As Corporate Counsel for Technology, the successful candidate in this role will provide legal counsel, support, and representation to the Company in technology-related legal areas. This role operates within a small team of three lawyers and a paralegal, supporting the Company’s global technology function, including information security. The team is organized within the company’s business reputation and responsibility function in the Americas region. Coordination with procurement, finance, and privacy functions is regularly required. The role is primarily transactional, with heavy emphasis on complex transactions with vendors to deploy state-of-the-art technology services at IHG-branded hotels globally.
Draft, negotiate, and review/modify legal documents to meet Company standards/objectives. Develop legal solutions and alternatives to execute the Company’s plans.
Counsel management on the legal aspects of business issues in a manner that protects the Company’s best interests and actively guide management in evaluating legal impact and risks and explore alternative solutions that will minimize legal risk, optimize the Company’s returns, and integrate the various individual department needs to maximize the Company’s overall benefit.
Manage outside counsel and other external resources as appropriate to ensure the Company is represented in a cost efficient and effective manner. Develop strategic direction and alternatives on legal matters. Provide status reports on pending legal matters, advice in course of action for department/division legal issues.
Direct and oversee internal and external team members to ensure performance is measured and communicated, administrative matters are completed timely, internal and external budgets are developed, monitored and met, and profit and loss statements and other tracking tools are reviewed and used to measure performance on an ongoing basis.
Develop and maintain a good working relationship in all client areas. Represent management in dealings with external parties in a manner that balances business goals while providing appropriate legal protection and alternative solutions to achieve company objectives.
Coordinate and work with other areas of Legal Department on related matters to ensure efficient resolution of issues.
Train and educate employees on germane legal matters as preventive legal measures.
Keep current on legal developments in all substantive technology-related areas; and identify, review, understand and, as appropriate, modify internal contract templates, processes, systems and documents relevant to client areas.
Education: Bachelor's Degree and a Juris Doctor Degree. Member of the Georgia State Bar in good standing (or a member of another state’s bar with the ability to become a member of the Georgia Bar).
Experience: 4-10 years of experience in the practice of law, with first-hand experience in diverse technology-related transactions and other projects. Exposure to both law firm practice and the in-house legal role. Experience in cyber security, international, and/or payment systems matters is a plus. Demonstrated proficiency in multiple disciplines/technologies/processes related to the position.
Demonstrated capacity for developing long-term legal strategies and managing complex legal matters, particularly in the technology area.
Demonstrated ability in drafting and negotiating a variety of legal contracts and documents, including technology-related software, hardware, systems, SaaS, and similar agreements.
Demonstrated analytical, research, and presentation skills, with ability to speak persuasively and extemporaneously with senior level executives.
Demonstrated proficiency in developing and communicating legal strategies and tactics to clients explaining relevant risks and rewards.
Demonstrated project management experience in organizing, planning and executing large-scale projects from conception through implementation.
Demonstrated effective verbal and written communication skills for the purpose of providing information to clients, vendors, colleagues, senior management, and staff.
Demonstrated ability to function effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary legal team.
Telecommuting is allowed.
Additional Salary Information: Annual bonus
Internal Number: R183616
About InterContinental Hotels Group
One global hotel company. A range of leading brands. 350,000 people, 5900 hotels in nearly 100 countries. Our award-winning brands are what make us one of the world’s leading hotel companies. Our portfolio of brands is as diverse as the people that bring them to life for our guests. We know that it is their distinct passions and personalities that make True Hospitality real for our guests and each other. Our high-performance culture is driven by creating an engaging and inclusive environment where different perspectives and ideas are welcomed. We have 15 brands including InterContinental, Kimpton, Indigo, Holiday Inn and more. Try them all out through discounted hotel room rates for you and your friends & family around the world! We want you to feel you’re part of something special where you can learn and achieve. When you join us, we want you to be that spark that makes us even better. So we give you room to be yourself – allowing your ideas to flourish - and room to have a great start, get involved and grow.