Counsel, Japan

Slack is looking for an exceptionally talented and pleasant attorney to join our commercial legal team. This position will be responsible for various legal-related matters involved in selling our products, partnering with others to make Slack better and used by more teams, and ensuring our own people have the best information and tools when doing their jobs. You’ll work closely with our Sales, Marketing, Business Operations, Go-To-Market and People teams, on legal negotiations and giving advice at all levels of the organization. This is a special opportunity for the right candidate. 


We’re just getting started! And we’re nice. Slack has a positive, diverse, and supportive culture—we look for people who are curious, inventive, and work to be a little better every single day. In our work together we aim to be smart, humble, hardworking and, above all, collaborative. If this sounds like a good fit for you, why not say hello?


What you’ll be doing:

  • Working as part of the legal team, draft, review and negotiate a variety of commercial agreements primarily to support customer sales, and also our purchase of software and services from vendors, and growth-driven partnerships with both startups and public companies. Your primary focus will be on SaaS subscription agreements, software licenses, data processing agreements, and NDAs. Use your experience gained from supporting commercial transactions to help define business terms and structure deals in the most optimal way. 
  • You’ll provide input on processes and policies to help drive our growth and capture new learnings. Then, iterate again. 
  • You’ll help design and implement legal processes and policies to help drive our growth and capture new learnings. Then, iterate again. 
  • Assist and advise Slack on our go-to-market efforts, including localization of agreements and business practices and corporate formation. 
  • As and if required, help manage our Japanese entity (and others as required) and related corporate requirements.
  • Provide assistance with administrative tasks as well as translating documents, reviewing translations and otherwise as requested. 
  • Provide practical, decisive guidance to Sales, Marketing, Business Operations, Business Development, and People teams that balances business objectives and legal risk, taking into company policies and positions. 
  • Stay up-to-date on relevant industry, commercial, open source, IP, privacy, employment, and other laws, regulations, and developments to be able to give the most effective advice. 


What you should have:

  • 2+ years of experience working on different kinds of domestic and cross-border commercial transactions (e.g., strategic alliance, SaaS, IP licensing, software licensing, product resale and distribution, use of APIs and SDKs, working with contractors, outsourcing, facilities, etc.) matched with deep experience on the types of transactions you’ll see most often (see above). 
  • Ability to draft documents, policies, emails and anything else in a very precise manner, while still being concise and digestible for non-lawyers. It’s a cliché, but attention to detail really is a must. 
  • Strong proficiency and understanding of the changing legal privacy landscape. 
  • Tax, HR and corporate counseling experience a plus. 
  • Happy to take on some administrative tasks as required and requested. 
  • A confident, effective and positive negotiator who can lead the process, focus on important issues, and efficiently bring deals to a favorable close. 
  • Flexibility to adapt and thrive in an environment that is constantly expanding and changing as we grow our business, learn more about our customers, and figure out what works best and what doesn’t. 
  • High integrity and excellent judgment, supported by a point of view that is thought out and communicated well. 
  • Entrepreneurial mindset that enables you to successfully work independently with little guidance, but also to use good judgment and escalate issues when needed. 
  • Substantial understanding of intellectual property, licensing, privacy, data security and commercial laws. Ability to develop a nuanced understanding of Slack and our industry, with an eye towards aligning decisions with the bigger picture goals. 
  • Qualified lawyer in Japan in good standing and admitted to practice in a qualified jurisdiction. 
  • Eager to chip in wherever and whenever help is needed. Good at building authentic relationships with all kinds of people across many functional teams. Oh, and you should like being a lawyer!
  • Written and spoken fluency in both Japanese and English


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