Overview

Reference Number: JO-2205-493789
Legal Counsel
Rate: Negotiable
Job Type: Permanent
Location: Central London / West End

Legal Counsel

Global Head Quarters, Slough Berkshire

Open to Hybrid or fully remote candidates.

The Legal Counsel will assist with providing legal and compliance advice to the business, legal colleagues, and senior internal stakeholders on a wide range of issues and queries that arise in the areas of competition law, economic crimes, trade sanctions and anti-money laundering. The specific responsibilities are as follows:

Compliance Legal Programmes

Provision of legal advice and consultation to business units operating globally across all areas of Legal Compliance, including dealing with a high volume of often complex queries

Partnering with Legal teams from different Business Units and Corporate to ensure my clients Compliance Programme in relation to Competition, Sanctions and AML is effective

Assisting with the oversight of policies, procedures, and guidelines, including drafting and reviewing/upgrading, and development of trainings on a regular basis

Fostering a culture of Legal Compliance awareness by raising awareness and advocating compliant behaviour

Embedding Legal Compliance across all relevant company processes and systems

Sharing of best practices across the group, predominantly the Legal and Ethics & Compliance functions

Developing tools and guidance notes and assist with the risk assessment across key functions and markets

Enhance documentation (policies and guidance, contracts, certification) and recording (demonstrate compliance, audit trail, surveys / interviews, oversight) in Legal Compliance matters

Key Challenges

This role requires the ability to digest large amounts of information quickly

This role is global in its outlook and will require an ability to apply domestic, EU and US Legal Compliance laws to arrangements and business practices which span a number of territories globally and/or to research and interpret applicable laws in those jurisdictions

The person appointed will need to build strong relationships with, and gain the trust of, business and legal colleagues, including area, region, and country management level quickly, including in order to raise awareness of Legal Compliance issues generally and the relevant capabilities available within the Group Legal Compliance team

The person appointed will need to prioritise and spot red flag issues quickly, and be able to offer advice commercially-orientated and ensure that complex legal principles are explained quickly and simply

Qualifications

Essential

Qualified lawyer with experience in Legal Compliance technical areas gained in private practice at a prominent firm or in-house at a leading international business

Subject matter expert in at least one Legal Compliance subject area

Able to work in a multi-disciplinary context

Ability to establish strong working relationships with senior stakeholders from other functions, business, and legal colleagues, including area, region and country management in a wide range of jurisdictions

Highly desirable

Experience of cross functional co-operation

Experience of working in-house

Knowledge of the consumer goods sector

Personal Attributes

Ability to establish good working relationships with highly demanding internal clients and other stakeholders

Robust and confident manner and an ability to work autonomously

Ability to manage complex legal issues with a high degree of commerciality and pragmatism

Fluency in English is essential; any additional languages would be advantageous

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