Legal Counsel Greece - Iberia

Diageo
Πλήρης απασχόληση Γεμάτη μέρα
Αθήνα
Job Description

About us

With over 200 brands sold in nearly 180 countries, we’re the world’s leading premium drinks company. Join us to collaborate, explore, and innovate as you build brands consumers love. Together with passionate people from all over the world, you’ll test new ideas, learn and unlock a brighter, more exciting future.

About The Role

Scope

  • The Legal Director Southern Europe and two senior Market Counsels provide legal leadership and advice to key collaborators and their wider teams in the Southern Europe market.
  • The Counsel Greece and Iberia reports to the Legal Director Southern Europe and will provide dedicated support to the Legal Director and the two senior Market Counsels, with particular focus on the Greek and Iberian jurisdictions.
  • The Legal Counsel will require a high level of professionalism and integrity, with good analytical and drafting skills, in particular in the area of commercial contracts, consumer and marketing laws and regulations, data privacy, and with some experience of Competition law.
  • They will need to have a commercial pragmatic approach, be able to explain legal concepts in a clear and practical manner; work autonomously and take initiative; have good interpersonal and influencing skills; be able to flex their style to suit context; be flexible in their approach to supporting different priorities across Southern Europe and be confident to support with presentations and training sessions to diverse audiences.
  • Key partners include the Legal Director Southern Europe, two senior Market Counsels, the SE Marketing Team, the Commercial Teams in Greece and Iberia, and the Revenue and Category Growth team.

Purpose and role dimensions

The purpose of the Legal function is to underpin Diageo's growth and reputation while supporting Diageo's standards of business conduct.

Market Environment/Complexity

The Diageo Southern Europe market comprises Spain, Portugal, France, Italy and Greece. The Diageo business in the Greek and Iberian markets has specific complexities particularly in its route to market.

The legal and regulatory constraints that apply to the distribution, sale and marketing of beverage alcohol in the two jurisdictions, together with Diageo’s leading position in certain market categories, make the provision of legal support challenging. Besides, the external environment in both jurisdictions is sophisticateambitiousenging and there continues to be the threat of further Government intervention and additional regulations and restrictions on the alcohol industry, whether from additional duty increases, labelling requirements, advertising restraints, etc.

The Legal Counsel Will Support The Achievement Of The Southern Europe Market Growth Strategy And Diageo’s Performance Ambition, With a Focus On Greece And Iberia. They Will Provide Creative, Pragmatic And Efficient Legal Support For Long-term, Balanced Success, Employing Commercial Competence, Lateral Thinking, Extraordinary Risk Management And Brilliant Execution. They Will Be Expected To

  • Support the Market Counsel Southern Europe (Iberia & Greece) and the Southern Europe Legal Director on legal commercial matters, including advising on, drafting and reviewing commercial contracts, marketing and sponsorship agreements with a special focus on Greece.
  • Advise on legal and reputational issues on consumer and customer marketing activities, innovation launches and sponsorship in Greece/Iberia; and support with consumer and regulatory complaints.
  • Support delivery of the critical Compliance agenda including supporting the Legal Director and Market Counsels in providing relevant Legal Compliance training across all teams in Greece/Iberia, including regular refresher sessions.
  • Carry out general legal research. Monitor and provide updates on changes to the regulatory landscape.
  • Assist with development of team know-how and lead the processes for document and knowledge management, and records retention; and
  • Work closely with specialist global legal function teams (IP, Antitrust, Business Integrity, Brand Protection and Corporate Security) for issues and initiatives relevant to Greece/Iberia.

Top Accountabilities

  • Enabling the achievement of Diageo Performance Ambition: provide proactive and fit for purpose legal advice to enable Diageo to beat the competition and drive achievement of performance goals, always doing business the right way.
  • Reputation Management: support outstanding governance, effective compliance and risk management across France and Italy. Provide proactive input to prevent and address key business risks, mitigate impact by early involvement and guide resolution of issues. Help to build an environment where appropriate risks are taken, driving multidisciplinary performance to protect and maintain reputation.
  • Cost Management: effectively lead overhead and cost-savings by supervising end-to-end legal spend and handling budget to deliver savings.
  • People Growth: have a strong dedication to personal growth and capability building, aligned behind and accountable for business performance.

Requirements

About you

  • Lawyer qualified in the EU, with 2-4 years of relevant commercial legal practice experience gained in leading law firm and/or in-house.
  • Knowledge and understanding of legal issues relevant to the commercial business in Greece and/or Iberia.
  • Languages: Proficiency in English is required. Proficiency in Greek and Spanish is an advantage.

Working with us

Flexibility

This is key to success in our business and many of our staff work flexibly in many different ways, including part-time and compressed hours. Please talk to us about what flexibility means to you and don’t let anything stop you from applying.

Diversity statement

Celebrating our inclusive and diverse culture is core to Diageo’s purpose of “celebrating life every day everywhere”. This purpose is, in itself, inclusive in nature, as it values everybody irrespective of background, disability, religion, gender identity, sexuality or ethnicity.

We know that for our business to thrive and for Diageo to realize its ambition, we depend on having diverse talent with a range of backgrounds, skills and capabilities in each of the 180 countries in which we operate and to reflect our broad consumer base. We view diversity as one of the key enablers that helps our business to grow and our values, purpose and standards set the conditions for us to respect the unique contribution each person brings.

Worker Type

Regular

Primary Location:

Athens

Additional Locations :

Job Posting Start Date

2024-05-16

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