Senior Commercial Counsel
Posted on 11/2/2023

501-1,000 employees

Developing electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft
Company Overview
Archer stands out in the urban air mobility industry with its focus on designing and developing electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, aiming to transform the way people move and utilize time. The company's competitive edge lies in its proprietary electric powertrain system, which offers higher power density and efficiency than current market offerings, while ensuring longevity and safety at both the cell and pack level. With a team based in Santa Clara, CA, Archer's commitment to technical advancement and industry leadership makes it an exciting and dynamic place to work.

Company Stage


Total Funding





San Jose, California

Growth & Insights

6 month growth


1 year growth


2 year growth

San Jose, CA, USA
Experience Level
Desired Skills
Legal & Compliance
  • Minimum of 5+ years of substantive commercial, supply, logistics, and intellectual property experience, at least 3+ of those years with an in-house legal department
  • Proven negotiation, drafting, and analytical skills for various types of commercial contracts including component parts, raw materials, and equipment purchase and lease agreements, joint development agreements, and manufacturing agreements
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written), including the ability to quickly and effectively relay complex information in an efficient and broadly understandable format
  • Practical business judgment
  • Demonstrated ability to work efficiently and independently and efficiently prioritize matters while meeting demanding deadlines
  • Proven track record of learning quickly, taking initiative, working proactively, being resourceful, and taking on additional responsibility
  • Experience successfully performing in high-pressure environments
  • Law degree (J.D.) from an ABA-accredited institution
  • Admitted to bar and in good standing or otherwise authorized to practice law (e.g., have registered in-house status) in the state in which the role is located
  • Structure, negotiate, draft, and advise on supply agreements for parts and raw materials, equipment purchase and lease agreements, manufacturing agreements, joint development agreements, intellectual property (IP) licenses, and other transactional documents
  • Advise clients on strategic sourcing and negotiation best practices
  • Resolve issues in existing commercial relationships and support dispute-resolution efforts
  • Partner with business teams to provide advice and creative solutions to complex problems
  • Support the continuous improvement and scale of standard form agreements, playbooks, and related legal processes
Desired Qualifications
  • Experience within the aerospace industry and/or US defense contracting
  • Familiarity with export control regulations including EAR and ITAR and their impact on navigating supplier relationships
  • Experience negotiating a wide range of commercial contracts such as indirect procurement, professional services, engineering, SaaS, marketing agreements, strategic partnerships, and non-disclosure agreements
  • Ability to work comfortably and be conversational across different business functions (e.g., product, engineering, supply chain, marketing, finance, compliance, HR) and lines of business
  • Understanding of legal operations and business process improvement initiatives
  • Willingness to travel