Senior Director Legal Japan

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization:


The Senior Director Legal is tasked with providing and leading all legal advisory services in Japan. Reporting into the General Counsel APAC + GCA, this role is tasked to represent Global Legal in Japan driving legal excellence and compliance, to ensure legal compliance, increased risk awareness as well as transparency. The role shall provide strategic and commercial legal guidance to business teams in Japan, coordinate and execute independently throughout all phases of an assigned activity and ensure appropriate quality, documentation, and communication. The role will select and manage external legal counsels in Japan with the support of local Finance team when necessary. The Senior Director Legal shall support General Counsel, APAC + GCA to manage global initiatives rollout in Japan. The role entails close interaction with each of the functions within the country. The role encompasses adidas and adidas Golf.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Member of Senior Leadership Team: have overall responsibility for identifying and mitigating legal risks and providing strategic and commercial legal advice for Japan.
  • Provide, oversee and facilitate legal services to adidas Japan: including counselling, contract review, drafting and negotiation, drafting of templates, advising on legal issues and risks, structuring of transactions, legal risk assessment, and dispute avoidance to protect interests of adidas.
  • Provide legal support and advice: on various issues in company’s daily business and operations, including general commercial advice, privacy and data protection, promotions, HR etc.
  • Provide legal support and advice on consumer complaints
  • Identify and lead legal projects and initiatives, and coordinate cross-function and/or cross-border efforts
  • Develop, maintain and facilitate legal review and update of guidelines, internal policies and procedures
  • Working with the business to identify best practice legal solutions, drafting templates etc.
  • Working with the business and Global Privacy Team for privacy and data protection matters: to identify, minimize and address privacy and data protection risks, and support global privacy initiatives.
  • Provide, oversee and facilitate global initiatives rollout in Japan.
  • Manage external counsel: provide effective and appropriate supervision and management of delivery of legal services.
  • Manage internal legal team
  • Develop and conduct educational programs and materials: as appropriate in relevant legal and compliance areas to commercial teams in Japan.
  • Monitor changes and developments: in the legal and regulatory environment in Japan and provide guidance to adidas Japan management.
  • Work closely with other legal departments of adidas: to ensure effective collaboration to achieve an advantageous position for adidas.
  • Ensure compliance related matters are appropriately handed: including all aspects of communication, education and facilitation of the FairPlay framework with assigned business partners
  • Local Compliance Officer for Japan: minimum capacity commitment of 20%
  • Prevention: drive culture of compliance and integrity, risk assessments, compliance communications, policy implementation, trainings etc
  • Detection: administer compliance controls and other detection processes
  • Response: manage compliance incidents, investigations, consequences etc.
  • Collaborate closely with Regional Compliance Managers and Group Compliance Management: to ensure the effective implementation and continuous improvement of the compliance management system
  • Oversee and facilitate corporate secretarial functions
  • Leadership: Convert the adidas leadership principles into efficient lateral leadership focusing on cross functional collaboration across all business areas as well as on creativity and flexibility when providing advice.


Key Relationships:

  • Global Legal APAC + GCA
  • Japan Legal teams
  • Global Privacy and Compliance Department
  • Japan senior management
  • Information Security APAC
  • External counsel and/or consultants
  • Suppliers


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including communication on executive level, in order to liaise with internal and external parties in confidential matters
  • Strong background in contract law, drafting and negotiation and business counselling
  • Must be fluent in English (written and spoken)
  • Excellent client relations management skills (including ability to interact with clients with all levels.
  • Strong commercial sense and ability to make practical evaluations of risks
  • High degree of stakeholder orientation and appropriate prioritization
  • Ability to work independently and manage and prioritize substantial and diverse workload in challenging legal environment
  • Excellent analytical skills in order to analyze complex issues and to improve processes and techniques
  • Strong team player.
  • Willingness to travel regionally and internationally.


Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:


  • 10+ years' post qualification experience in an international law firm and in-house.
  • Qualified in Japan; qualification and/or experience in another jurisdiction within APAC preferred
  • Confidence in communicating with senior and executive management level


  • Working experience in complex multi-national environments
  • Solid experience in general corporate work, commercial contracts and employment law in Japan

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Job Title:  Senior Director Legal Japan

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Tokyo
TEAM:  Legal / SEA
State:  13
Country/Region:  JP
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  498548
Date:  Sep 23, 2023