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VP Legal, Global Contracts

 

VP Legal, Global Contracts

  • JR-130588
  • Redwood City
  • Tampa
  • Frisco
  • Executive Management
  • Full time
VP Legal, Global Contracts

About Equinix

Equinix is the world’s digital infrastructure company, operating over 240 data centers across the globe and providing interconnections to all the key clouds and networks. Businesses need one place to simplify and bring together fragmented, complex infrastructure that spans private and public cloud environments. Our global platform allows customers to place infrastructure wherever they need it and connect it to everything they need to succeed.  

We are a fast-growing global company with 78 consecutive quarters of growth. Through our innovative portfolio of high-performance products and services, we have created the largest, most active global ecosystem of over 10,000 companies, including 2,000+ networks and 3,000 cloud and IT service providers in over 30 countries spanning six continents – and counting!   

A leadership role at Equinix means you will drive and collaborate on work that impacts the world. We embrace diversity in thought and contribution and are committed to providing an equitable work environment that is foundational to our core values as a company and is vital to our success.   

About Our Legal Team 

We are a world-class team of legal professionals dedicated to protecting Equinix’s interests and delivering service excellence to our internal clients and customers. Our business partners rely on our leading practices and consistent, proactive, and flexible nature.  

Equinix’s dynamic growth trajectory keeps us focused, flexible, and constantly learning. Our trusted relationships and solution-driven approach gets us invited into strategic conversations early and often, leading to engaging and rewarding work directly in support of Equinix’s overall business objectives. 

Our global legal department spans four continents, but we are One Legal - a united team collaborating together across borders in support of a shared purpose.  We work hard but take time to celebrate our accomplishments and enjoy the highly valued collegial “team-first” culture we have created.  

About the Role  

Reporting to the EVP, Global General Counsel, the newly created VP, Legal, Global Contracts will oversee a 70-person legal team responsible for all commercially based deal negotiations for global sales and specialized sales motions, as well as supplier contracting. The ideal candidate will have experience leading global legal teams and have the confidence to earn trust from internal clients to represent them when leading complex, strategic deals. This role will be responsible for overseeing a variety of critical legal services that have significant impact to the business and requires an innovative mindset to leveraging technology to better scale the organization. This role will be a trusted legal advisor to our most senior executives, but must also possess the ability to understand processes and operational needs of the department.   As this role develops it will be responsible for creating synergy between different contracting functions and creating an environment of best practice sharing.      

Areas of Accountability 

Functional Leadership 

  • Lead the vision and strategy for growing, operationalizing, and managing the Commercial Contracts and Vendor Contracts practice areas.  

  • Drive the development of strategic plans that realize the group’s long-term vision of organizational success and targets long-term sub-functional goals.  

  • Proactively anticipate and respond to industry and market changes and challenges by understanding the evolving global landscape and the characteristics, issues, and factors influencing them. 

Business and Legal Outcomes 

  • Develop in-depth knowledge and understanding across all business lines, markets, products, customers, competitors and regulatory environment,  to identify trends, stay abreast of material developments, and provide decisive legal/commercial advice to the businesses on emerging opportunities and risks from a commercial perspective. 

  • Develop actionable risk assessments and policies to balance customer and Equinix needs. 

  • Partner cross-functionally to solve business challenges related to commercial contracting. 

  • Collaborate with members of the commercial contracts, supplier & products legal team and other focus teams on process and contracting improvements to create consistencies. 

Strategic Negotiation 

  • Highly visible and trusted partner to the business, ensuring the legal team is at the forefront of strategic initiatives and large-scale commercial transactions. 

  • Manage the commercial legal aspects of integrating acquired businesses into the organization. 

  • Balance risks, exercise judgment, take decisive action to execute complex and high impact customer deals. 

Leadership - People/Team/Culture  

  • Align cross-functional teams and stakeholders to streamline team engagement across regions.  

  • Shape and cultivate the company’s unique culture and values. 

  • Live Equinix values and operating norms to role model and strengthen culture. 

  • Create a collaborative, transparent, and entrepreneurial culture, in partnership with corporate leadership.   

  • Motivate employees around a shared vision and change story in line with transformation.  

  • Maintain a constant pulse on regional employees' motivations, aspirations, and expectations to translate Equinix’s global talent strategy into regional contexts. 

Qualifications 

The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate competency and experience in the following areas. 

  • 10+ years of legal experience at the executive level, with at least 5 years as a business partner in an evolving global technology organization. 

  • Experience leading an organization through an enterprise-wide transformation. 

  • Experience with contract management, mergers & acquisitions, integrations, and executing global legal programs. 

  • Experience driving closure on deals ranging from $1 to $100’s of millions of dollars in contract value. 

  • Experience operationalizing legal technology to drive scale in the team. 

  • Capable of standardizing global policies while translating for local complexities. 

  • Adept at balancing intense short-term pressures with overall long-term goals.  

  • Ability to unite teams and instill a sense of shared ownership around planning initiatives, designating priorities, and behavior change for the good of the team.  

  • Confidence to being decisive when faced with ambiguity. 

  • Focused on relationships, execution and results. 

  • Establish high standards for performance, goal setting, strategic planning, follow through, and holding people accountable for results.  

We offer a generous benefits plan, including Medical, TeleMedicine, Dental, Vision, Life and AD&D Insurance, 401K, Leave of Absence & Disability benefits, Paid Time Off + Holidays, Tuition Reimbursement, Employee Stock Purchase Program (ESPP), Pet Insurance, Legal benefits, Flexible Spending Accounts and Wellbeing benefits.

Equinix is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.

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Equinix is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.

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