The Swatch Group Ltd. is the number one manufacturer of finished watches in the world. The Group is active in the manufacture of finished watches, jewelry, and watch movements and components.
It produces nearly all of the components necessary to manufacture the watches sold under its 18 watch brands and the multi-
brand Tourbillon and Hour Passion retail labels, as well as the entire Swiss watchmaking industry. In addition, it operates its own worldwide network of distribution organizations.
The Swatch Group is also a key player in the electronic systems sector.
This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced and dynamic Lawyer to join Swatch Group (UK) Limited.
Role purpose :
To provide legal advice to all brands and divisions of the Company;
To review the Company's activities and to ensure compliance with local laws;
To initiate and coordinate anti-counterfeiting activities;
To represent the Company in defined legal proceedings;
To provide assistance in all activities in regard of corporate housekeeping
To provide assistance to the Legal Department of The Swatch Group Ltd. with regard to special projects.
a)Draft Company resolutions under the guidance of the Legal Department of The Swatch Group Ltd.;
b)Prepare, review and file all necessary Company applications and registrations with local authorities, including maintenance and regular updating of all applicable statutory registers and records, timely submission of statutory returns and documents in coordination with the company secretary;
c)Review, draft and negotiate legal documents and contracts for the Company’s day to day operation; support the Legal Department of The Swatch Group Ltd.
in major or important contractual negotiations;
d)Provide advice to the Company in all legal matters;
e)Represent the Company’s interests before local authorities, associations, commissions, as well as vis-à-vis clients and suppliers;
f)Assist in the settlement of legal cases through mediation and the conclusion of settlement agreements;
g)Represent the Company in court proceedings, before ordinary and arbitration courts; suggestions regarding the representation of any Company through external lawyers to be approved by Supervisor;
h)Initiate and coordinate anti-counterfeiting activities on all levels for Swatch Group brands, e.g. the internet, raid of manufacturing sites, customs protection of Swatch Group brands;
i)Review and file all legal documents, including, but not limited to, Company contracts and registration documents, and maintain complete records;
j)Follow-up and supervise contractual terms, filing deadlines and due dates;
k)Follow and inform about relevant legal developments, e.g. new laws, relevant jurisprudence; Provide legal research on topics defined by Supervisor;
l)Ensure protection of intellectual property rights of group companies in coordination with the Legal Department;
m)Ensure implementation of and compliance with applicable statutory requirements, policies and directives issued by The Swatch Group Ltd and the internal control system.
High level of planning and organisational skills, with a great ability to multi-task and meet tight deadlines
Excellent drafting, communication (written and verbal) and negotiating skillsExcellent accuracy and attention to detail
England and Wales qualified lawyer
Demonstrable experience of a minimum of three years practice providing commercial legal advice as an in-house counsel is essential
A strong working knowledge of commercial contract law and intellectual property rights
Working knowledge of data protection laws (including GDPR) and compliance issues
Employment law experience