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Legal Counsel



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Join EcoVadis as Legal Counsel and Drive Global Sustainability through Law in the APJ Region


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Tokyo, Japan

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98% Remote- Japan

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Expires at anytime

Organisation summary

At EcoVadis, we're on a mission to lead all companies toward a sustainable future. As the premier provider of business sustainability ratings, we combine expert analysis with powerful technology to deliver detailed scorecards that help businesses manage their environmental, social, and ethical risks. By joining us, you'll play a crucial role in the global movement for sustainability, work alongside a passionate team, and grow professionally in a supportive environment. Discover more about our vibrant culture on the EcoVadis careers page.

Role Summary

  • Manage the entire contracting cycle within the APJ region, including negotiation and risk mitigation.
  • Collaborate with a variety of teams and provide legal support across departments.
  • Stay informed on legal changes and proactively advise the business.
  • Work with external legal counsel for efficient matter resolution.

Role Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree in law or higher from an APJ country, EU, or UK; English law knowledge preferred.
  • Fluency in English; additional APJ region languages are a plus.
  • Demonstrable international legal experience, with a focus on IT and SaaS agreements.
  • Knowledge of data protection and privacy law is advantageous.
  • Excellent multitasking and communication skills, with a collaborative spirit.
  • Legal tool and technology proficiency for contract management and research.
  • Passion for sustainability is a welcome attribute.

Application Process Details

  • Submit your CV and cover letter for review.
  • Open to applicants with diverse skills and backgrounds.
  • Adjustments to the hiring process available upon request for candidates with unique needs.

Company Description

Work smart, have fun and make an impact!

Our purpose is to guide all companies toward a sustainable world.
EcoVadis is the leading provider of business sustainability ratings. Our solutions are backed by an international team of experts and powerful technology. We analyze data and build sustainability scorecards that give companies actionable insights into their environmental, social and ethical risks.

Why apply to EcoVadis? Be a part of the global sustainability change in business. Grow your career. Work with extraordinary people. Feel valued for your contribution.

Learn more about our team and culture on EcoVadis careers page. If you have questions about the company or open roles you can chat with an insider.

Job Description

As our Legal Counsel you are part of a global Legal team, you will offer key support and - at
times, lead on all aspects of the contracting cycle in the APJ region (Asia including Japan,
Singapore, Hong Kong, India, China and Australia, New Zealand). This includes working
with clients within the EcoVadis Group, their suppliers and our providers.


1. Contracts

  • This will include revision and negotiation of standard contracts, general terms and conditions, as well as customer specific contracts, identifying and mitigating the contractual risk and giving guidance as to necessary approvals in adherence to the company’s approval framework;
  • This will include revision and negotiations of supportive documentation such as Non-Disclosure Agreements, Data Processing Agreements, etc.;
  • Legal Counsel will draft, review and negotiate a wide range of agreements, including sales contracts, SaaS contracts, framework agreements, addendums, standard terms and conditions, and also marketing agreements, agreements with business partners, software license agreements, service and vendor agreements.

2. Other legal tasks

  • Regularly collaborate with other teams – Sales, Customer Success, Finance, Marketing, HR, Data Protection Officer;
  • Local HR support;
  • Responding to variety of requests coming from other functions;
  • IP, including trademark support;
  • Work with each team member in the Legal Team if and when needed to provide support to other regions (EMEA, Americas) and in the completion of any contract or project;
  • Work with external legal counsel to ensure matters are progressed efficiently and brought to a satisfactory conclusion, review external counsel advice, follow up if necessary, summarise the advice for consumption by internal customers; and
  • Stay updated on changes in relevant local laws and regulations impacting the business and proactively advise the business on those changes.


  • You have a bachelor's degree in law or above from an APJ country, EU or UK, knowledge of English law is a plus (contracts for the APJ region could be based on English law);
  • You are able to provide legal service fluent in English (English is the common working language in the Legal team), an additional fluent language from the APJ region such as Japanese or Chinese is a plus (as you will have regular contact with clients in the APJ region);
  • You have demonstrable legal experience as an in-house lawyer or in a leading law firm in an international environment; practical experience in international commercial contract law is a plus.
  • You have strong knowledge and experiences in IT agreements, focusing on SaaS contracts, knowledge and experiences in data protection and privacy law is a plus;

In addition, you will:

  • Be able to multitask and work in a fast-paced, international environment;
  • Be team oriented, professional, focused on cooperation not competition, with the ability to respond and be flexible to client demands, looking for alternative solutions, whilst adhering to internal policies;
  • Have executive-level communication skills, verbal and written, in English;
  • Show commercial awareness and the ability to align legal strategies with business objectives;
  • Enjoy taking the initiative and acting independently and with good judgement, you will be offered scope and autonomy in good measure with senior level support available when needed;
  • Be proficient in using legal tools and technology for daily work, including for research, contract lifecycle management and efficient communication;
  • Be enthusiastic about embracing the EcoVadis values, a modern work culture and a global team; and
  • Have an interest or are willing to learn about sustainability, this will be a plus.

Additional Information

  • Full time position
  • Location: Hong Kong
  • In return for your expertise and energy, we offer:

  • Working Hours: 40 hours per week from Monday to Friday
  • Work Model: Hybrid Work Model

Our hiring team looks forward to reviewing your CV and covering letter with a guaranteed response to every application. A new job with purpose awaits you!

Don’t fit all the criteria but still think you’d be a good candidate? Please apply anyway to give our hiring team the opportunity to assess your skills and to learn more about what you could bring to EcoVadis. We’re interested in hiring capable people, regardless of professional and educational background.

Can the hiring process be adjusted to suit my needs? Yes. We want everyone going through the hiring process with EcoVadis to feel confident that you are able to demonstrate your full potential. We welcome applications from disabled people, people with long-term health conditions and neurodiverse candidates. If you need any adjustments, please let the hiring team know.

Our team’s strength comes from everyone’s uniqueness and is founded upon mutual respect. EcoVadis commits to equity and inclusion and does not accept any form of discrimination based on color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, citizenship, religion, beliefs, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, neurodiversity, disability, parental status, or any other protected characteristic that makes you unique.


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