In-House Assistant General Counsel – Canada Job in Toronto, Canada
Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Beauty & Personal Care, Home Care, and Foods & Refreshment products with sales in over 190 countries and reaching 2.5 billion consumers a day. It has 161,000 employees and generated sales of €53.7 billion in 2017. Over half (57%) of the company’s footprint is in developing and emerging markets. Unilever has more than 400 brands found in homes all over the world, including Persil, Dove, Knorr, Domestos, Hellmann’s, Lipton, Wall’s, PG Tips, Ben & Jerry’s, Magnum and Lynx.
Job Description – In-House Assistant General Counsel – Canada
Unilever is seeking to add an Assistant General Counsel – Canada to its Toronto team. The AGC will provide legal advice to the Canadian business in a true business partnering fashion.
Key Accountabilities and Responsibilities
- Provide legal advice on a broad variety of commercial and marketing law matters, including advertising, food and drug, IP, commercial and promotions, contract drafting and negotiation, privacy and data security, quality, labour and employment, and supply chain.
- Review and clear marketing materials (labels, digital, print web copy, TV commercials, etc.) to ensure compliance to all applicable laws, guidelines and regulations; ensure claims/marketing materials are aligned with Unilever’s contractual arrangements; and counsel on whether materials have any privacy issues.
- Address issues concerning rights of publicity, trademark, copyright, celebrity endorsements, and, where necessary, prepare network letters for clearance of TV ads.
- Provide local perspective on claims/marketing strategies and help brands find creative claims that satisfy local and regional/global requirements.
- Draft and negotiate marketing-related contracts, use and develop new templates, and streamline the contract practice.
- Provide advice on IP matters, including licensing, marketing, and software agreements.
- Handle claims disputes, interface with government agencies and other third parties on non-claims, and develop and defend strategies for all product-related regulatory enforcement actions.
Education and Professional Skills/Knowledge
- LL.B. or J.D. degree (or equivalent).
- Good standing with a Canadian Law Society.
- 5+ years of corporate commercial and marketing law experience, including claims development, advertising issues, privacy, and contract drafting.
- Excellent communication skills and strong business acumen and initiative.
- Reputation as a people leader and the ability to lead a practice area within a group.
- In-house experience would be considered an asset.
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