Senior Legal Counsel - until 30.09.2020 (m/f/d)

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization:

Act as “Strategic Business Partner”, “Advisor” and “Leader” to the organisation in all relevant legal issues.  Manage and lead to ensure the best advice, solutions and challenges to enable strategic initiatives and protect and enhance our assets, reputation and interests.  At all times ensuring a consistent and high standard of all Global Legal standards and principles for business partners.


Key Responsibilities:             

Business Partnering

  • Take a pro-active role as key business partner for Global Functions at HQ level in the design and implementation of the Legal strategic plan.
  • Maintain a high level of interaction with key business partners and contribute to the decision-making process of structuring and developing the legal support plan. Actively help develop business strategy & initiatives with effective legal and compliance advice, measures, solutions and challenges.
  • Ensure and promote cross-functional collaboration and support the ‘One Global Legal team’ philosophy.


  • Strategically lead and be responsible for the provision of legal services and compliance requirements for Global Functions business partners in accordance with global and local strategies.
  • Define the team’s and legal operational and organizational structure, set objectives, and manage workloads and results to achieve goals while adopting best practices and achieving continuous process improvement.
  • Ensure high team engagement at every level through effective motivation, coaching, training, and development of personnel.


Legal Role

  • Lead the management, negotiation and resolution of key, complex and high value legal and business issues for client groups.
  • Lead selected legal projects and co-ordinate their rollout across all relevant markets.
  • Provide expert guidance and advice on key, complex and high value contract law matters.
  • Oversea the continual development of proactive and reactive training and learning materials that are applicable and relevant to stakeholders.
  • Drive initiatives and efficient legal processes, in close co-ordination with business partners, management team and in close alignment with the wider Global Legal function.
  • Drive innovative and value-adding business processes, policies and solutions.



  • Create an environment which promotes and sets the foundation for excellence in execution.
  • Create opportunities to act as a coach/mentor for legal and non-legal stakeholders.


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Proven commercial and strategic thinker with confidence and speed in execution.
  • Ability to develop and implement strategy.
  • Comprehensive business understanding of processes and structure.
  • Ability to build relationships with key business stake holders.
  • Must have the ability to interact at the highest levels of management including Board level and the Global Legal function.
  • An acute sense and experience of legal business management and administration with an ability to make practical evaluations of risk.
  • Expert in contract law, drafting, negotiation and business counselling.
  • Ability to work both independently and to manage and prioritise substantial and diverse workloads. 
  • Ability to effectively communicate complex issues in a comprehensible manner.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills required.
  • Must be fluent in English and German a significant advantage.

Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications

  1. Law degree with local legal professional admission in good standing.
  2. 10+ years of law firm or corporate counsel experience in general corporate, transactional and commercial law.
  3. Experience within a multinational company with multi-market teams.

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Job Title:  Senior Legal Counsel - until 30.09.2020 (m/f/d)

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Herzogenaurach
TEAM:  Legal / SEA
State:  BY
Country/Region:  DE
Contract Type:  Temp
Number:  234590