Company commercial, Competition and antitrust, Consumer products, Governance, risk and compliance, Health and safety, Intellectual Property, Manufacturing and industrial, Technology, media and telecoms
To provide pro-active legal leadership, support and advice in assisting the marketing and innovation functions in achieving their core strategic objectives whilst appropriately managing and mitigating the associated legal risks and driving the legal compliance agenda to preserve value (financial and reputational).
Ensure that the Legal & Corporate Security Director and Team receive quality support to achieve jointly agreed objectives.
Minimise legal risk for Diageo by ensuring that the company’s marketing materials are compliant with the Diageo and Brandhouse Marketing Codes, and that legal agreements are sound, commercially sensible and documented on time.
Become a key member of a pro-active, committed Legal and Corporate Security team.
Lead the provision of legal advice and support required by the business.
Provide direct support and guidance to the Marketing Leadership Team from time to time.
Ensure that the Legal department has full visibility of all issues and is servicing the business’ legal needs effectively.
Assisting in appropriate resolution of disputes which arise with competitors, agencies, regulators and other third parties.
Using external Counsel in a cost effective way to optimise performance and contribute to the effective management of the legal budget.
Raise the capabilities of the Marketing and Innovation teams through coaching and training.
Work with members of the Diageo Legal Function to ensure precedents and Diageo best practices are consistent with best practice and fully up to date.
Work with the Compliance, Controls and Ethics team to advise on and update internal policies and champion the compliance agenda within the Legal and Corporate Security team.
Support the External Affairs function on policy and regulatory matters, as well as in industry forums and interactions.
Senior lawyer qualified in RSA, with relevant commercial legal practice experience gained in leading law firm and relevant in-house experience
Proven track record of managing wide legal and compliance agenda, complex legal transactions and dealing effectively with external legal service providers
Excellent knowledge and understanding of legal issues relevant to the commercial business in RSA
Ability to provide sound commercial legal advice to the business
Provide excellent functional support direct and through the Legal and Corporate Security function
Strong interpersonal/communication skills
Commercial and pragmatic approach
Good influencing and coaching skills
Confident in and sensitive to different cultures in RSA
Strong, analytical, drafting and negotiating skills
2 – 5 years post qualification experience
Ability to work confidently, persuasively and to stand ground with and gain the respect and trust of other senior managers
Ability to shape and create change
Powerful influencing skills
Engaging presentation skills
Proven track record of:
Leading/managing complex legal transactions
Managing wide legal and compliance agenda
Interacting with and influencing teams
Dealing effectively with external legal service partners.
Strong organisational, interpersonal and communication skills
Strong commercial law background, negotiation and drafting experience
A good working knowledge of competition law, contract law and general commercial law
Ability to generate respect from both the business and colleagues, for judgment, approach & commitment
Ability to stand ground with senior, often challenging colleagues