Senior Commercial Lawyer

Date: Sep 19, 2022

Location: 8951 Cypress Waters BLVD., Dallas, United States

Company: BT Group

Senior Commercial Lawyer

Location: Dallas, TX


About BT

BT has a key role in British society, fostering change and leading technology innovation. From delivering the Olympics, to supporting the emergency services, to investing more into research than any other UK technology company, we take pride in everything we do - and in the people who work here.
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So, if you're interested in the power of potential, why not join us today and release yours? You can read more here about what it's like to work at BT.


About this role

You are expected to provide world class legal, commercial and contractual service to BT’s Global division, in particular to the Global Banking, Global Financial Services, BT Radianz and Trading & Command Verticals/ business units), with the ultimate aim of helping Global meet its strategic goals.  You will help Global develop market leading products and services, negotiate the contracts that facilitate the sale of these products and services in order to generate good revenue for Global.  You will also respond and appropriately deal with issues that may arise during the life of these contracts,

You will work with product development teams to ensure Global has suitable contracts with suppliers who underpin the products and services being sold by Global and standard customer-facing terms that encourage customers to buy these products and services with little or no negotiation.

You will have an expert understanding of the approach taken to balancing contractual risk with the overall reward on offer from a customer contract. In doing so, you will need to demonstrate a clear understanding of the link between the commercial drivers of a transaction and the contractual terms.

You will be a key member of a bid team for transactions that you work on, and interact directly with the customer on the work streams that you are responsible for, including negotiating directly with the customer’s legal representatives.

You will also step in to help with complicated issues that arise during the life of Global’s customer contracts, including helping with updates to reflect changes in the legal/regulatory landscape or providing input to help settle disputes before they become litigious. 


You'll have the following responsibilities

  • Act as the lead lawyer on legally complex and high value transactions with Global’s customers.
  • Give clear and pragmatic legal guidance (and formal advice where appropriate) that helps Global understand and mitigate legal risk.
  • Work with members of Global on a range of legal matters, including disputes, product launches for the likes of Digico, Threatco and Netco, new initiatives, legal interpretation and legislative changes.
  • Develop and comply with BT’s policies and strategies, including development of standard contracts for the sale of Global’s standard products and services.
  • Build and maintain relationships with senior stakeholders within your relevant Vertical/business units, advising on the impact of business decisions, identifying legal constraints and recommending solutions that minimise risk and support Global in achieving its strategy.
  • Ensure that all business activities – including customer sales, standard terms development and product launches – follow the relevant internal governance and compliance policies and process.
  • Identify regulatory, governance and compliance issues and refer them to appropriate owners and support functions. 
  • Provide clear and effective briefings, and escalate issues of concern within your reporting line and to stakeholders.
  • Act as an escalation point to help support the legal work being conducted by our legal process outsource providers.
  • Build excellent, collaborative working relationships with peers across Legal, Reg & Co Sec supporting Global and the wider BT Group.
  • Proactively lead strategic transformational projects in both Global and Legal, Reg & Co Sec.
  • Make a material and positive contribution to Legal, Reg & Co Sec strategy, goals and initiatives.
  • Ensure that business is conducted in accordance with BT’s regulatory restrictions (including the Commitments), competition law and BT policy, including The BT Way and BT’s trading policies.


You'll have the following skills & experience

  • Commercial lawyer with 5+ year’s post-qualification experience.
  • Texas or New York qualified attorney
  • Experience of working with business partners and senior stakeholders.
  • Track record of providing expert legal support and advice in a fast-paced environment.
  • Expert at managing workload, prioritising where appropriate and setting (and meeting) realistic expectations with business partners.
  • Ability to adapt quickly to, and be supportive of, change.
  • History of pro-actively taking on additional responsibilities, such as project team involvement/leadership.




BT offers a superior global and diverse culture that fosters health and wellness for their employees. 


This opportunity is eligible for an annual bonus, a competitive base salary, comprehensive benefits and a generous vacation package.


The one thing the pandemic has taught us is that a lot of current and future colleagues, where and when possible, want to embrace hybrid working. Therefore, we are introducing Smart Working at BT (combination of remote and office work depending if you reside near a BT office). Smart Working means having the flexibility to choose, as a team, how and where you work depending on your team’s deliverables and needs; when you are at your shared core location to connect with others and when not. It may not be for every role, and, as part of the recruitment process, you’ll have the chance to discuss Smart Working and how it might work for the job you are applying for.


BT has implemented various health and safety protocols regarding COVID-19, especially depending on your geography, local or Federal mandates. As part of these protocols, BT colleagues may be required to wear face coverings and social distance during spikes in cases in your area, and share information regarding vaccination status. Certain colleagues may be subject to additional requirements based on customer and business need. BT will consider reasonable accommodations for medical, disability, or religious reasons.


Relocation support for this position is not currently available.


BT is an Affirmative Action/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 or protected veteran status.


Existing authorization to work in the United States is required.