Principal Counsel (Bangkok-Based)

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Bangkok, Thailand

About Agoda 

Agoda is an online travel booking platform for accommodations, flights, and more. We build and deploy cutting-edge technology that connects travelers with more than 2.5 million accommodations globally. Based in Asia and part of Booking Holdings, our 4,000+ employees representing 90+ nationalities foster a work environment rich in diversity, creativity, and collaboration. We innovate through a culture of experimentation and ownership, enhancing the ability for our customers to experience the world.

Get to Know our Team: 

In the age of technology, things are constantly changing. The travel market is much the same, being more dynamic and complex than ever. Agoda’s Legal team is well suited to take on the challenges presented, adopting a proactive mindset to tackle challenges and solve problems. We are quick on our feet, decisive, and collaborate with multiple departments. We hire out-of-the-box thinkers that are well grounded with ethics and legal knowledge to ensure that Agoda achieves the right results, the right way. 

In every department Agoda provides an environment rich with creativity, collaboration, velocity and experimentation allowing you to thrive in and to grow both yourself and Agoda.

The Opportunity:

We are looking for an outstanding legal professional to join our team in Bangkok supporting (and helping grow) Agoda’s business.

The role appointed will provide legal and contractual support to the business including:

  • Taking responsibility for a wide range of issues, including strategically complex accounts.
  • Negotiating and drafting agreements relating to software services, supplier/vendor and consultancy contracts, technology licensing and development, and support as required in litigation/disputes and regulatory matters.
  • Being responsible for effective negotiation and timely completion of contracts and, where required, assisting business stakeholders with ongoing contract management.
  • Working closely with the business to deliver effective support and advice, formulation, and coordination of positions across different departments, reporting and escalation of issues.
  • Managing the core relationships with the Agoda Procurement, Marketing and Homes teams.
  • Assisting in advising management on legal risks to company strategy.
  • Liaising with external counsel as required for input and advice.
  • Preparing and maintaining template documentation and negotiation guidelines, as well as providing training to internal business partners.
  • Updating know-how, sharing documentation and lessons learned. Assisting with or building legal L&D (both internally and with stakeholders).
  • Providing training within the legal department and working collaboratively with other members of the team.
  • Helping to develop innovations, efficiencies and implementing best practices across the business.

 The person appointed will be:

  • An accomplished general commercial/IT lawyer
  • Proactive and practical, adding value by creating strategic solutions to legal issues
  • A team player with the ability effectively to communicate with individuals at all levels
  • A creative thinker who can think outside the box and have the requisite level of gravitas and flexibility when interacting with stakeholders within the company.

What you’ll Need to Succeed:

  • A legal qualification to practice as a lawyer and 10+ years of post-qualification experience in private practice or the in-house legal department of an international business (or both)
  • University degree
  • Relevant experience of commercial, technology and procurement type contracts
  • A strongly commercial outlook and excellent interpersonal, as well as intercultural skills
  • A strategic approach to the law and like working in a dynamic, fast paced environment
  • An excellent command of English. Any other language is a strong asset.


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Equal Opportunity Employer 

At Agoda, we pride ourselves on being a company represented by people of all different backgrounds and orientations. We prioritize attracting diverse talent and cultivating an inclusive environment that encourages collaboration and innovation. Employment at Agoda is based solely on a person’s merit and qualifications. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunity regardless of sex, age, race, color, national origin, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, citizenship, veteran or military status, and other legally protected characteristics.

We will keep your application on file so that we can consider you for future vacancies and you can always ask to have your details removed from the file. For more details please read our privacy policy.

To all recruitment agencies: Agoda does not accept third party resumes. Please do not send resumes to our jobs alias, Agoda employees or any other organization location. Agoda is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.


Meet the Team

Archa Rajeevi Being at Agoda has given me immense growth, progress, opportunities to take a lead on things, ability to work in diverse, inclusive environments, and the chance to work with some of the smartest, kindest people I know. The legal team provides me with a platform to excel every single day. There is so much support, guidance, and mentorship all around me. All of this together makes me sure that this is the best job I have ever had. Archa Rajeevi Ethics & Compliance Counsel

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