Deputy General Counsel, Commercial Contracts

Legal Centreville, Virginia


Deputy General Counsel, Commercial Contracts

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The Deputy General Counsel, Commercial Contracts is responsible for supporting a rapidly growing business by partnering with and advising business teams on a variety of commercial contracts and legal issues.  The position represents an excellent opportunity to make substantial contributions to a dynamic and thriving business.  The successful candidate will be a seasoned commercial contracts and licensing attorney and a creative problem solver, applying sound business and legal judgment to a wide variety of commercial contracts and relationships.  The position reports to the General Counsel.

Local candidates only.  This position is based in Centreville, VA, and will require 3 – 5 days in the Centreville, VA office.

As Deputy General Counsel, Commercial Contracts, you will:

  • Draft and negotiate a wide variety of commercial contracts, with a particular emphasis on licensing and strategic relationships
  • Create and maintain a contract management strategy
  • Lead, motivate, develop and mentor a current team of two commercial contract lawyers
  • Advise business leaders with respect to legal issues and risk management concerning the development and implementation of business strategy
  • Manage company’s intellectual property portfolio and provide advice on advertising and marketing messaging and strategy
  • Special projects on an as-needed basis

To be considered for this role, you will need:

  • At least ten years’ experience, including both law firm and in house experience, with significant and progressive responsibility advising clients in a complex, dynamic, fast moving and competitive industry
  • Experience establishing and maximizing strategic commercial relationships across multiple business units
  • Experience weighing business needs with legal and commercial risks to more effectively advise business leaders with respect to risk management
  • Must have a practical and creative problem-solving approach
  • Must be an assertive and effective negotiator with the ability to persuade and inspire action with a focus on both short term and long term implications
  • Must be able to demonstrate a high level of intelligence, independent reasoning, excellent analytical skills and judgment and a strong business acumen
  • Must be intellectually curious with a balance of EQ and IQ that drives understanding every aspect of the business and industry
  • Must have experience juggling multiple clients with competing demands
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, negotiation and presentation skills with the ability to effectively interact with numerous business teams
  • Meticulous attention to detail and superior organizational skills
  • CIPP/US preferred
  • Candidates must currently be licensed to practice law in Virginia or currently eligible to be admitted under a Virginia Corporate Counsel Certificate

What’s in it for you:

  • Competitive compensation, benefits and generous time-off policies
  • 4-Day summer work weeks and a winter holiday break
  • 401(k) / DCPP matching
  • Annual bonus program
  • Casual, dog-friendly, and innovative office spaces

Don’t just take our word for it:

  • 10X Virginia Business Best Places to Work
  • 9X Washingtonian Great Places to Work
  • 9X Washington Post Top Workplace
  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch Best Places to Work


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CARFAX is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of CARFAX to provide equal employment opportunity to all persons regardless of race, color, sex, pregnancy, religion, national origin, age, ancestry, citizenship status, veteran status, military status, disability or handicap, sexual orientation, genetic information or any other status protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, CARFAX will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. We maintain a drug-free workplace. We are a participant in E-Verify.