Manager - Legal Counsel (m/f/d)

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization:


Working within a small and dynamic team of experts, be a true business partner to clients across the company at one of the leading sports brands.  To be successful in this role, you must bring creativity and resourcefulness to solving problems, a keen ability to weigh risk versus reward and the ability to communicate legal advice to business clients in an accessible and actionable way. You should also be an ambitious self-starter who is hyper organized and comfortable taking on and independently managing projects through to completion.


Key Responsibilities:


  • Focus on and own negotiating and management of a variety of contracts for creative, production, digital and social agencies, as well as licensing, sponsorship, branded/custom content deals, and talent and endorsement agreements.
  • Protect the business interests of adidas in a variety of marketing and advertising matters by providing timely, relevant and pragmatic advice to stakeholders across the organization that enables delivering on business goals while appropriately managing legal risk.
  • Assess the need for, create and deliver legal advice, training and upskilling to a  variety of internal teams across the business.
  • Partner with Legal Counsel primarily responsible for sustainability and product marketing in providing on-the-ground support for Brand and Global Operations Sustainability teams.
  • Anticipate and support the continuous improvement of standard form agreements and the legal processes that support varied client stakeholders across the business.
  • Participate in drafting sponsorship or other agreements with international athletes, clubs and sport federations.
  • Provide legal support and advice to, internal producers, Global Newsrooms, Digital, and Global Brand Communications and Sports Marketing teams with respect to legal/contractual related matters.
  • Streamline the contract creation, negotiation and management process together with procurement team and other stakeholders.
  • Supervise and support adminstrative staff to ensure the correct preparation/handling of documentation.
  • Support the wider Brand & Sports Marketing Legal & Business Affairs team in international transactions and other projects, as may be requested from time to time.



Key Relationships:


  • Global Brand & Sports Marketing Legal & Business Affairs team
  • Global Brand Strategy & Global Operations
  • Brand Marketing Operations/Production & Procurement
  • Global Communications/Global PR
  • Global Intellectual Property/Finance & Controlling/Tax


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • Fluent in English (written and verbal) and demonstrable skills in negotiating and drafting of English commercial contracts. German or other European language skills are a bonus.
  • An enthuastic, energetic, honest person, who is equally comfortable working independently as in a team.
  • Familiarity/experience with a wide variety of marketing agreements, including client-agency and service provider agreements, sponsorship, endorsement & licensing, production and talent agreements.
  • Experience and good insight and understanding of todays social media, advertising and media environment.
  • Good organizational, prioritization and administrative skills (to be able to provide direction for the back office).
  • Professional and approachable, adaptable to a variety of personalities, roles and situations, effective communicator in cross-cultural working environments.
  • Flexible – must be willing to travel and work in different countries/jurisdictions


Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:


  • University law degree
  • 3 – 6 years of professional working experience in a relevant commercial environment.

adidas celebrates diversity, supports inclusiveness and encourages individual expression in our workplace. We do not tolerate the harassment or discrimination toward any of our applicants or employees. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Title:  Manager - Legal Counsel (m/f/d)

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Herzogenaurach
TEAM:  Legal / SEA
State:  BY
Country/Region:  DE
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  385717
Date:  Dec 2, 2021