

    What's Great About Sophos?
    ·   Sophos operates a remote-first working model, making remote work the primary option for most employees. However, some roles may necessitate a hybrid approach. Please refer to the location details in our job postings for further information.
    ·   Our people – we innovate and create, all of which are accompanied by a great sense of fun and team spirit
    ·   Employee-led diversity and inclusion networks that build community and provide education and advocacy
    ·   Annual charity and fundraising initiatives and volunteer days for employees to support local communities
    ·   Global employee sustainability initiatives to reduce our environmental footprint
    ·   Global fitness and trivia competitions to keep our bodies and minds sharp
    ·   Global wellbeing days for employees to relax and recharge 
    ·   Monthly wellbeing webinars and training to support employee health and wellbeing

    Our Commitment To You
    We’re proud of the diverse and inclusive environment we have at Sophos, and we’re committed to ensuring equality of opportunity.   We believe that diversity, combined with excellence, builds a better Sophos, so we encourage applicants who can contribute to the diversity of our team.  All applicants will be treated in a fair and equal manner and in accordance with the law regardless of gender, sex, gender reassignment, marital status, race, religion or belief, color, age, military veteran status, disability, pregnancy, maternity or sexual orientation.  We want to give you every opportunity to show us your best self, so if there are any adjustments we could make to the recruitment and selection process to support you, please let us know. 

    Data Protection
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