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Hamburg | ga05

Legal Counsel (f/m/d)

Don’t just go to work. Thrive.
We look for people who are committed to openness and have the will to revolutionize the market. You will join OX as part of a special team. As a talented individual, you can advance within your department as well as getting the opportunity to work for OX globally.

Our Vision 
A borderless internet that is open, safe and free.

We are eMail  
Worldwide companies like Comcast, Cox, 1&1, STRATO, Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone, Orange, Unitymedia, ItaliaOnline, Host Europe, NetCologne, network solutions /, Rackspace, Softbank, and GoDaddy use our "white label" products for eMail and collaboration.

Open Source is our foundation  
The mix of divergent perspectives, corporate objectives, and personal goals is our foundation and speeds up innovation.


As our legal counsel, you will strengthen our legal department in developing our legal strategies and managing our legal processes at Open-Xchange, working together closely with top-level management while reporting directly to the CFO. As a very experienced legal counsel, you enjoy being involved in or leading the negotiation of complex international contracts, working closely with our senior managers or the board, and you enjoy to consulting business units on various legal topics.

You are an excellently qualified lawyer, with significant multi-year post-graduate professional experience in dealing with legal matters that are important to us around software, services, IP/IT and data protection internationally.

Open-Xchange is headquartered out of Cologne, Germany, with our legal team based out of Hamburg. Ideally, you will be based out of Hamburg, or you are willing to spend significant time there. The legal department is organized as a modern, non-hierarchical team with a high level of transparency, cooperation and mutual consultation. The daily work is based on agile processing of inquiries using digital project management tools.


Your key responsibilities

As our Legal Counsel, you will advise the management board, management and all specialist departments on a variety of legal topics. You will be one of three Legal Counsels, supported by a working student, with a core focus on negotiations of complex international customer contracts and all types of commercial international agreements related to software, services, out-sourcing, IP/IT and data protection.

  • You develop and manage our legal strategy, processes and tools at OX, including contract management and corporate matters (incl. telecommunications law, GDPR, data protection, corporate governance).
  • You draft, review and negotiate large scale and complex software license, SaaS, implementation and maintenance contracts.
  • You draft, review and negotiate procurement and partner agreements with suppliers from different industries.
  • You consult our People team on employment law matters.
  • You select and manage external legal advisors and litigators, as well as management of legal and judicial conflicts (formal and informal).


Your background

  • You have graduated in law from a German University and passed your 2nd state exam.
  • You bring along broad multi-year (five years at least) professional knowledge in negotiating complex contracts in an international context.
  • You have a deep knowledge of IT-/IP- and data protection topics, as well as of other legal disciplines relevant for software and services.
  • You have developed an extraordinary pool of experience in international contract negotiations with big players in the telecommunication and/or software industry.
  • You know the open-source community, understand the respective challenges, advantages and especially the legal licensing risks.
  • You enjoy understanding technical details of our product range and you are open for innovative legal tech and contract management approaches

About Open-Xchange

Open-Xchange (OX) is a market leader in Mail / Messaging and DNS-based security services, with more than 200m seats sold through international hosting and telco providers worldwide, including partners such as 1&1, Orange, Italiaonline, Comcast, GoDaddy or Softbank.

We at OX have our roots in Open Source, and this has shaped our view of the world and culture – open, diverse, and with a bias to act, giving everyone at OX room to take responsibility within their team and grow. OX believes in an internet that is open, safe and free. We want to create competitive products that allow our providers to deliver secure internet services with a great user experience, and that respect privacy and generate value.

With some 270+ people worldwide, OX develops and operates Open Source software (aaS) for mail / messaging (OX App SuiteOX Guard) and collaboration / productivity (OX DriveOX Documents). OX’s  Dovecot is the world’s dominant open-source IMAP server software, and our PowerDNS provides secure DNS services to our telco customers and their users.

Our business is fast-paced and changing constantly. We are looking for people who share our beliefs, who are out there to make a difference, are entrepreneurial and enjoy working in a high-tech environment as part of a truly international team. OX is headquartered in Cologne, with further locations throughout Germany (Hamburg, Bremen, Dortmund, Olpe and Nuremberg), the USA (Louisville, KY), Finland, the Netherlands, Italy, France, Spain and Japan (Tokyo).

If you are interested, please contact Jochen F. Schude for further information - or send us your paperless application with a cover letter including the job ID (see at the top left corner), tabular CV, certificates, salary expectations and the earliest possible date of entry by e-mail to recruiting at