Commercial Counsel

| Chicago
Upwork is the world's largest freelancing website. Each year $1.5 billion of work happens through Upwork, allowing businesses to get more done and helping professionals break free of traditional time and place boundaries and work anytime, anywhere on projects they love. At Upwork, you'll help build on this momentum. Together, we'll create economic and social value on a global scale, providing a trusted online workplace for businesses to connect with extraordinary talent and work without limits.
The award-winning Upwork Legal & Policy team loves to work on cutting-edge legal issues, generate creative business solutions to enable the company’s continued growth in a compliant manner, and enable the new world of remote work for millions of independent professionals and clients globally in over 180 countries. We also possess a passion for what we do. The Upwork legal team was the recipient of The Recorder’s prestigious 2016 Legal Department of the Year (Emerging Companies) award. The team also was recognized by The Financial Times in 2014 as One of Top 25 Most Innovative In-House Legal Teams in North America.
This unique in-house opportunity is tailor-made for a commercial attorney who enjoys autonomy and thrives on making an impact. You will be working closely with Upwork’s commercial attorneys and others on the Legal & Policy team to create a foundation for years to come. You will lead the negotiation, documentation and analysis of technology, licensing and sales agreements, with customers of all sizes and will directly interface with internal clients ranging from, among others, our Sales, Marketing, HR and Finance teams.
The Upwork Legal & Policy team is one that believes each of its team members is super equipped to figure out the hardest problems with minimal supervision. The team prides itself on being enablers for the business, our colleagues and our users -- their success is our success. The team also likes to laugh a bunch too. We are not micromanagers, not know-it-alls, and not empire builders.

Your Responsibilities:

  • Review, draft and manage enterprise sales focused commercial agreements.
  • Work closely with our business development colleagues to draft and negotiate partnership agreements.
  • Assist with commercial leases as Upwork expands to new offices.
  • Help the commercial team scale, by preparing, implementing, and refining forms, playbooks, systems, processes, and procedures.
  • Influence and build relationships with executives, product teams, and peers across Upwork.
  • Collaborate with subject matter experts at Upwork to analyze and communicate legal risks.

What it takes to catch our eye:

  • A minimum of five to seven years of experience with technology transactions relating to the Internet, SaaS, enterprise software and mobile.
  • Experience in drafting, negotiating, and managing sales contracts, licenses, alliance and partnership agreements and intellectual property agreements.
  • Prior in-house experience, especially at a top Internet / SaaS company
  • Prior AmLaw 100 law firm experience.

How to really knock our socks off:

  • A real passion for Upwork’s mission of providing economic opportunity so people have better lives.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills—the ability to explain complex issues and concepts in straightforward, everyday terms.
  • Able to demonstrate close collaboration with stakeholders at a company.
  • Nuanced legal analysis and advisory skills to provide advice and options to meet business needs while protecting the company.
  • Eagerness to collaborate cross-functionally with partners across the company.
  • Ability to prioritize and juggle many projects effectively -- big and small.
  • Track record of influencing others in challenging discussions.
  • High emotional intelligence and self-confidence.
  • Strong judgment.
  • Humility.
  • Good sense of humor

Come change how the world works.
At Upwork you’ll help shape the future of work. From our offices in San Francisco, Mountain View and Chicago, together we’re creating exciting new opportunities for a world of professionals. You’ll be part of a vibrant culture built on shared values: Inspire a boundless future of work, Put our community first, Have a bias towards action, and Build amazing teams. Along the way you’ll have fun and enjoy the perks of a people-first company: Work from Home Wednesday's, daily breakfast and lunch, regular in-office happy hours, top-notch benefits … and more. Check out Upwork’s spotlight on The Muse for a glimpse of our daily work/life balance.
Upwork is proudly committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse and inclusive workforce. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we never discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical condition), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

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Location

Our office is located in Chicago's West Loop. We are close to public transportation and restaurants galore.

An Insider's view of Upwork

What's something quirky about your company?

The best part of our company culture is our Work Online Wednesdays, it gives me a better understanding of the experiences many clients and freelancers have using Upwork to grow their business. It's also important to me that Upwork values championing the future of work by empowering its employees to work flexibly each week.

Maggie

Mid Market Account Executive

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

The Enterprise team is solving for how organizations engage talent and how talent finds opportunity. In an "on-demand" economy, technology has changed the way we commute, lodge, and shop. The workforce is rapidly evolving and technology is fundamentally changing work now, too.

Mandela

Enterprise Account Executive

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I started my professional life in HR and due to the shifting labor market, I saw an opportunity to be part of something special with Upwork. I took a leap into the unknown as the second sales rep in the Chicago office. Fast forward a year and a half later, I’ve been able to grow my career from sales rep to leading the first Mid-Market sales team.

Angela

Sales Manager

How do you make yourself accessible to the rest of the team?

Making myself available before and after working hours demonstrates commitment to seeing them grow and succeed. Casual sit downs over coffee outside the office to get to know individual contributors and managers on a more personal level allow me to further understand what drives and motivates them inside and outside of work.

Natalie

VP, Enterprise Solutions

What is your vision for the company?

Our vision is to connect businesses with great talent to work without limits. Companies have struggled for far too long to find the talent required to propel their businesses forward. Traditional talent resources do not have the capabilities to meet the demands of the future of work. Upwork solves these problems.

Robert

VP, Sales

What are Upwork Perks + Benefits

Upwork Benefits Overview

At Upwork, one of our highest priorities is addressing the health and welfare needs of our employees and their family members. To help you protect yourself and your family physically and financially, we are pleased to offer the Upwork 2018 Benefits Program.

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Upwork provides an annual HSA contribution. You may also contribute pre-tax dollars to a Health Care FSA and Dependent Care FSA account.
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
MetLife Dental offer a broad array of services for Employees at Upwork.
Vision Benefits
VSP Vision offer a broad array of services for Employees at Upwork.
Health Insurance Benefits
We offer a rich Anthem Blue Cross PPO and HSA plan so you chose the best case for you and your family.
Life Insurance
Life IWnsurance coverage of 2X up to $300,000. Employees can also purchase coverage for a Spouse/DP and child(ren).
Pet Insurance
Nationwide Pet Insurance now provides coverage to all pets within your life!
Wellness Programs
Upwork offers an on demand mental health platform, Ginger.IO, along with a parenting support tool, Cleo.
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Upwork offers a traditional pre-tax 401(K) along with an after-tax Roth IRA option.
401(K) Matching
Upwork matches 50% of every dollar contributed by employees into their 401(k) up to $5,000 per year. Employers match is fully vested after 1 year of service.
Company Equity
Upwork offers equity as part of our standard compensation package.
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
We allow qualified employees to purchase company shares at a discounted price.
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Upwork offers dependent care flexible spending accounts.
Generous Parental Leave
Upwork provides employees time to bond with their newborn and family; we offer up to 12 weeks of fully Paid Parental Leave.
Remote Work Program
Upwork encourages a healthy work-life balance. For your convenience we allow you to work from home on Wednesdays.
Adoption Assistance
Employer Funded Health Reimbursement Account Infertility and Adoption Services
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Upwork provides an Unlimited Time Off policy to further enhance our culture of trust and empowerment.
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
The Upwork Foundation has asked that 1% of employees time to giving back to the community and volunteering.
Paid Holidays
Upwork offers all employees paid time off to observe all major holidays.
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
We offer a variety of Beer and Wine.
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
You can elect up to max of $260 pre-tax for transit and parking. Upwork will match 50% of your pretax contributions each month. Link your personal Lyft account with the Upwork payment option.
Company Outings
Free Daily Meals
Upwork provides lunch on a daily basis from local Chicago restaurants.
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Upwork has a fully stocked kitchen including unlimited snacks, coffee, tea and all of the flavored LaCroix you can handle.
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Fitness Subsidies
Upwork will reimburse employees up to $50 per month for fitness related expenses. Corporate partnership with 24 Hour Fitness.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Upwork is proudly committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse and inclusive workforce. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we never discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gend
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