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Associate Corporate Counsel - UK&I

VMware Staines-upon-Thames

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About our Legal Team:

Members of the legal team at VMware advise upon legal matters arising within a sophisticated and competitive business context. The work of the VMware legal team contributes to the success of the Company and the personal development of our legal team members. The legal team practices a collaborative, creative, results-oriented approach. The collegial and collaborative work environment leads to rewarding professional relationships for team members. Our legal team members also have the opportunity to work with and advise Company executives, who share a high-level of intellect, confidence and professionalism. Legal team members handle, prioritize and follow through on numerous projects simultaneously. This provides excellent opportunities to learn the many aspects of the business and a great opportunity to work on a wide breadth of interesting and challenging matters with other highly motivated, top-performing professionals, at a fun, dynamic and fast-paced company - VMware, Inc.

Role: Associate Corporate Counsel UK&I – World Wide Sales Legal Team

Location: VMware’s offices, Staines, U.K.

Reporting to: Director & Assistant General Counsel, Northern EMEA region

Job Summary:

As a result of VMware’s continued expansion, we have an opening for a new attorney role in the UK. We are looking for a talented, self-motivated, and proactive lawyer, who can add measurable business impact by acting as a trusted advisor to VMware’s business teams in the UK & Ireland region. The person will be based in VMware’s offices in Staines, Surrey, and report to the Assistant General Counsel & Director for VMware’s Northern EMEA region, who is also based in the Staines office. The primary job responsibility is to provide practical and innovative legal advice and counsel on a broad range of commercial and compliance matters to internal business clients. As a member of the wider EMEA Legal team, this person will also have the opportunity to be involved in legal department projects and longer-term department strategies for the EMEA region.


  • Provide support to internal Deal Management Teams to draft, review and negotiate a broad range of complex commercial agreements with our customers, including software license, cloud computing, and professional services contracts, as well as agreements with VMware’s strategic partners in the region.
  • Acting as a trusted advisor to the UK&I business teams and provide ongoing counsel while bringing ideas that help to define broader business strategy and direction.
  • Collaborate and partner effectively with internal business clients to advise on a wide range of legal topics including applicable local legislation, and contractual rights, obligations and liabilities. Provide interpretation of terms and conditions, and make practical and pragmatic recommendations based on a risk analysis, ensuring adherence to company policies including revenue recognition.
  • Act as a fiduciary for the company. Work in collaboration with the Ethics & Compliance function to place an emphasis on and take a proactive role in fostering a culture of integrity and compliance. Identify and drive awareness of changes to the legislative landscape that may have an impact on VMware’s local operations, including developing and delivering training to in-house business clients.
  • Assist with managing corporate and company law matters in the region.
  • Define and manage the execution of case strategy in resolving local commercial disputes including litigation.
  • Take responsibility for projects initiated by both the legal department and the VMware business as appropriate.
  • Build, strengthen and assist with managing relationships with outside counsel in the region.

Job requirements:

  • A qualified Solicitor that holds a current SRA practising certificate is essential. We envisage that the candidate will have a minimum of 5 years PQE and will have the relevant skills / knowledge for this position, however this is an approximate guide and we will consider the applications of candidates who fall outside of this PQE range but who have the relevant experience. An in-depth understanding of relevant legislation and its application to VMware’s business is also essential.
  • Demonstrable experience in commercial law, experience in reviewing, drafting, managing and negotiating a wide variety of international commercial contracts in the IT sector (in English), with an emphasis on software licensing and professional services agreements. Previous in-house legal experience is preferred.
  • Negotiator with strong influencing skills who focuses on client satisfaction and can plan, manage and conduct negotiations on a non-confrontational win-win basis.
  • Problem solver with ability to quickly and concisely analyse legal issues and help to develop innovative solutions that achieve a successful commercial outcome whilst protecting the company from risk.
  • Strong business acumen and a familiarity with GAAP rules and revenue recognition issues.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability and desire to collaborate in a high energy and innovative legal team.
  • Self-starter with ability to work independently and juggle multiple priorities, in a fast-paced high-growth environment. Ability to focus and drive projects from the start through to conclusion.
  • Highest degree of personal and professional integrity and ethics.
  • Previous in-house experience with a US software or IT company preferred.
  • Fluency in English is essential. Other European language capabilities are desirable.

Before you join, VMware will require you to go through a pre-employment screening process. This means that we will want to verify your details and the information you have given us to ensure your suitability for a certain role considering its nature, seniority and other relevant factors.

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