Legal Counsel - Employment

Boston Consulting Group
Jul 04, 2024
Jul 18, 2024
Contract Type

BCG is partnering with our clients to tackle some of the world s biggest and most pressing challenges. Grounded by our values and guided by our purpose, BCGers unlock the potential of those who advance the world. Our Global Legal Team is a key enabler of our firm s success, helping to drive impact and progress across a number of important dimensions.

As a Legal team member, you will work across BCG teams and functions to support our business strategy, provide counsel and expertise, drive legal innovation, and leverage the power of new ways of working.

  • As part of BCG s team of employment lawyers, you will be expected to manage a number of global employment–related projects across 50+ countries. Building a partnership with other members of BCG s global employment centre of expertise (CoE) in relation to those global projects, is an essential part of this work
  • Provide support, in conjunction with the senior employment lawyer in London, across BCG s London, Amsterdam and Brussels (LAB) offices, covering the full range of employment issues including hiring, termination, mobility and immigration, disputes, investigations, regulatory issues, global and local forms and approaches, and advisory support for specific employee issues and counselling;
  • Coordinate closely with the HR function on a global basis to ensure a consistent approach to policies and decision–making across the global organization;
  • Team successfully across BCG and integrate fully into BCG s Global Legal Team to resolve or support resolution of complex HR and employment legal issues (both internally and matters where it could interface with external parties);
  • Contribute to developing and maintaining Legal Team intellectual property, including template forms, and other materials;
  • Work with and manage external counsel
  • Perform other duties as assigned or required

In all cases, BCG s Legal Counsel will be an exceptional lawyer, able to efficiently deliver high quality work, and will have substantial experience of advising on commercial, strategic, and outcome–based solutions to people issues.


Technical and functional expertise desired:

  • Independent and critical thinker with a creative and employee–focused mindset aligned to the principles (rather than arbitrary rules) that maintain BCG s outstanding record as an employer of choice;
  • Must exhibit exceptional organizational skills, efficient project management and timely execution of tasks to meet deadlines and objectives
  • Superior analytical skills and creative problem–solving ability, with an appreciation for striking a practical balance between business and legal objectives;
  • Talent for absorbing new skill sets and areas of expertise quickly and comfortably and the flexibility to deal with a diverse international set of stakeholders and advisors;
  • The ability to quickly comprehend complex sets of international laws and regulations and interpret those laws within the context of BCG s global policies and values;
  • A positive, dynamic, business–focused approach to legal practice;
  • Perform successfully and produce results in a fast–paced, intellectually intense, client–oriented environment;
  • Be a pragmatic, high–energy professional, with personal and professional self–confidence with great judgement in ambiguous situations; and
  • Have the interpersonal skills necessary to build relationships throughout a loosely structured, highly collaborative and consensus driven organization.


  • Legally qualified within the UK, with deep global strategic and operational employment law expertise;
  • 5+ years PQE of practicing labour and employment law (candidates outside of this range will also be considered if they can demonstrate they meet the overall requirements of the role);
  • Experienced at managing complex projects; highly organized;
  • Prior experience with a reputable law firm preferable, as well as in house experience within a complex international organization, preferably professional services or similar;
  • Comfortable presenting to both large and small audiences;
  • Experienced at managing outside legal advisers and other providers of expert advice on employee matters
  • English fluency; fluency in any other language is a plus.


A variety of cohorts and functions across the company, including local and global HR stakeholders, members of the BCG Global Legal Team, Immigration/Mobility, Finance, and the Partnership. You will report into the Employment group with the Legal Team.