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Associate General Counsel, Commercial

$225,000- $275,000/ year
Posted May 28
Full Time
At Ouster, we build sensors and tools for engineers, roboticists, and researchers, so they can make the world safer and more efficient. We've transformed LIDAR from an analog device with thousands of components to an elegant digital device powered by one chip-scale laser array and one CMOS sensor. The result is a full range of high-resolution LIDAR sensors that deliver superior imaging at a dramatically lower price. Our advanced sensor hardware and vision algorithms are used in autonomous cars, drones and many other applications. If you’re motivated by solving big problems, we’re hiring key roles across the company and need your help!
We are looking for a full-time Associate General Counsel, Commercial. As Associate General Counsel, you will help to accelerate Ouster’s growth by serving as the primary legal contact for all global commercial matters. You will work closely with our commercial and product teams, playing an integral role in developing and scaling the commercial framework for Ouster’s ever-growing portfolio of innovative products – including its digital lidar sensors and its perception software solutions. 
This position reports directly to Ouster’s General Counsel located in California.


  • Review, draft, and negotiate a wide variety of commercial agreements and amendments, including strategic customer agreements, reseller agreements, integrator agreements, licensing agreements, and procurement agreements.
  • Work with teams across commercial, finance, engineering, and supply chain to ensure commercial terms align with company objectives and priorities.
  • Help ensure ongoing compliance with contractual commitments and provide practical, solutions-oriented advice to help client teams navigate issues that may arise.
  • Create or update contract templates as our business evolves and grows.
  • Collaborate with Ouster’s contracts administrator to develop and implement scalable strategies and processes to streamline commercial legal workflows and enhance overall efficiency (e.g., improve deal review and automate approval processes).
  • Stay apprised of the ever-changing laws affecting Ouster’s business and ensure that contractual terms comply with state and federal law.
  • Provide training and develop resources in support of our sales team.
  • Work closely on new products that require creative legal guidance and balance risk versus reward.
Additionally, as a member of a small legal team, you will also have ample opportunity (and be expected to) work on matters outside of your core responsibilities.


  • Juris Doctor, Master’s in Law, or equivalent.
  • Qualified to practice law in the jurisdiction in which you are located.
  • 9+ years of technology transactions, licensing, commercial agreements, or other relevant transactional experience.
  • Proven ability to draft and negotiate complex global commercial contracts, advise executive management, and facilitate teamwork by encouraging relationships, counseling, collaborating, and effectively communicating with teammates and cross-functional partners.
  • Verbal and written fluency in English.
  • Experience operating independently and globally.
  • Working knowledge of Google Suite, Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe, and Zoom. 


  • 3+ years of in-house experience at hardware or hardware-based solutions companies.
  • Previous experience with emerging technologies subject to rapid developments and no precedence.
  • Previous experience with government and/or automotive counterparties. 
  • Business and Legal fluency in languages other than English, preferably German or French.
$225,000 - $275,000 a year
The base pay will be dependent on your skills, work experience, location, and qualifications. This role may also be eligible for equity & benefits.
We acknowledge the confidence gap at Ouster. You do not need to meet all of these
requirements to be the ideal candidate for this role.
At Ouster we offer a range of competitive benefits, as we believe in taking care of our employees in all aspects of their lives. Our newly renovated office, located in the Mission District of San Francisco, is a dog-friendly workplace with a kitchen stocked with snacks, fresh fruit and drinks, and a complimentary dinner catered nightly. Additional perks include 15 vacation days/10 paid holidays annually; paid parental leave; pre-tax commuter or health care/dependent care accounts; 401K match up to 4%; medical, vision and dental plans with premiums covered at 100% for the employee and 75% for dependents (Cigna or Kaiser); life insurance; and short term disability and long term disability. Ouster offers the best benefit options available because we consider the well-being of our employees a top priority.
Ouster is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer that pursues and hires a diverse workforce. Ouster does not make employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, nationality, sex, gender, gender-identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, military status, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal laws. Ouster also strives for a healthy and safe workplace, and prohibits harassment of any kind. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, Ouster considers qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records for employment. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.