On the 2nd July 2018 Unilever completed the sale of the Spreads Business and it is now under the new ownership of KKR as “Upfield”, therefore any successful applicants will be employed by “Upfield Foods” not Unilever. For more details on Upfield, please click here ( https://www.upfield.com/ ).
Legal Counsel – Africa Middle East & Asia (AMEA)
Based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Do you know your Kale from your Quinoa or the difference between a Flexitarian to a Regenerative Grazer? We are looking for top talent for an exciting new movement within the Food Industry.
Upfield is a global leader in plant-based nutrition with a great history and a portfolio of iconic brands that people have used and trusted for generations. This includes Flora, Rama, Becel, Blue Band, Country Crock, I Can’t Believe it’s not Butter and ProActiv.
We are a global food company with 27 business units operating in 95 markets. We have the mind-set of a start-up. This makes us fast, agile, entrepreneurial, cost conscious and accountable for our products – from seed to serving at the breakfast, lunch or dinner table.
We take quality seriously and around the world we taste products every 30 seconds. We take our consumers seriously and more than 150 people will taste test each of our new innovations before they hit the shelves.
This newly created role is a fantastic opportunity for an enthusiastic, energetic and bright legal counsel to learn and gain new experience in a truly international food company. You will work closely with the Chief Legal Officer (AMEA) and must thrive on handling a varied mixed bag of diverse legal work. This role will be part of a small team of lawyers supporting the Asia, Middle East & Africa business.
Your focus will be to provide day-to-day legal support for the marketing, procurement, sales and R&D teams.
You will be a generalist who is comfortable providing legal advice in relation to contracts, IP, marketing, employment and competition law.
You should have some experience advising on food regulation and/or working closely with the R&D, procurement and marketing and sales teams in other sectors.
You will assist setting up and managing internal processes to facilitate a smoother experience from business units.
You can help create, implement and execute company-wide governance and compliance policies and procedures.
You’ll have experience in managing external advisors and obtaining ‘fit for purpose’ business focused advice.
You’ll provide business focused legal training on a range of topics to give business colleagues tools to manage the business more effectives.
Skills, Experience and Qualification
A Law Degree from a reputable university, Master of Laws (LLM) is an added advantage.
You must be a confident, well-rounded UAE based legal counsel with 5+ years of experience (part of which must have been gained with an international in-house team).
You shall have exceptional English skills and preference will be given to candidates with fluency in additional languages.
You should be a generalist but with some experience in food regulation and/or marketing & advertising.
You will be able to provide commercial, clear and concise legal advice while demonstrating sound business acumen and knowledge of company objectives.
You must not be afraid to give a view/recommendation when asked and balance legal compliance and business risk.
You will be a key member of the team, advising colleagues and management and working collaboratively giving risk-based solutions to diverse business problems.
You will have excellent communication skills and confident to work at all levels in the business. Detail oriented and highly organized.
You should be willing to use technology to help deliver as streamlined legal function.
Your Personal Power!
At Upfield we want you to bring your ideas, your motivation and desire to succeed! This part of the role is up to you to complete.
At Upfield our purpose is clear……Making people healthier and happier with great-tasting, healthy and natural plant-based products which are good for our planet!
We are a highly entrepreneurial fast-paced team running a multi-billion Euro business across 60+ countries with the mind-set of a start-up! We are agile, creative, fast-to-market and obsessed with customers and consumers. If you are an entrepreneur at heart and have a passion for winning, a strong understanding of the FMCG business, and would like to join us apply online!
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