Legal Counsel - German Speaking

Job description

Staffbase is an enterprise SaaS platform that helps HR and Communication leaders to transform their organisations into places where people feel connected and proud to come to work. Staffbase is the first employee experience platform to let employers and employees connect authentically, right through their mobile phones.


We’re headquartered in Chemnitz, Germany, with offices in Dresden, Cologne, Amsterdam, New York, and London! Our international team just crossed 150 happy employees from 14 nationalities and we have a rapidly growing base of customers that want to transform their employee experience. We are 4 years old, we have strong-growing revenue, and our customers love us.


The Staffbase Legal team is a small but mighty (and growing!) team, that works across all departments at Staffbase to guide and grow the business as part of our rapid and international expansion. At Staffbase Legal, our core values are plain language, business acumen, and finding workable and pragmatic solutions to legal problems. We also practice Kaizen, or continuous improvement, and are constantly looking at how we can improve our processes, templates, and policies to improve the experience for our customers and our “Staffpranos” here at Staffbase.


As our Legal Counsel, you’ll be reporting directly into the VP Legal & Compliance, also based in Amsterdam, as a part of Team Operations at Staffbase. This role is primarily focussed on commercial contract support for the DACH market, with a bit of “everything else” that comes up within the business as an in house lawyer. You’ll get exposure to every level and area of the business, including product counsel work (such as open source), privacy, data protection, compliance, IT security, employment law, Intellectual Property, IT law, and corporate work. You’ll have the opportunity to make the role your own based on your interests, and will be responsible for helping to develop and manage legal processes across the business as we scale for growth. This role requires creative thinking and will collaborate directly with our executives, sales, customer experience, HR, and engineering teams.


And finally, The “only constant at a start-up is change”, and so you need to be a self-starter who is comfortable with change, who has a hands-on approach in day-to-day work, and who enjoys a fast pace. Come build something fun with us!


Your tasks include:

  • Draft plain language legal templates in German.

  • Negotiate sales contracts with Staffbase Customers in the European market in German and in English.

  • Update knowledge resources on legal topics for the business, and react quickly to questions from all parts of the company.

  • Keep up-to-date with German, EU, and international legal and regulatory changes impacting SaaS.

  • Develop legal processes in line with commercial practice in the SaaS industry as well as legal compliance rules and guidelines.

  • Enjoy working in a flexible environment where the key metric is “getting things done”.

  • Not afraid to buzz the tower.


  • Fluent in German and English at a high level.

  • Must be able to draft and negotiate legal documents in English and German.

  • Qualified lawyer in at least one EU jurisdiction. Can discuss if your local licensing requirements prohibit lawyer status while working in house.

  • Affinity for technology, including using and exploring different technologies.

  • Analytical, creative, problem solving and entrepreneurial personality.

  • High communication, negotiation, and project management skills.

  • Highly motivated, driven and self-starting individual who loves to work in a diverse and international team.

Great to have:

  • Inhouse legal experience is a plus.

  • Familiar working with web tools like GSuite, Confluence, and Trello

  • German legal qualification.

  • SaaS or software industry experience.