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Title:  Corporate Counsel


Waterloo, ON, N2V 1C6

About Descartes: 

Descartes Unites the People and Technology that Move the World
The need for efficient, secure, and agile supply chains and logistics operations has become ever more critical and complex.  By combining innovative technology, powerful trade intelligence and the reach of our network, Descartes helps get goods, information, transportation assets, and people where they’re needed, when they’re needed. 

We’re one of the most broadly deployed logistics and supply chain technology companies in the world. More than 22,000 customers around the globe use our cloud-based solutions to transform the way they move inventory and information to enhance productivity, better serve customers, thrive competitively, keep pace with evolving regulations, and respond to rapidly changing market conditions. Descartes is publicly traded (Nasdaq:DSGX, TSX:DSG) with headquarters in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and offices and partners around the world. With record financial performance for more than 16 years, we lead the industry in innovation investment. Every day, logistics service providers, manufacturers, retailers, distributors, and other logistics-intensive businesses of all sizes rely on our scale, stability, and comprehensive solution footprint to move what’s most important to them. Learn more at

We’re growing fast and invite you to join our amazing team. 


The Descartes Systems Group Inc. is an established and rapidly growing software company in the Kitchener-Waterloo tech community seeking to add a Corporate Counsel to its growing legal team. This role will provide broad exposure to a variety of matters related to the management and operations of an international publicly traded technology company.


Under the Supervision of the Senior Corporate Counsel, Your Responsibilities Will Include:

  • Drafting and negotiating a wide variety of commercial agreements;
  • Developing and revising agreement templates for various internal departments;
  • Implementing and ensuring compliance with standard contracting processes and contract requirements;
  • Monitoring legislative and regulatory changes in numerous jurisdictions and evaluating their impact on Descartes’ business operations;
  • Reviewing and negotiating inbound procurement and marketing contracts;
  • Assist as required on a wide array of corporate matters inherent to the day-to-day operation of a global organization; and
  • Assist as needed with mergers and acquisitions.


Experience Required

  • Law Degree and Membership in good standing in the law society of a Canadian province.
  • Minimum of 2 years experience in drafting, negotiating and advising on a variety of commercial transactions and contracts, such as IT procurement contracts, software licensing, SaaS agreements, e-commerce, hosting arrangements, SLAs, NDAs, professional services engagements, etc.
  • In-depth knowledge of commercial law in a variety of areas relevant to technology transactions.
  • Strong experience in privacy law and good knowledge of worldwide privacy frameworks (GDPR, CCPA, UK GDPR, PIPEDA, etc.).
  • Experience with marketing contracts, including IOs, PRs, sponsorship, and venue agreements.
  • Business acumen and ability to assess issues from non-legal perspectives when providing support to product managers and other business units.
  • Experience working with a technology company is an asset.


Skills and Aptitudes Required

  • Sound judgment and a level of commercial sophistication gained from being on the front-lines of drafting and negotiating numerous types of technology transactions. 
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong work ethic and professionalism.
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects at the same time, effectively adapt to changes in those priorities, and handle competing demands while meeting deadlines.
  • Ability to work under pressure and love of the challenges that arise in a fast-paced tech environment.
  • Highly organized, with a focus on time management.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to adopt a flexible work schedule from time to time to accommodate international time zones and/or peak work periods.
  • Willingness to travel occasionally. 



 This is a fully remote position with an option to work from our headquarters in Waterloo. Strong preference will be given to applicants in the Eastern Time Zone in Canada. #LI-Remote

Join Us
As we scale, we’re looking for new doers, collaborators and innovators to join Descartes in uniting the people and technology that move the world as the Global Leader in Logistics and Supply Chain Technology. We’re entrepreneurial, hardworking, geeky-in-a-good way problem solvers. Guided by our values, we nurture a TEAM focused culture that invests in people and creates opportunities for advancement across a broad spectrum of career paths. We prioritize work-life balance and foster an environment with the space to take ownership, to be heard, and to carve a path for your individual accomplishments to help drive our success. At Descartes, everyone has a voice and the best argument wins, regardless of who makes it. We offer competitive compensation, great benefits, remote and flexible work hours, and the opportunity to join a company on an awesome mission with a great existing team and trajectory.

Descartes also has a deep sense of environmental responsibility. Learn more about how we helped our customers save over 552,000 metric tons of CO2 in 2020 by reducing fuel and paper consumption:  Join a team that’s committed to working with customers to conserve resources and enhance sustainability.

If you feel you have 70% of the qualifications we are looking for, and Descartes sounds like the team and the mission you want to be part of, apply now. We can't promise it will be a fit, but we do promise to consider your experience.


Through COVID-19, we implemented a virtual hiring process and continue to interview and onboard candidates by video using Microsoft TEAMS. We record interviews and use them strictly for quality assurance, training and general record keeping purposes. Should you have any questions about this process, please connect with our hiring team in advance of scheduled interviews. We value the safety of each member of our community because we know we're all in this together. 


We are an Equal Employment employer. We do not discriminate in hiring on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religious creed, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, provincial, or local law. For more information about our commitment to equal employment opportunity, please review our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics at Descartes is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to job applicants with disabilities. Applicants in North America with a disability who require a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process can email us at Provide your name and contact information along with the accommodation needed to assist you with the application process. Your request will be responded to as soon as possible. Reasonable accommodations will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

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