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Corporate Counsel, India

Cisco Systems Inc.
Bengaluru, KA 560002
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Dear candidate,

Thank you for your interest in Cisco and our award winning Legal Department. As we work through the hiring process, we thought it may be helpful to provide you more detail on what the role entails and what you can expect during the interview process.

The position you are applying for is: Corporate Counsel, India- GSP. This is a mid-level/senior, individual contributor position within our department. We are looking for self-starters with strong legal fundamentals in the 4-8 year Post Qualification Experience range.

The role:

As an overview, this role is to support our India & SAARC theatre within the Global Service Provider (or SP) line of business (one of the fastest growing sales theatres within Cisco). You will be a part of the Asia Pacific & Japan SP legal team and partner closely with our Managing Director for India & SAARC SP Sales. You will also be a member of the India SP Sales leadership team. SP is one Ciscos largest lines of business working primarily with Ciscos telecom customers and is responsible for approximately 35-40% of its $50Bn annual revenue globally. India-SP accounts for approximately $3-400M revenue annually, which is approximately 30-35% of Ciscos India revenues.

Our lawyers are business leaders who build strong and empathetic advisory relationships with sales teams and other functions/ organizations within the company. We expect them to act as positive influencers in the growth of our business. The work-profile of this role is expected to be:

  • 70% commercial advisory (contract negotiations, deal structuring);
  • 15% litigation and dispute management;
  • 10% governmental, regulatory affairs (help guide development of regulatory norms); and
  • 5% general, non-commercial advisory (compliance, training, policy development).

What we look for:

Here are some of the professional skills that successful lawyers have exhibited within Cisco (in no particular order):

-          inquisitiveness: Our lawyers are hungry to learn and improve their understanding of the business and the industry. They use this knowledge, to build credibility with their colleagues and provide Client relevant strategic business advice;

-          creativity: Our lawyers problem-solve creatively while analyzing the larger (possibly non-legal) context of any possible issue;

-          technical ability: Our lawyers draft, analyze and communicate, clearly and concisely, on complex legal issues. They are responsive and engaged;

-          teamwork: Our lawyers work collaboratively within a team and fit into the culture of the department and company (across national cultures). They lead without necessarily being required to do so by the organization structure; and

-          drive: Our lawyers politely and proactively, exhibit an aggressive, entrepreneurial attitude to push themselves and the company to be the best at what they do. They have a can-do attitude and are strongly biased towards action.

What you can expect:

The interview process will cover questions designed to assess some or all of the professional skills listed earlier. Here are some sample questions that you may expect (we do love our hypotheticals) [**]:

-          Why Cisco? Why now?

-          Why law? Why in-house?

-          Have there any part of your interactions with Cisco so far that makes you unsure or unclear?

-          Do you have any examples from your career that can help show the professional skills that Cisco Legal is looking for? E.g.:

    • Any particularly difficult work situations that you managed in your past career in a creative manner?
    • Any examples of situations where a deeper understanding of the business helped you influence a decision and/or take a pragmatic view of the risk that your employer/ client faced?

o   Any examples of a situation that you are particularly proud of (e.g. an analysis you conducted or matter you handled)? What was the main reason you are proud of it? Conversely, are there any situations or matters that you could have handled better?

-          What is your ideal role? What are the things that drive you, make you passionate?

[** PLEASE NOTE: At all the times during the interview, please avoid providing any privileged and/or confidential information of/ related to, your employer or client. Cisco does not require you to, indeed requests that you not, provide it. Also, please feel free to ask questions or request clarifications during the entire process interaction is welcome, indeed encouraged!]

All the very best, we hope we will get to work with you!

Cisco Covid-19 Vaccination Requirements
The health and safety of Cisco's employees, customers, and partners is a top priority. Our goal is to protect and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 infection for strong business resiliency during the pandemic. Therefore, Cisco may require new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 if the role requires business-related travel, meeting with customers/partners (including visiting third-party sites on behalf of Cisco), attending trade events, and Cisco office entry, unless otherwise prohibited by applicable law, and in countries where COVID-19 vaccination is legally required. The company will consider legally required accommodations/exceptions for medical, religious, and other reasons as per the requirements of the role and in accordance with applicable law. Additional information will be provided to candidates about the requirements and accommodation process at the offer time based on region.
Posted: 2022-04-15 Expires: 2022-07-25
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