Senior Legal Counsel, Products & Cloud (Remote or HQ)
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Position Type:  Corporation
Practice Area:  Corporate, Intellectual Property
Practice Specialty:  Compliance, Information Technology, Intellectual Property, Licensing, Privacy, Product Development, Software Licensing, Technology, Technology Licensing, Technology Transactions
Location:  Pennsylvania
Job Code:  212209
Job Description:
ANSYS, Inc. (, a publicly-traded global leader in engineering simulation, has retained Carpenter Legal Search, Inc. (“CLS”) to identify a Senior Legal Counsel (Products & Cloud).

Overview: As an important member of the Legal and Intellectual Property (IP) team at Ansys, the candidate will be a seasoned attorney working with business units, IT, and professional service and sales organizations to support all aspects of cloud services, IT, and product development. The product attorney will work closely with the privacy, IP, trade compliance and other members of the Legal and IP department to provide integrated support, including negotiation of cloud services, IT and other agreements, coordination of integrated legal review of new products and product features, including for compliance with data protection, export control, localization, open source and other third-party licensing terms and other applicable requirements. The role functions as the focal point of contact within the Legal and IP department for SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, and eCommerce activities, including support for the development of a developer ecosystem enabling a seamless user experience for cloud products and services, and for issues related to product liability risk management in product development generally. This is a newly created position reporting to the Associate General Counsel, IP & Technology.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Negotiate cloud and IT services agreements to support the Ansys cloud and other businesses
  • Support product managers and developers by providing integrated legal review of new product and product features, including for compliance with regulatory and third party licensing requirements
  • Act as a primary point of contact within the Legal and IP department for SaaS, PaaS and eCommerce activities, and support the development of a seamless user experience for cloud products and services
  • Coordinate with the privacy, IP, trade compliance and other members of the legal department to translate risk management requirements into the product development process
  • Assist M&A team with product related matters, including product due diligence and integration
  • Supporting SaaS product teams
  • Support business units and marketing department in building a developer community for Ansys cloud products and cultivating a vibrant developer ecosystem to enhance customer use experience of Ansys software
Required Experience and Qualifications
  • JD degree or equivalent
  • Admission to the Bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or other state
  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience as a product attorney; relevant in-house experience with a SaaS company is required
  • Experienced in embedding inside R&D teams and providing early risk management guidance and advice
  • Familiar with product-related regulatory compliance requirements such as export control, intellectual property, privacy, standards, and customized go-to-market terms
  • Experienced with compliance and regulatory requirements for cloud applications or software as a service (SaaS)
Preferred Qualifications and Skills:
  • Experience with supporting M&A product due diligence
  • Experience with software products for any of engineering, physics-based, CAD, or simulation applications
  • Have some knowledge about interactions with regulatory and standard setting bodies
  • Experience with cultivating a developer ecosystem leveraging cloud based developer community
Essential Attributes:
  • Capacity to think analytically and strategically to identify issues early on at the first line of defense and to develop long-term solutions
  • Demonstrated project management skills with the ability to take the legal lead on a project
  • Ability to facilitate mutual understanding between the business side and the legal department
  • Technically inclined and technology savvy; some level of technical background
  • Strong business acumen, organizational skills, and attention to detail/accuracy
  • Ability to effectively communicate with all levels of the organization; exceptional consultative skills
  • Ability to thrive in a high-functioning, fast-paced environment
  • Trustworthy, integrity, collegial, cooperative, authentic, transparent
Location: Ansys Headquarters in Canonsburg, PA (Greater Pittsburgh Region); working remotely from alternative locations within the continental United States will also be considered.  Ansys is proud to have a reputation for corporate social responsibility in the Pittsburgh area in which it operates, a region which habitually receives accolades for affordability, quality of living and sustainability.

Compensation/Relocation: Ansys provides relocation assistance in addition to a competitive compensation and benefits package.

Ansys is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other protected characteristics.

Due to the federally mandated COVID-19 vaccination requirement impacting federal contractors, Ansys is requiring employees in the United States to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Tuesday, January 4, 2022, regardless of work location. This will apply to all new hires as well. Employees will be able to request exemption based on sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance or due to a medical condition.
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