Associate Legal Counsel

ThoughtWorksChicago, IllinoisFull TimeRemote

Chicago , USA

Thoughtworks is a leading global technology consultancy that integrates strategy, design and software engineering to enable enterprises and technology disruptors across the globe to thrive as modern digital businesses. We help our clients bring new products to market with speed and enable business transformation through our lean techniques, agile practices, and domain expertise in business and technology. Thoughtworks recently became a NASDAQ listed public company.

As a member of the North America Legal Team, you will support our US and Canadian businesses from our Chicago offices. You will report to the managing attorney for North America client-facing legal.

This position is for a new or recent law school graduate, who assists more senior law department professionals. In this position you will build professional experience and learn the practical aspects of applied law, as well as learn the functions of Thoughtworks’ business. You will assist on commercial transactions, undertake research, review standard documents and routine contracts, and prepare routine filings.

The position may be recently admitted to the bar and typically has 0-3 years working experience.

Your main responsibilities will include:

  • Assist with reviewing and drafting legal documents and contracts (e.g., NDAs, service contracts and vendor agreements)
  • Support the business in contract and record management and tracking
  • Research and provide legal advice on legal and compliance requirements
  • General commercial and contractual risk management
  • Work closely with the Demand, Finance, People and InfoSec teams on various matters to support the business
  • Correspond with employees and other functions within the company 
  • Coordinate with colleagues from other Group companies outside of North America

Experience in the following areas is a plus:

  • Drafting, reviewing or negotiating commercial agreements for a professional services or technology firm
  • Intellectual property and software licensing, especially open source
  • Employment law issues;

The ideal candidate will have the following skills and attributes:

  • Communication. Proactive communicator. Can easily build credibility and trust across a wide range of people.
  • Self-driven and pro-active, willing to learn and open-minded
  • Possess fluency in speaking, writing and editing in English and Spanish;
  • Exhibit solid analytical and business judgment skills;
  • Have an ability to: work well with others, prioritize, manage time and deadline driven workload and work well under pressure, work independently and make sound decisions, manage complex assignments, and handle confidential matters.
  • Organised, and with excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent reading, writing and communication skills
  • Team Work. Intuitively collaborative and able to work with all kinds of people. Leads by example. Willing to step in and do what is needed as necessary. Low ego.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision after a period of onboarding and training by our senior lawyers
  • Ability to multitask and prioritise, and work in a fast paced environment
  • Service oriented. Proactive in anticipating the needs of Thoughtworkers and a commitment to delivering highly responsive service.
  • Ambiguity. Undeterred by ambiguity, uncertainty and limited resources. Able to hold many different possibilities and conflicting viewpoints in mind and devise a solution. Envisions what is possible, and then implements a solution.
  • Resilient. Personal and professional resilience. Can accept mistakes and handle conflict.
  • Sense of Urgency and Ownership. Has a strong desire to be proactive and innovative, and a commitment to owning challenging issues and solving them.


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