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Head of Legal – India & Neighboring Countries

Job Name

Head of Legal – India & Neighboring Countries

Country:

India

City:

Gurgaon

Function:

Legal

Reporting Line:

General Counsel – AMEA & GTR

Job type:

Full time

Lead recruiter:

Amy Geng

About the role

YOUR OPPORTUNITY
As Legal Director for India you will be the primary legal advisor for the Indian business. This is an exceptionally varied role requiring providing high quality and timely legal advice to the Indian Leadership Team on a wide range of commercial matters

ABOUT YOU
This role will be involved in the daily business operations and will be working on a broad range of legal matters. In particular, this role will support frontline commercial operations, marketing activities and supply chain business heads, as well as provide legal input into key projects and transactions across the Indian business, in line with the Bacardi group’s short and long-term business objectives. It will ensure that the Indian business is operating within the law by providing adequate compliance and training programs.

Responsibilities

RESPONSIBILITIES - WITH OUR CONSUMER AT THE HEART YOUR KEY FOCUS WILL BE
  • Provide expert counsel and advice to the Indian business on legal, regulatory, and social responsibility issues impacting the business. In addition, be an active member of the Indian Leadership Team by providing overall review and recommendations regarding major, business decisions as well as legal and compliance decisions affecting the Indian business, influencing, and persuading through clear communication, feedback and follow-up.
  • Proactively communicate issues back to the Indian Leadership Team and drive good business, legal and operational processes throughout the organization.
  • Prioritise legal advice on “front line” (sales and marketing) activities in the Indian Business, ensuring compliance with all applicable local and regional laws and regulations, as well internal policies, and guidelines. In doing so, you will maintain frequent communication with key personnel within the Indian Business and country level, as well as coordinate with teams involved in IP, marketing, trademark claims, product labelling, international customers, competition law and other related fields.
  • Manage the process, negotiation, drafting and monitoring of legal documents in the full spectrum of commercial transactions involving the Indian Business. Representative transactions include distribution and other route to market agreements, on and off trade customer agreements, advertising and promotional agreements, agency contracts, digital campaigns, creating or reviewing standard terms and conditions of sale and purchase, consumer promotion terms and conditions, service agreements, warehousing and logistics arrangements, and Indian procurement agreements.
  • Provide legal and policy support to the other functions in the Indian Business, including HR, Finance, IT, Supply Chain and Internal Audit.
  • Play a key role in promoting compliance with the Bacardi Code of Conduct, by living and advocating ethical management and sustainable growth across the Indian Business, rolling out global/regional compliance initiatives and designing local compliance initiatives as needed, in accordance with key stakeholders.
  • Manage dispute procedures, including litigation and pre-litigation claims, negotiations, arbitration, mediation and other forms of dispute resolution.
  • In collaboration with the General Counsel for Operations provide overall legal support to the operation teams in the Indian
  • Business, including providing advice and agreements for procurement, product regulation, environmental, and health/safety legal issues involving the plants, in coordination with internal and external regulatory experts. In carrying out the support you will coordinate with the relevant corporate counsel.
  • Support the Group Company Secretary and his/her team to ensure compliance with all applicable requirements, including maintaining proper Corporate Records, ensuring signatory policies are in place and are adhered to, holding appropriate meetings, and ensuring that operations comply with the bylaws and corporate governance procedures established for the
  • Indian Business, the AMEA Region and the Corporate Group.
  • Monitor the primary substantive areas of law and legal trends affecting the Indian Business, along with substantive changes, and provide guidance to ensure that the Indian Business is adequately addressing or adjusting to these changes.
  • Strong and proactive partnerships with all external stakeholders- industry associations, regulators on key business topics
  • Prepare and deliver the yearly budget for the legal function in the Indian Business, maintaining external spend and expenses on or below budget.
  • Supervise and develop junior legal counsel in India reporting to this position and any other administrative or junior staff, if assigned.
  • Proactively direct/manage outside counsel activities in support of all duties and responsibilities, including in budgeting, forecasting, and controlling outside legal costs. Effectively evaluate and optimize use of outside legal resources.
  • Drive development and implementation of various legal templates, forms, communications, and operational systems to improve the delivery and scalability of legal resources to group worldwide. Active participation in the Legal Centres of Excellence (“CoE”) on key areas of focus: commercial, governance and compliance, marketing/IP and operations.
  • Drive external affairs agenda for the Indian Business in conjunction with regional and global external affairs teams. This may involve interfacing where necessary with external policy makers and trade associations such as ISWAI to best support the strategic objective of the business.

MEASURES OF SUCCESS:
  • Integration with Indian Leadership Team and the regional Legal Team in order to provide business-savvy legal advice.
  • Effective and timely completion of transactions and documentation which facilitate business opportunities.
  • Smooth execution of global and local campaigns/activations/projects.
  • Working with the Global Compliance Centre (CoE) of excellence to make Compliance and the Code of Conduct a fundamental consideration in all business decisions.
  • Collaborate with the Operations CoE to deliver effective support any plants and ops facilities in the countries within the Indian Business.
  • Effective light touch support for BIL and its directors relying on the external corporate secretarial services provider and the Bacardi Corporate Secretarial group.
  • Deliver positive outcome on disputes or mitigate damages and/or exposure. 

Skills and Experience

SKILLS - THE SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE NEEDED TO CREATE YOUR LEGACY
  • The ideal candidate is someone who combines both top law firm experience to start and then in house experience at a recognized international company. Minimum of 10 years of relevant work experience.
  • Experience of interaction with management at all levels, acting with substantial autonomy. The ideal candidate also has strong business acumen, and experience working in a fast-moving matrix and cross-functional environment.
  • Educational degree: Law Degree with excellent academic curriculum. Fully qualified lawyer with a qualification to practice in India.
  • Fluent in Hindi and English (with real capacity and experience in the use of the language – oral and written- in a working commercial and legal environment);
  • Detailed knowledge of major areas of law relating to the functions of a major international corporation, with substantial commercial operations. Solid generalist legal background.
  • Outstanding critical thinking, analytical, negotiation and drafting skills

PERSONAL QUALITIES – SHARE OUR FOUNDER’S PASSION AND ENTREPRENEURIAL FLAIR
  • Uncompromising integrity and values, and ability to uphold and advance the same and the company’s ethics across the organization.
  • Strong personality with impact and business sense. Organizational intelligence and cross-cultural agility.
  • A self-starter who can further expand the position of Legal Director. A candidate with a strong sense of ownership and responsibility and with a drive for continuous improvement. It may help to have a background in FMCG sector, however more important is attitude, learning agility and a-getting-things done mentality.
  • Communication/Listening skills: Superior abilities to communicate orally and in writing with management, to clearly and concisely convey information and to listen to others.
  • Accessible and responsive to management and other members of the Legal function.
  • Operating skills: good at priority setting. Effectively manages workload by meeting deadlines and ensuring quality.
  • Pragmatic and intelligent risk-taker with the necessary savvy and presence to influence and persuade - a businessperson's lawyer, a strategic business partner, and creative problem-solver. Ability to assess risk and make (and take ownership of) recommendations and decisions in a fast-moving environment, with minimal supervision. Ability to effectively balance and align the business and legal objectives so as to enable the business to grow consistently with the stated business objectives and the company's values.



Our culture

We share the passion and entrepreneurial flair of our founder and are guided by our three culture pillars - Fearless, Family and Founders, they inspire our Primos to be the best they can be and drive us forward in all we do. But what does this mean?

·       Being Fearless; means adopting an agile mindset, being comfortable trying new things and taking risks. We are empowered to question, challenge and innovate.

·       Family; We treat each other, and our communities, like Family. Always.

·       Founders; The spirit of entrepreneurship is at the heart of everything we do. We see the business as if it’s our own. We do the right thing for the business and we all take accountability for our work.

When you join Bacardi, you become part of our family and gain more than just a job.


Disclaimer: Bacardi is an equal opportunity employer that values workforce diversity. Diversity is core to our business: by embedding diversity into all aspects of our culture, we maximize the opportunity to achieve sustainable business success and growth. The duties and responsibilities described in the role profile might not be a comprehensive list.