A global Luxury group, Kering manages the development of a series of renowned Maisons in Fashion, Leather Goods, Jewelry and Watches: Gucci, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Brioni, Boucheron, Pomellato, Dodo, Qeelin, Ulysse Nardin, Girard-Perregaux, as well as Kering Eyewear. By placing creativity at the heart of its strategy, Kering enables its Maisons to set new limits in terms of their creative expression while crafting tomorrow's Luxury in a sustainable and responsible way. We capture these beliefs in our signature: “Empowering Imagination.”
Kering is investing in a new role, Counsel, Corporate & Commercial, responsible for supporting the diverse legal needs of the company and its internal clients in the Americas region. This position will be responsible for partnering closely with and providing routine counsel and legal support to the company on a variety of legal matters arising in a global retail environment, with a focus on commercial contracts, consumer protection, privacy matters, trade compliance, and procurement.
The Kering Americas organization supports 4,500 employees belonging to 12 different European luxury houses and located across 5 countries in North & South America. The role of Counsel, Corporate & Commercial will require a driven individual, looking for a fast-paced, dynamic and complex work environment. The position will work closely with various internal stakeholders including, brand management and others. The role will strive to provide supportive and streamlined experience to our brands in close alignment with Kering’s core values with an eye toward strategic risk mitigation.
How You Contribute
A successful candidate for Counsel, Corporate & Commercial will be able to support, protect and challenge internal clients as follows:
- Review, draft and/or negotiate high volume of contracts including service agreements, consulting agreements, procurement agreements, other retail business agreements.
- Advise on promotional materials, retail and/or packaging collateral for compliance with all applicable laws and requirements.
- Assist in the management of commercial litigation and claims matters, Including consumer protection and product safety matters.
- Conduct legal research, analysis and benchmarking as needed.
- Help develop and implement new processes, policies and training as needed, based on legal and regulatory requirements, industry standards and best practices.
- Provide strategic, creative and effective legal and business advice to balance legal risk against business needs and goals.
- Partner with business units to integrate legal requirements into business planning.
- Work collaboratively with Legal team and business clients.
- Keep abreast of legal decisions, statutory changes and other developments, and advise the company on the same.
- Develop strong internal relationships with regional and global brand management, brand counsel to become a trusted resource and subject matter expert.
- Assist in the supervision of paralegal in connection with brand protection activities.
- Build and manage strong relationships and gain organizational buy-in and adoption in a highly matrixed, global organization to ensure consistency and best practice sharing. Lead by example and positively influence stakeholders, clients and team members.
- Other duties as assigned.
Who you are
- 5-8 years’ experience as corporate, commercial and/or M&A counsel, with sufficient experience and ability to handle responsibilities with minimum supervision. Both external and in-house experience preferred.
- Strong working knowledge of the luxury retail industry.
- Experience supporting global projects highly desirable.
- Strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills.
- Ability to manage a variety of internal client demands appropriately and work in a fast-paced environment.
- Initiative and ability to work autonomously and set strategic goals, while remaining a strong and supportive team member.
- Exercise good judgment and recognize when to ask for help or escalate issues.
- Ability to handle sensitive / confidential Information requiring a high level of discretion, respect and integrity.
- Strong time management, project management and prioritization skills, with the ability to multi-task and manage multiple projects / matters to closure.
- Strategic thinking with an ability to leverage business sense, creative problem-solving skills and sense of prioritization when resolving issues.
- Exceptional networking and relationship management skills; ability to influence change and instill confidence in stakeholders at all levels of the organization to help advance Kering’s goals to promote compliance, risk mitigation and best practices. Prior experience operating in both global and/or highly matrixed organizations ideal.
- Strong, clear, concise verbal and written communication skills that can adapt based on the audience; comfort in communicating to senior management and internal clients at all levels of the organization.
- Strong project management skills; able to work under stringent deadlines and high pressure and be able to prioritize a heavy workload with multiple deadlines. Ability to work autonomously and with flexibility.
- JD from an ABA accredited top law school, member of good standing in at least one State Bar, preferably in New York (or ability to register as In-House Counsel in New York).
Kering Americas Inc