General Counsel

| Chicago

Sphera is a leading global provider of enterprise software and services that enables companies to manage and optimize their environmental, health, safety and sustainability. Our mission is to create a safer, more sustainable and productive world.

We are a portfolio company of Genstar Capital, a leading middle-market private equity firm focused on investments in targeted segments of the software, industrial technology, financial services and healthcare industries. We operate like a start-up tech company but have over $100 million in annual revenue, with more than 3,000 customers, and operate in 70+ countries.

We are guided by our core values of Customer Centricity, Accountability, Bias to Action, Innovation, and Collaboration. These values help us recruit the right talent to join our rapidly expanding team of nearly 950 Spherions around the globe. It is important to us that each and every Spherion is not only eager to challenge themselves and knows how to get work done but is an awesome addition to our company culture.

Position Summary:
Reports to the Chief Financial Officer, works with key business leaders, including the heads of Sales, HR, Business Development and Product Development.

Works as corporate generalist with strong emphasis in corporate compliance, global entity/subsidiary governance and general corporate issues including substantive legal areas such as contracts, real estate, intellectual property, employment, and data protection.  Supports and manages acquisition diligence and transaction execution.  Supports customer contract negotiations.

Enjoys a high pace environment working either autonomously or within teams and with business leaders.


Job Responsibilities:
The General Counsel is responsible to:
• Work with business teams around the globe as needed to negotiate agreements with customers, suppliers and other third-parties, resolve commercial disputes, advise on employment issues and handle real estate and intellectual property matters, etc.
• Provide legal advice and support in furtherance of Sphera business strategies and initiatives
• Work with Business Segment leaders on a variety of corporate legal matters and handle global entity management / subsidiary governance activities
• Obtain and oversee legal and related services from law firms and other providers and manage the costs consistent with Sphera budget objectives

• Manage Acquisition legal diligence processes, and support acquisition execution.

• Protect Sphera’s competitive and legal interests, manage risks, and foster profitable growth of the business
• Provide legal analysis and advice to enhance the business’s ability to develop and market its products and service offerings
• Develop and modify practices, policies and procedures to conform with business requirements and maintain compliance with applicable laws and regulations

 

 

Minimum Qualifications:

The General Counsel must possess the following:

 

  • JD degree from accredited USA law school and current state bar membership in good standing

  • Experience in Software and Technology Companies 

  • Experience in legal practice areas such as Intellectual Property, Software licensing, GDPR Compliance, employment and labor, real estate, etc.

  • Experience in M&A.

  • Mix of law firm and in-house experience

  • International experience

  • Experience in client facing direct contract negotiations. Drafting and reviewing complex commercial agreements; Leading contract negotiations with sophisticated counter-parties

  • Advanced communication skills and ability to understand, interpret and convey business, technical, legal and financial information to others

  • Experience driving continuous improvement in processes and performance; results and detail-oriented

  • Well-developed skills in the use of technology including the entire Microsoft suite of offerings including Outlook, Word and Excel

 

Sphera is an equal opportunity employer.  We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status and other legally protected characteristics.

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Location

We are located right off of the Randolph/Wabash L stop in the Prudential Plaza with fantastic views of the Lake Michigan & Millennium Park.

An Insider's view of Sphera

What’s the vibe like in the office?

One of my favorite parts of working at Sphera is the relaxed, friendly environment. The people here are just good people. Colleagues, including executives, are friendly and approachable. There’s no drama or cliques and everyone is easy to chit chat with. If you’re a nice person and you like to end everyday knowing you’ve done a good job, you’ll fit

Ellen

Social Marketing Specialist

What does your typical day look like?

Each day I respond to design questions, consult on small self-contained design tasks with small deliverables, collaborate with other teams to ensure internal UX consistency, and make large strides on the main deliverables that will bring Sphera to the forefront of UX excellence in the EHS sector.

Edward

UX Designer

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

We’re in the early stages of building out new office space in Chicago. Part of our design includes an Innovation Lab. We want to make some of the latest technologies available to our engineers, as well as some dedicated time, so they can develop prototype solutions that enable our clients in ways that no one is thinking of yet.

Perry

Chief Technology Officer

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

Our Team tries to collaborate by aligning on goals and share with the other dev teams to initiate the support from collaborators. We regularly share the summary of our work to create a place where others can easily find this information.

Babitha

Quality Analyst

What are Sphera Perks + Benefits

Sphera Benefits Overview

Sphera colleagues enjoy expansive company benefits that include Medical, Dental, Vision, 401k with a match, Paid Time Off, and much more.

Chicago-based employees enjoy a number of building amenities including free gym membership in the building, shuttle service to and from Union/Ogilvie stations, and plenty of restaurants and bars to chose from. Oh, and amazing views of Lake Michigan, Millennium and Grant Park(s)!

Culture
Volunteer in local community
We have three Sphera community days - Sustainability, Quality & Safety where we go out into our local communities and volunteer for a cause that is aligned with our mission.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Our FSA provides the ability for colleagues to contribute up to $2,650 annually to pay for out-of-pocket medical, prescription drug, dental, and vision care expenses.
Disability Insurance
Short-Term and Long-Term disability benefits include 60% coverage with applicable premiums and maximum payouts.
Dental Benefits
Dental coverage includes 100% coverage of the cost of preventative services including oral exams, cleanings, and x-rays with nominal monthly premiums.
Vision Benefits
Vision Benefits include comprehensive coverage for exams, lenses, frames, and contacts.
Health Insurance Benefits
Medical insurance for Sphera employees is provided through Cigna and features multiple plan options depending on individual/family coverage preferences.
Life Insurance
We offer company-paid life insurance with a payout of 1.5x annual salary for non-commission and 2x payout for commission employees. There is supplementary life insurance available as well.
Pet Insurance
Our Pet Insurance plan covers illness or injury as long as they are not pre-existing conditions. There is a nominal monthly cost to the employee.
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
We have an onsite gym in our Chicago location with membership at no cost to our employees.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Sphera's 401(k) plan includes a number of different retirement strategy options to choose from.
401(K) Matching
Our 401k plan matches 100% up to 3% of employee contributions. In addition, we match .5% up to 6% of an employee's contribution. So if you contribute 6% your match would be 4.5%.
Performance Bonus
There is a wide variety of annual or periodic incentives above and beyond annual salary.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Family Medical Leave
We offer up to 12 weeks of family medical leave and all benefits are maintained throughout that period.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Our PTO plan includes 18 days of paid time off not including holidays.
Paid Holidays
Our annual schedule includes 9 paid holidays.
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
We dress for our day at Sphera. Most days you will find colleagues in jeans but may spruce things up a bit if customers or vendors are in town...or if you just feel like it.
Commuter Benefits
We offer discounts for train, bus, and parking!
Company Outings
We actively support our mission through our three annual Community Days where all colleagues become more educated on Sustainability, Safety, and Quality.
Stocked Kitchen
The kitchen at Sphera headquarters is stocked with coffee, soft drinks, beer, wine, snacks, filtered water, and more!
Happy Hours
Happy hours occur at the office or out on the town...it just depends.
Fitness Subsidies
There is a gym in the building and available for all employees at no cost.
Professional Development Benefits
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