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Director - Legal & Business Affairs

JOB TITLE: DIRECTOR - LEGAL & BUSINESS AFFAIRS

LOCATION: MUMBAI, INDIA

OUR STORY:

Saavn is South Asia’s leading music streaming service with over 22 million active million users. We are 200 entrepreneurs, across New York, California, Mumbai, Gurgaon, and Bangalore, who help music lovers access, discover, and listen to their favorite songs across languages and genres. In early 2018, a merger between Jio Music and Saavn was announced; creating a combined entity valued at over $1 billion. 

We blend digital technology, data analysis (which we have affectionately coined Music Science), and a strong, fearless business acumen to reach all corners of the globe. Through partnerships with Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter and Shazam - to name a few - Saavn reaches more music fans across the world. Our award-winning mobile products, partnerships, innovations and thought leadership have been featured in some of the world’s leading publications, from The New York Times, to The Wall Street Journal, The Economic Times to Forbes, and many more. We are well-funded by some of the world’s most successful institutional investors and global media companies as well as a number of strategic individuals. Beyond investing, they are advisors and supporters of our vision, our passion, and our collective ability to deliver a revolutionary music experience as the leader in India.

OUR CULTURE:

At Saavn, we ignite passion and performance to work towards a collective goal: creating the perfect mobile entertainment ecosystem that delivers the best possible music experience to millions of listeners around the world. Our default mode is that of perpetual innovation. Together, we form a concerted rhythm that goes beyond borders. We don't just go with the flow, we create it.

Saavn offers a dynamic and unconventional work environment, full of fun wholesome experiences – from in-office performances by some of the world’s most beloved musicians to opportunities for international travel. We believe creativity and technology blend together like sweet melodies. When you choose Saavn, you join a diverse world of high-calibre techies, artists, and inventors hailing from companies like Yahoo!, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google, Qualcomm, HBO, Microsoft, Flipkart, Amazon, Paytm, Quikr, MSN, and NDTV. We are one of the few digital companies to provide employment opportunities that meet the Silicon Valley benchmark – right here in Mumbai! Figures, since we’ve got Silicon Valley covered, too.

Our value-based, people-first work culture is about empowering every individual in our global team to be catalysts for change in this dynamic digital world. Every day is an opportunity to bring your vision to life, and to expand, learn and grow. No idea is left unconsidered. No voice is left unheard.

With listeners speaking multiple languages in almost every country in the world, we like to think we have the most diverse user base on the planet. This has only been made possible because of the value we place on radical inclusivity in our offices across the globe. We believe different is wonderful, and what sets us apart is also what brings us closer. Saavn prides itself on being an equal opportunity employer. We have committed ourselves to creating a safe environment with fair and equal access and opportunities, sans discrimination. We encourage everyone to be open to experiences and perspectives beyond their normal; divergent thinkers create differentiated products, and even better music.

If our vibe matches with yours, we'd love to hear from you.

ROLE: 

Saavn is currently seeking an experienced attorney to join the in-house legal team to play a crucial legal and business affairs role for Saavn’s India operations.  A successful candidate will be responsible for supporting the evolving needs of a fast-paced and high growth business, bringing pragmatic solutions, best practices and strategies for managing legal risks. We are looking for a talented attorney with initiative and drive who can effectively partner with business teams and handle a high volume of varied and complex legal work in the media, music and technology sectors. This is the lead role will require you to play the lead legal role for Saavn’s India operations and as such, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, along with the ability to offer legal advice clearly and effectively to a diverse audience is essential.  This position reports directly to our VP, General Counsel – Legal &. Business Affairs.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Regular communication with key business stakeholders to help identify and address legal issues associated with technology, digital product, digital content, integrated marketing, and programming across the Saavn platform.
  • Structure, effectively negotiate and oversee the execution of wide spectrum of media and music agreements including content licensing, distribution, recording, music publishing, partnership agreements, service agreements, ad-sales, promotional agreements, consultant and vendor agreements.
  • Oversight of company-wide compliance with Companies Act, and applicable FEMA, RBI, tax, labor and local regulations.
  • Work closely with Saavn’s content strategy groups to assess risks associated with evolving content acquisition strategies and the licensing/clearance of related rights
  • Oversight of Saavn’s IPR including registration, protection and enforcement.
  • Oversee and supervise all work sent to outside counsel.
  • Support the Legal and Business Affairs group with ongoing work streams including compliance, process improvement, template development and the use of technology to increase efficiencies.
  • The educating, implementation, and enforcement of best practices and compliance requirements amongst all Saavn employees as part of the Legal and Business Affairs on-going effort to create a Company-wide “culture of risk awareness and compliance”.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • L.L.B with strong academic performance.
  • Admitted to practice in India. 
  • 10-15 years of experience in a law firm or corporate legal department, preferably in the media/entertainment/digital sectors. Previous in-house experience is a plus!
  • Thorough knowledge of Indian intellectual property, entertainment and media laws.
  • Experience in and knowledge of music industry is viewed favorably but not necessary. 
  • Excellent drafting skills.
  • The ability to analyze complex legal problems quickly and concisely without supervision. 
  • Exceptionally strong written and oral communication skills with the ability to tailor communication styles to diverse audiences

BENEFITS AND PERKS:

At Saavn, we blur work and play, and you get all the perks of a global company.  You will get to work with a dynamic group of entrepreneurs, who are delivering results and working zealously across time zones to make a difference in the way the world experiences music.  We love what we do, and we think you will too.

  • Group Mediclaim
  • Fun Fridays
  • Free healthy (and unhealthy) lunches & snacks
  • Saavn-sponsored team outings
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