Compliance / Commercial Counsel

Ferrero International S.A.
Aug 31, 2023
Sep 28, 2023
Contract Type

Ferrero is a family–owned company with a truly progressive and global outlook and iconic brands such as Nutella , Tic Tac , Ferrero Rocher , Raffaello , Kinder Bueno and Kinder Surprise . As the love for our brands continues to grow, so too does our global reach. Represented in more than 50 countries, with products sold in more than 170, the Ferrero Group is loved by generations around the world. The secret to our global success? 38,767 dedicated employees who celebrate care and quality to craft a business, careers and brands we are proud of. Join us, and you could be one of them.

Ferrero is committed to building a diverse and inclusive culture in which all employees feel welcomed and appreciated and have the same opportunities. We believe all of our people are equally talented in their own way. In nurturing the curiosity and natural abilities of our employees, we provide them, generation after generation, the means to succeed personally and professionally, enabling them to craft their journey at Ferrero. The diversity of our talents is what makes our work environment multicultural, innovative and highly rewarding.

About the Role:

Ferrero is currently seeking a Compliance Counsel to join their team situated in the Greenford offices. The role involves providing legal support to businesses operating in the UK & Ireland Region, with a particular emphasis on working closely with key stakeholders to foster collaboration across various functions. Responsibilities include offering legal advice on compliance matters, such as intellectual property, contractual law, marketing, and advertising.

The selected candidate will report directly to and collaborate closely with the General Counsel in the International Area Legal team. They will also work alongside the Group Compliance Counsel as a member of the Global Compliance Team. Additionally, the position includes managerial duties, overseeing the Legal Executive within the team.

Main Responsibilities:

As a member of the legal team, you will be responsible for providing commercial legal advice and conducting reviews in various areas. In terms of litigation and dispute resolution, your role will involve reviewing and providing advice on disputes, code/regulatory violations, and overseeing the engagement of external counsel and settlement of claims with third parties.

You will also serve as the Ferrero Ireland legal lead, where your responsibilities will include ensuring legal compliance, offering guidance, managing contracts, and providing general legal advice to all FMCG sales, Supply Chain, and Industrial operations in Ireland.

Supporting the Procurement function, you will assist with contracts, policies, and general legal matters. As the Intellectual Property Regional specialist, you will have full responsibility for managing IP matters in the region, including tasks such as registration and portfolio support, training, and enforcement activities.

Collaborating closely with the General Counsel, your role will involve supporting the Marketing, Customer Development, and Consumer Insights teams to ensure full legal and regulatory compliance for the UK & Ireland business. This includes conducting campaign reviews and approvals, providing training and guidance, and reviewing contracts to ensure adherence to applicable laws and regulations.

You will work in collaboration with the Group Compliance Counsel to adequately manage and support legal risks and compliance within the UK & Ireland Region. This will involve creating and delivering training programs on various compliance topics in line with Ferrero Group standards. You will also be responsible for developing and arranging in–house training programs to enhance business awareness and compliance in areas such as Anti–trust, Anti–Bribery and Corruption, Modern Slavery, dawn raids, Data Protection, GSCOP, and other Group policies.

Maintaining the Compliance Platform and the Lawbot tool for Ferrero UK & Ireland

Commercial Contracts Management – you will be involved in drafting, reviewing, and negotiating various agreements such as distribution, supply, sales, information technology, procurement, and supply chain agreements, among others. Applying GRC (Governance, Risk, and Compliance) standards, supporting the development of Group templates and clauses, and managing contract standards will be essential aspects of your role. You will also be responsible for instructing and managing the engagement of external counsel for the Region, ensuring effective management of fees and instructions to provide value for money to the business.

Who we are looking for:

You must have significant in–house experience, preferably in an FMCG or retail business environment, focusing on compliance matters and contracts. A minimum of 3+ years PQE (Post–Qualified Experience) is required. They should possess a proven track record of professional experience, along with demonstrated management, interpersonal, and negotiation skills. The ability to work autonomously and proactively is essential.

Experience in advising and working on critical compliance legal areas is a requirement, including HSE (Health, Safety, and Environment), Bribery Act, Modern Slavery, Data Protection, and Competition law.

It is desirable that you will have experience of at least 3 years in a commercial business environment

How to be successful in the role and at Ferrero:

Consumers, quality and care are at the heart of everything we do. So, to be successful at Ferrero, you'll need to be just as consumer and product centric as we are – dedicated to crafting brilliant results for consumers around the world.