(Senior) Legal Counsel - Commercial IT/IP (m/f/d)


Cologne, DE Leipzig, DE Hamburg, DE Bremen, DE Olpe, DE Cologne, DE Berlin, DE Nuremberg, DE


Our Mission:

Are you a motivated person, open to working in an international multi-cultural environment, who really wants to make a difference in the open-source world? Are you looking for a role where you can really make an impact?
At Open-Xchange, we decided to leave dead-end jobs where you don't make an impact and offer passionate professionals the opportunity to be part of an international team that connects the world and millions of people by developing and delivering open-source technologies.  
We believe it’s crucial to work in an environment where people feel valued, are energized by their work and deliver added value – not only to colleagues, but also to everyone using our products.


So this is what you get at Open-Xchange:

  • You’ll learn from experts and increase proficiency by sharing your knowledge and profiting from theirs.

  • You’ll work with colleagues from all over the world, so connecting people is not only our vision, it’s the way we work.

Does that sound like the working environment for you? If so, please get in touch and we can start the discussion. Many experts feel trapped in their job and don’t think they can make a difference; however, that’s simply not true – everyone can make a difference. Join us in our mission for an open internet and deliver added value!


Team info:

You will be part of our Legal team based out of Hamburg, Germany - but feel free to live and work wherever you want. Your direct colleagues are young and energetic in-house lawyers who are well connected to and highly valued by the operational, administrative, technical and commercial functions in the company group. The team enjoys being in touch personally, but we are well used to also facilitate that remotely in case you live elsewhere. You will be part of an agile, growing and creative organization and support it managing its legal risk profile by advising internal product development processes and business teams and by agreeing on amicable contracts with customers, partners and suppliers.


Your new job:

  • Draft, review, adapt, and negotiate commercial agreements with customers, prospects, suppliers in close cooperation with our Sales organization. 
  • Help the organization, its products and business models evolve by providing proactive guidance on legal and regulatory requirements and dependencies. Keep up awareness for requirements from the Open Source Software environment.
  • Monitor changes of relevant laws and provide pragmatic advice on implementation options. 
  • Maintain and optimize the company’s general terms and conditions to represent a merchantable risk profile and to remain in line with the operational processes. Standardize and automate the contracting process for low-complexity deals.
  • Maintain internal and contractual compliance with regards to data protection and privacy laws.
  • Accompany product development from a regulatory point of view. Explore and suggest new or modified business models in line with regulatory adaptations.
  • Provide advice and guidance on general commercial and economic law.


Your background:

  • You are a fully qualified lawyer under German law holding both state exams, proficient in commercial contract law.
  • You are experienced in drafting and negotiating commercial agreements in the IT/IP landscape (license agreements, SLAs, XaaS agreements).
  • You are used to working with contractual documents under foreign jurisdictions.
  • You have strong negotiation skills and a track record in playing an active role to negotiate high-volume contracts for complex products.
  • You are conversant in data protection and privacy regulation and are used to independently manage GDPR compliance requirements.
  • You effectively and proactively communicate in English and German, verbally and in writing, across all seniorities and functions. 
  • You are well organized, comfortable in complex environments, and open to work in a globally distributed organization.
  • You are conversant in software and technology related business models, trends and know the respective contractual terms.


This is what you get at Open-Xchange:

  • The possibility to work full or part time wherever you want in accordance with your needs.
  • Flexible working hours that allow you to successfully combine your home and family responsibilities with work. 
  • Stay up to date with latest tech, by working on modern cloud software in an international team.
  • Sharing thoughts is part of our DNA so expect Workshops and Team Events.
  • We provide financial relief through digital meal vouchers.
  • Look after your fitness – use your company bike scheme, join our company sports or use a range of gyms and other sport facilities, including swimming pools, boxing, yoga etc.
  • We care for your future and invest in you with our company pension scheme.


Join the team:

Join us in our fight for an open internet and deliver added value! All you need to do is get in touch, so click the ‘apply now’ button, fill the form and be in contact. 


Your contact person:

Reach out to Justin (recruiting@open-xchange.com) from the People Team. He will be able to discuss current opportunities and tell you more about our exciting vision and mission @OX.