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Senior Commercial Legal Counsel

Posted Jun 04
Full Time
On Site
Cleveland, Ohio

The Legal Department of Applied Industrial Technologies (NYSE: AIT), an industrial distributor with a market cap exceeding $5 billion, seeks an experienced commercial transactional attorney to join its expanding team in this newly created role.  This position is located at Applied’s corporate headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio.

Essential Duties and Job Functions

Draft and negotiate a wide range of commercial contracts and other legal documents typical of a large global industrial distributor, including sales agreements, supply agreements, distribution agreements, technology licenses, SaaS agreements, consulting agreements, and various vendor services agreements.

  • Support business clients globally in negotiating price, deliverables, services and products scope, warranty, and other commercial terms.
  • Provide rapid, practical, business-oriented advice directly to clients on contract interpretation, dispute resolution, liability risks, regulatory compliance, and other legal matters.
  • Play a key role in the development and continuous improvement of policies, procedures, forms, and standard template language.
  • Work with Applied’s business development team and other departments to conduct due diligence and post-acquisition integration efforts in strategic transactions as needed.
  • Support other lawyers in the Legal Department on company transactions and other matters as needed.


  • Juris Doctorate from a nationally recognized law school.
  • Admitted to practice (preferably in Ohio).
  • At least 7 years in a law firm and/or in-house advising on, drafting, and negotiating domestic and international commercial agreements, including significant experience with transactions involving global industrial manufacturing or distribution.
  • Ability to manage and serve a wide range of business clients by recognizing and responding quickly and pragmatically to urgent situations and demanding clients.
  • Experience in regulatory compliance matters common with commercial transactions preferred, including working knowledge of international trade and/or government contracting regulations.
  • Bilingual abilities, with excellent verbal and written communication skills in Spanish, are a plus.

Applied Industrial Technologies (NYSE: AIT)  is a leading value-added distributor and technical solutions provider of industrial motion, fluid power, flow control, automation technologies, and related maintenance supplies. Our leading brands, specialized services, and comprehensive knowledge serve MRO and OEM end users in virtually all industrial markets through our multi-channel capabilities that provide choice, convenience, and expertise.

We are an equal employment opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, protected veteran status, marital status, medical condition or any other characteristic protected by law.

If you need accommodation for any part of the employment process because of a disability, please send an email to or call 216-426-4389 to let us know the nature of your request.