Senior Corporate Counsel

Ciena Baltimore , MD 21203

Posted 2 weeks ago

Ciena may well be the most important technology company you've never heard of. The innovations that wow us (driverless cars), and those we now take for granted (the ability to mobile-stream your favorite show) are the products of ingenuity from some brilliant and forward-thinking companies. But those companies rely on Ciena, another vanguard of innovation, to create and advance the underlying networks that bring their breakthroughs to our doorsteps. VR, AI, IOT, 5G literally none of it would be possible without the mind-boggling technology that makes the internet itself work. For more than 25 years, Ciena has been the global leader in networking strategy, and our technology has been part of the critical infrastructure running within the most advanced companies in the world.

This Senior Corporate Counsel role will serve as the primary legal resource for Ciena's global supply chain, procurement and sourcing operations. In managing a team of contract and support professionals, this role will be responsible for providing advice and support on a wide range of legal and business matters relating to the development and manufacture of Ciena's products; the operations to bring those products to market; and the sourcing of goods, services and software across functions and geographies around the world. The individual will participate on the leadership team of Ciena's supply chain management organization, and will serve as an important member of Ciena's award-winning Legal Department.


  • Serve on the leadership team of Ciena's global supply chain management organization and assist in developing and implementing its strategy and governance as well as assisting with the management of its operations

  • Independently oversee, manage and provide legal advice and support for commercial activities and transactions relating to Ciena's direct and indirect procurement and supply chain operations

  • Proactively propose and implement improvements to drive transformation, including enhancements to tools, processes, reporting, staffing and alignment that promote efficiency and enable scaling of the business

  • Represent the Legal Department and collaborate with cross-functional teams in support of complex, enterprise-wide procurement initiatives to adopt sourcing best practices and controls, manage third party risk and support project and change management

  • Manage team of contract and support professionals, including providing development and training opportunities, as well as guidance and mentoring

  • Draft, negotiate and structure a wide range of commercial and technology agreements with third party suppliers and vendors, including:

  • Component purchase and inventory management agreements

  • Contract manufacturing agreements

  • Software and technology licensing and development agreements

  • Services and consulting agreements

  • Industry, government and academia consortia and funding agreements

  • Human resources, benefits, staffing and recruiting agreements

  • Manage supply-side legal operations and processes, including template agreements, playbooks and back-off positions, supply contract database and contract activity monitoring and metrics.

  • Provide strategic and practical legal advice and subject matter expertise on a range of relevant supply-side legal, regulatory and operational matters, including:

  • Security of supply

  • Supplier risk management on corruption and anti-bribery matters

  • Information security and data privacy

  • Corporate social responsibility

  • Procurement policies and procedures

  • Homologation, trade compliance and related regulatory matters


  • Degree in Law (JD / LLB) from an accredited law school

  • Member in good standing of at least one state or provincial bar association

  • Minimum seven years of experience with a law firm and/or corporate legal department in support of a technology-related business is required (at least three years with a corporate legal department supporting supply chain/procurement)

  • Significant experience drafting and negotiating a wide range of commercial and technology agreements

  • Experience in supporting and partnering with procurement and supply chain leadership on transformational intiatives that drive business outcomes

  • Ability to advise and counsel business groups on legal issues related to technology transactions


  • Decisive, practical and business-minded

  • Strategic thinker able to develop solutions to complex challenges

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with minimal supervision

  • Capable of building strong relationships with and influencing client groups

  • Good business judgment and sound decision-making in balancing risk, opportunity and business objectives

  • Leadership capability or management experience with the ability to address development, training, continuing learning, and succession planning for team

  • Strong oral and written communication and interpersonal / relationship-building skills

  • Ability to provide timely and effective legal and business advice across a wide range of novel legal and business matters

  • Detail-oriented, thorough and thoughtful

  • Strong project management skills, able to direct and implement multiple concurrent projects and manage competing priorities

  • LI-CN

Rewarding experience. Meaningful outcomes.

Making a difference in people's lives through design and implementation of leading network technologies. That's what motivates us.

A distinct way to work

Free thinking, free discussion, and collaboration are the norm. Expect more satisfying outcomes - both personal and professional.

Ciena values the diversity of our workforce and respects its employees as individuals, regardless of race, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, gender or age.

Ciena is also committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. If contacted in relation to a job opportunity, you should advise Ciena in a timely fashion of the specific needs / accommodation measures which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Information received relating to any specific needs / accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.

What you can expect from us

  • You will receive notification of your successful application

  • Successful applicants will be contacted by Talent Acquisition for an initial discussion

  • If suitable you will be considered for the short list and our formal interview process

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