The Senior Director, Corporate Counsel LATAM Region will lead and manage a team providing regional internal legal support and coordination on a wide and diverse range of matters including commercial, competition, compliance, corporate, employment, governance, IP, litigation, and regulatory.
The LATAM Legal Department works under a responsibility matrix and in addition to lead geographic responsibilities, the Regional Senior Corporate Counsel may have additional pan-
LATAM responsibilities, e.g. legal subject matter expert, and / or business partner for one or more of the several business divisions.
Key responsibilities :
Lead responsibility for all legal matters and support in the geographic region
Work closely with various business divisions in the Region to manage wide range of commercial contracts including simple (e.
g. Ts & Cs, NDAs) through to a focus on complex (e.g. bespoke transactions, licences etc.) covering full spectrum of operational business issues
Work with LATAM and Global Legal Department to help create, develop, implement and maintain a risk-based compliance program with consistent and effective policies and procedures that balance the overall corporate philosophy of the company with local country (i.
e. within Region) specific laws, rules, culture; provide associated legal advice
Plan and as required, deliver risk-based training program including competition law, compliance training; implementation of intranet-
based range of templates for nominated users
Work closely with Company Secretarial Department and Tax / Treasury Department on general corporate and governance matters related to legal entities (board meetings, corporate filings etc.
and (under a standard slate of statutory directors) act as a statutory director of multiple legal entities domiciled in Region
Work closely with HR Department in the Region on general employment issues including realignments, restructurings, termination issues, employment contracts, other issues common to HR and Legal (e.g. litigation reports)
Work closely with other members of LATAM Legal Department on various pan-LATAM matters
Work closely with Global Legal Department including Group GCs and other lead lawyers (e.g. company secretarial, compliance, employment, IP, litigation, M&A, regulatory) on regional, LATAM or global issues
This leader sets a high bar for performance and develops others in their wake. This individual can align and influence through direct and indirect authority, and communicates effectively across teams, functions, and regions
Work closely with business groups and divisions on variety of regulatory issues (e.g. promotional practices, policies, product labelling, etc.)
Work closely with the business groups and divisions and Facilities Department within the region on real property leases and facility projects
Effectively establish and manage relationships with external counsel for the Region.
Build a high performing team to provide Regional internal legal support and coordination
Develop and implement an annual operating plan for the Region to include staffing plans and budget, including outsourced services.
Monitor and review budget spending on a periodic basis
Experience and Skills :
Intellectually strong and qualified as a lawyer in a jurisdiction within the Region and from an internationally recognized University / law school with qualification to practice in the Region and particularly to practice in major economy / economies of the Region
At least 10 years’ experience preferably representing life science, fast moving consumer goods, other relevant regulated-
sector companies, either multinational company legal department
Previous experience working with international law firm preferred
Solid experience of working with major US-domiciled corporations and business, varies legal approaches, and cross-functional multinational and multicultural teams
Excellent business sense with innate good judgement and strong influencing skills
Ability to develop practical processes / approaches, and to drive solutions to completion
Experience in team building and management, excellent communication / negotiation skills, diplomatic and strong presence, enthusiastic self-
starter, flexible mindset
Fluent in spoken and written English and Spanish (additional language(s) an advantage)
Travel within the region and in LATAM is estimated at 40%