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Senior Legal Counsel


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About the Team

The Emerging Products GTM Legal team provides transactional counsel and support for sales teams in connection with Workday’s recently acquired affiliates. We liaise with the broader Workday legal and compliance team and other cross-functional teams to help drive alignment and implement integration strategy for the acquired products into Workday. We work closely with GTM leadership to create contract templates and negotiation playbooks as well as enhance contract processes and operations in support of a high volume of technology transactions.

About the Role

Workday is a fast growing Software as a Service (SaaS) company headquartered in the Bay area. We are looking for an outstanding lawyer with 10+ years of legal experience to join our expanding Go-To-Market legal team.

The Senior Corporate Counsel, Go To Market, will serve as Workday’s new transactional counsel to support go-to-market sales for Workday’s newly acquired affiliate VNDLY and liaise with the broader Workday legal team as we work aggressively to integrate VNDLY into Workday. We need a strong SaaS transactional counsel, with excellent business judgment and strong interpersonal skills, keen understanding of data privacy and security issues, and creative problem-solving capabilities to close deals and refine the legal terms and go-to-market approach.

This legal counsel will assist in defining scalable contract approaches and playbooks and train our sales teams to support the innovative and growing vendor management platform. They will also work closely with Workday corporate headquarters and cross-functional teams (sales, services, product, marketing) to help drive alignment and implement integration strategy for sales.

About You

Basic Qualifications

  • JD from a recognized U.S. law school and licensed to practice in California, or eligible for in-house registration
  • 10+ years’ experience with a leading software or technology company
  • CIPP/E Certification and/or deep understanding of complex global data privacy laws and principles

Other Qualifications

  • Strong understanding of compliance and regulatory requirements in highly regulated industries such as financial services and healthcare
  • Excellent contract negotiation and drafting skills, comfortable and adept at teaming with sales leadership in fast moving customer facing transactions
  • Attention to detail, willingness to roll up their sleeves to get into the details and drive creative solutions but ability to think on the fly and drive efficient deal process and fast decision making
  • Superior business judgment and the ability to address complex opportunities and issues in creative and effective ways
  • Ability to see around corners to identify opportunities and issues in our software space and participate fully with the business teams charting our future sales directions
  • Specific experience in a SaaS, cloud computing, enterprise software or social network environment
  • Significant experience counseling global organizations on commercial and compliance issues
  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills and the ability to create and sustain lasting relationships with customers and management
  • Team player with a sense of humor


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