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Autodesk is seeking an experienced product counsel to provide day-to-day legal support to key product groups developing modern cloud services and robust professional tools for the AEC industry. You will partner with the business and technology teams to ensure product readiness, create scalable compliance strategies, and meet customer needs. You must be a results-driven self-starter possessing exemplary leadership, communication, collaboration, and influencing skills. You must have a proven track record of succeeding in dynamic environments with a practical, business-oriented approach to an evolving legal landscape.

Duties and Responsibilities

Serve as the primary point of contact on all legal issues for several key product teams within the Autodesk AEC Design Solutions group

Partner with associated business functions on all aspects of the business, including marketing, corporate development, and business models

Participate as a proactive business partner to leaders within the organization and build a trusted advisor relationship; engage with product team members at all levels, including executives, product management, software engineers, researchers, data scientists/data analysts, and marketing

Understand the strategic initiatives, product roadmap and release cycles of product features and functions

Draft, review and negotiate a variety of inbound contracts including software development agreements, software license agreements, open source software licenses, evaluation agreements, and other vendor agreements

Support product readiness and release by identifying and driving resolution of issues related to intellectual property matters, privacy, data security, machine learning/AI, marketing, competition, and other legal and regulatory issues

Collaborate with and support legal colleagues responsible for negotiating outbound agreements for products

Assist in the review of marketing materials and public announcements

Contribute to developing, improving and implementing contract policy, process, and templates

Advise on adherence to Autodesk corporate policies. Develop and present relevant training materials. Communicate new laws or policies as required

Support M&A activities for specified product areas, including due diligence reviews, advising on transaction structure, execution, and integration matters, with a focus on intellectual property and go-to-market issues. Assist with drafting and negotiation of transaction documents as appropriate

Qualifications and Prior Experience

Minimum Qualifications

JD degree from ABA accredited university and member in good standing of the California Bar

Minimum of 5 years’ experience providing legal support to software and cloud service businesses at both a well-regarded law firm and corporate legal department; prior in-house experience with a software or cloud service company highly desirable

Superior business acumen; ability to use business context to generate creative, pragmatic legal solutions to achieve business objectives while mitigating risks

Exceptional written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills; capable of gaining the respect of and interacting comfortably with senior leaders

Technology savvy and ability to learn Autodesk’s products and services, technologies and business

Expertise in intellectual property, technology transactions, and commercial law matters in the context of a software business; experience in privacy, data security or competition law is a plus

Excellent negotiation and drafting skills, with a focus on complex technology transactions

Strong work ethic, self-starter, accountable, responsive and ability to work well under pressure

Ability to handle ambiguity, juggle many matters at once and quickly shift from one situation or task to another

Collaborative team player who thrives on finding solutions in a dynamic work environment

The Ideal Candidate

You’re an effective communicator and an influential leader

You don’t get lost in the detail; you are able to tell the story behind complex laws and regulations with relevant and insightful conclusions in a clear, concise manner. You know your audience and tailor your message accordingly

You’re a strategic problem solver with strong business acumen

You keep in mind the big picture and high level business goals while adeptly identifying risks and pitfalls. You can predict and plan for the future legal and business environment, positioning the business to nimbly execute on strategic priorities in compliance with legal and regulatory requirements

You have deep software or engineering expertise. You have substantial experience with software businesses and the proven ability to help the business navigate the myriad applicable laws and regulations in a practical, flexible, business-enabling way

You have strong, practical legal and analytical skills. You’re a star at analyzing information and legal requirements to inform the best business decisions

You work well with others. You know the nuances of when to let others speak, and when and how to insert yourself in the conversation — without ego, and always remaining focused on identifying and solving the business problems at hand

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