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Title:  Corporate Counsel


Waterloo, ON, CA, N2V 1C6

About Descartes: 

Corporate Counsel 

The Descartes Systems Group Inc. is an established and rapidly growing software company in the Kitchener-Waterloo tech community seeking to add a Corporate Counsel to its legal team at its corporate head office in Waterloo. This role will provide broad exposure to a variety of matters related to the management and operations of an international publicly traded technology company.


Your responsibilities will include:

  • drafting and negotiating a wide variety of commercial agreements including customer and channel contracts;
  • developing and revising agreement templates for new product offerings;
  • implementing and ensuring compliance with standard contracting processes and contract requirements;
  • monitoring legislative and regulatory changes in numerous jurisdictions and evaluating their impact on Descartes’ business operations; and
  • Reviewing and negotiating inbound procurement contracts;


Key Skills and Experience

  • Experience working with a technology company on the customer facing side of its business, including experience drafting, negotiating and advising on a variety of commercial transactions such as software licensing, SaaS agreements, hosting arrangements, service level agreements and professional services engagements.
  • Knowledge of one or more of the following industries:  software, SaaS, e-commerce, telecommunications networking and IT outsourcing.
  • In-depth knowledge of commercial law in a variety of areas relevant to technology transactions with an emphasis on intellectual property and global privacy law.
  • Ability to assess issues from non-legal perspectives when providing support to product managers and other business units.
  • Sound judgment and a level of commercial sophistication gained from being on the front-lines of drafting and negotiating numerous types of technology transactions. 
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team and a comfort level with balancing competing priorities.
  • Strong work ethic and ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects at the same time, effectively adapt to changes in those priorities, handle competing demands, meet deadlines.
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.



  • Membership in good standing in the Law Society of Upper Canada with a minimum of 5 years experience, including at least 2 years “in-house”, preferably in the software industry.
  • Ability to adopt a flexible work schedule from time to time to accommodate international time zones and/or peak work periods.
  • Willingness to travel occasionally.




Waterloo, Ontario




We offer a flexible and casual work environment, as well as mentorship and on-the-job training to support your personal growth. You will have an opportunity to contribute new ideas and we welcome your fresh perspective.


Descartes is committed to equity and diversity. We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications from qualified individuals regardless of race, colour, ancestry, age, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, citizenship, ethnic origin, family or marital status. If you require accommodation at any time during the hiring process or would like a copy of this job posting in an accessible format, please contact Human Resources at or 1-800-419-8495.


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